Hurricane Sandy passes; gusty winds remain
 

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The National Hurricane Center has lifted the Tropical Storm Warning from Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender counties. Overall Sandy behaved much as we expected with rain 1-3" across the area, some minor coastal flooding, and winds gusting to 40-50 mph. Rainfall is over with now as the storm has passed to our north. Gusty winds will remain for a while; lasting through late Monday.

For a list of highest wind gusts and local rain totals, visit this link: NWS ILM Wind & Rain reports from Sandy


- Meteorologist Christina Anthony 

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My daughter and I want to come and look for sea shells. We live in the Piedmont area. Can we get through or are there road blocks? We are the adventurous types:)

No road blocks...but plenty of pot holes...and they were here long before this storm was just a puff of wind out at sea!
The infrastructure here remains without substance...but the sea shells are fine.

No road blocks. If you want to get to the beach today, you'll have no problems. It is, however, still very gusty as you would expect.

There seems to be more, Meteorologist, per capita, in Southeastern North Carolina, than anywhere else in the world!! Be safe everyone and remember, if you can't see the road, don't drive through that, flooded, street!!

Wilmington Observer

RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!!!!!!!!!

Awesome! Ha

Q: Hurricane Sandy: What can you expect?
A: Higher Home Owners Insurance rates for 2013...just because they can!
That means Wind and Hail rates too don't forget. A double whammy!!

Sandy is gonna pass, we are just getting heavy rain. The storm is not even together... the water is cooler too. Hopefully Snows Cut will be open so I can go to my Halloween parties!!!

Some of you people really crack me up...keep the comments coming. Hurricane Party time!!!

The weatherman on WWAY said "SPOTTY SHOWERS!" for the weekend. Cmon people. Calm down. This isn't going to be anything. You are making a mountain out of a mole hill.

For ALL Our viewers, a Great Discussion, Video Conference call with *other* Broadcast (TV)Meterlogist(s) talking about the possibilities of Sandy, Naming of Said Storm and The Broadcast/TV Viewer(s) saftey/Watches/Warnings...
Gives "Inside" *Insight* on; ALL the Time OUR Meterlogist(s) give on forcasting a Accurate Forcast!....
If you have the Time to Watch,Or Listen to; 53 minutes long...
LINK HERE---> https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YaEYUC-GI-U

(Reminder, Astronomical High Tides eg: *Full Moon* are forcasted for this Weekend)

TIM, GREAT Discussion!
(CT from American WX)

Appreciate it. It's always great to get other opinions about the storm. Hope that all viewers who really want to get an inside look at the forecasting process will check out that video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YaEYUC-GI-U

I lived in Wilmington from 1970 until 2003 and since 2003, I have lived across the river in Brunswick County. Throughout every storm that has come through here during that time, I find that WWAY is the most reliable source of information when it comes to the tropical systems coming through. When Hurricane Bonnie came in 1998 The Weather Channel and the other local stations kept talking about how it was going to miss us. Kim Downing and Jerry Jackson were the only ones talking about the storm turning and hitting us. What did Bonnie do? She turned and hit us. Ever since then, I watch what Jerry and the others at WWAY say about these storms. They are the most accurate and for any of you to say otherwise is pure poppycock.

I cannot agree more with your comments. I only watch WWAY especially Jerry for weather info. I moved here in 2000 and he was the only one who said we would get snow (i think it was in january) I admit i am a yankee and have seen numerous noreasters, but was impressed to find someone who tells it like he sees it not based on some conglomerate of predictions.

Guess the weather people are getting ready for a weatherorgasm again, must be getting close to CANTORE time!!

I love me some Jim Cantore. Where is he right now because that's where the weather channel is banking on getting hit the hardest.

Cantore is over exposed. I, personally, am sick of him. He is treated like some sort of celebrity and then he's on the weather channel day in and day out. Enough, already.

How about Joe Bastardi who used to be at Accuweather?
I remember watching Joe cut his teeth in Providence RI.

Soem people have said about Accuweather
They called 200 of the last 2 official storms right

(Think about it)

Vog

I appreciate the heads up that WWAY gives with their storm coverage.

A storm, even offshore is big news for the coast.

This one looks like it may affect offshore boating in a big way.

Is guess that we can safely say that objectivity is not an issue with WWAY's reporting.

Honestly, does this storm have ANY chance of posing ANY problem for NC?

I doubt it seriously.

The NHC has released their Tropical Storm Force Wind Speed Probabilities for the next 120 hours (http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at3+shtml/204249.shtml?tswind12...). As you can see, we are in that "cone".

So you see "Other Guest", WWAY isn't making anything up or hyping up anything. They are doing something called "reporting the news". Not everything has to have an agenda to it. Grow up.

...the side of caution. It is far better to tell people to be mindful and vigilant, than disregard the risk entirely.

As the 11:00 am advisory reflects Sandy is now a hurricane, and the current forecasted error swath does indeed include all of the Outer Banks, I would not charge WWAY with hyping anything. A large storm can oscillate very easily.

There is a fine balance to forecasting storms, somewhere between Chicken Little and Rip Van Winkle. The Weather Channel has lost that balance. They are now always in full ratings Chicken Little mode.

And we need the rain so desperately.

That storm will pass way to the east, and if we get any rain at all, it will be just a few drops.

I don't know where you get your information, but we could get a lot more than "just a drop"---- The following text is an excerpt from the National Weather Service in Wilmington's forecast discussion."AS SANDY MOVES NORTH TOWARD THE OFF SHORE WATERS OFF THE COAST OF
THE CAROLINAS THROUGH SATURDAY...THE WINDS WILL INCREASE AS THEY
SHIFT FROM THE E-NE SAT MORNING TOWARD THE N-NE BY LATE AFTN. GFS
SHOWING 850 TO 700 MB WINDS 30 TO 40 KTS ALONG THE COAST AND IN OUR
LOCAL WATERS AND RAMPING UP TO 45 KTS BY AFTN AND EXTENDING INLAND
UP TO 50 MILES OR SO. EXPECT THESE GUSTY WINDS TO TRANSLATE DOWNWARD
IN SHOWERS THROUGH THE DAY ON SATURDAY. THEREFORE EXPECT
CLOUDY...WINDY AND SHOWERY WEATHER THROUGH THE DAY ON SATURDAY. AS
FOR QPF...HAVE INCREASED AMOUNTS BUT EXPECT WE COULD SEE UPWARDS OF
2 INCHES IN PLACES ALONG THE COAST ON SAT. PCP WATER VALUES INCREASE
UP CLOSER TO 2 INCHES EARLY SAT BUT THERE REMAINS A VERY SHARP
GRADIENT AS YOU MOVE INLAND DROPPING OFF TO LESS THAN AN INCH TOWARD
WESTERN CAROLINAS." So yes, WWAY is right in telling people to be aware and prepared.

Bertha and Francis and then Floyd- can not possibly appreciate the magnificant power of one of these things. Bertha took down all the dead trees. Francis took down many live trees. Floyd tried to drown us.

Live through one of those- and then make fun of us for being concerned.

Our area has had a huge influx of new people that have no idea what damages the storms can do even with they are not a direct hit. So I agree: if you weren't here and had to deal with the aftermath of the Bertha and then Fran within 2 months and then within 3 years deal with Floyd, be quiet and take all the advice and warnings they can issue and provide. We've been through it - we still heed the warnings and be prepared......

I don't know what anyone's worry would be today in modern times, with SAFFO and company in charge they can part the sea's if necessary.

One of the best things that could come from Sandy is that it might blow that dead possum off Donald Trumps head.