Tropical storm Gabrielle, with winds near 50 mph, takes aim at the NC shore. Gabrielle will pass over the North Carolina Outer Banks and hit land fall Sunday.
A tropical storm warning remains in effect from Surf City, North Carolina — about 25 miles northeast of Wilmington — north to Cape Charles, Virginia, on the southern tip of the Delmarva Peninsula. A warning means tropical storm conditions are expected within the next 24 hours.
A tropical storm watch remains in effect in southeastern Virginia for the lower Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort. A watch means tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, usually within 36 hours. (CNN)
Gabrielle strengthened slightly – though not to hurricane level – as it moved toward a midday landfall between Cape Lookout and Cape Hatteras. After a brief landfall over state’s famous chain of barrier islands and Pamlico Sound, Gabrielle was expected to take a sharp turn back into the Atlantic.