Tropical storm Gabrielle hits North Carolina
North Carolina was hit by the tropical strom Gabrielle Sunday afternoon with winds that were measured at 50 mph. The Hurricane Center in Miami, FL determined that the storm was centered nearly 8 miles west of Kill Devil Hills, N.C. at approximately 8:00 PM ET. Conditions were noted as being "not that bad," but precautionary measures are still being taken, as warning signs remain posted between Cape Lookout and Cape Charles Light, Virginia.
Within the next 24-36 hours, it is very plausible that tropical storm weather will occur, which can possibly equate to storm-surge flooding 2-3 feet across the warning areas.
The worst that the storm is capable of producing would come from the rip currents along the shore and rough seas, conditions that surfers in the state aren't apparently all that opposed to.