WEATHER/MARINE ALERT: Area under Special Marine Alert, effects of TS Danny expected through weekend

A Small Craft Advisory is now in effect until 8 a.m. on Sunday.

Tropical Storm Danny is forecast to cause waves to increase on the coastal waters of Delaware and New Jersey. Waves are expected to reach 6 to 9 feet on Saturday, before they begin to subside slowly on Sunday.

A Small Craft Advisory means that wind speeds of 25 to 33 knots and/or seas of 5 feet or greater are anticipated. Winds and seas within those ranges will produce hazardous conditions for small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating a small vessel, should remain in port.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the North Carolina coast from Cape Lookout northward to Duck, including the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds. A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within 24 hours. A tropical storm warning may be required for portions of this area tonight.

Interests elsewhere, from the Carolinas northward to New England and the Canadian Maritimes, should monitor the progress of Danny.

Hazardous weather outlook, Aug. 28

Day one...Friday and Friday night.
Heavy rain is possible today and tonight as a warm front lifts through the area. Some gusty winds are also possible. There is a moderate risk of rip currents today.

Days two through seven...Saturday through Thursday.
Tropical Storm Danny should pass to our east Saturday, however, showers and thunderstorms are possible Saturday and Sunday, which could produce some gusty winds. Also, enhanced rip currents are expected over the weekend.

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Low around 69. Southeast wind between 11 and 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 86. Breezy, with a north wind between 13 and 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday Night: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. Southwest wind between 8 and 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 88. West wind between 8 and 11 mph.

Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Northwest wind around 9 mph.

Marine Point Forecast (Friday, Aug. 28)

Late Afternoon: ESE wind around 9 kt. Showers and thunderstorms.

Tonight: ESE wind 11 to 14 kt. Showers and thunderstorms. Seas 3 to 4 ft.

Saturday: ESE wind 13 to 18 kt becoming NW in the afternoon. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Seas around 5 ft.

Saturday Night: SSW wind 10 to 12 kt. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Seas 3 to 4 ft.

Sunday: SW wind 9 to 11 kt. Partly sunny. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Sunday Night: W wind 8 to 13 kt becoming N after midnight. Mostly cloudy. Seas around 2 ft.

Monday: NNW wind 8 to 11 kt. Mostly cloudy. Seas around 2 ft.

Monday Night: NW wind around 9 kt. A chance of showers. Seas around 2 ft.

Tuesday: NNW wind around 10 kt becoming NNE in the afternoon. Mostly sunny. Seas around 2 ft.

-- National Weather Service

Sussex County EOC tracking Tropical Storm Danny -- Another weekend of rough surf, strong rip currents in store

For the second weekend in a row, a tropical system in the western Atlantic is expected to rough up the surf along Delaware’s coast, but the storm should stay far enough out to sea to keep heavy rains and gusty winds at bay.
Tropical Storm Danny, which is forecast to become a minimal hurricane by Saturday, is expected to curve away from the eastern United States in the next 48 hours.

The storm, however, could spawn ocean swells of 8 to 10 feet, just as Hurricane Bill did last weekend, making for treacherous swimming and rough boating conditions once again. Rough surf and dangerous rip currents are likely through Sunday. Heavy showers and some beach erosion are possible, especially Friday night into midday Saturday.
The Sussex County Emergency Operations Center is urging the public to use caution if visiting area beaches, even if the threat seems minimal.

“Hurricane Bill last weekend demonstrated just how dangerous these storms can be, even if they’re well over the horizon,” Sussex County EOC Director Joseph L. Thomas. “There were numerous water rescues up and down the coast. As with any tropical system, the public needs to respect the risks and be mindful of the storm path and forecast over the next few days.”

While swimming may not be advisable, those who do venture into the water should heed the direction of lifeguards on duty at beaches and state parks.

Stay tuned to local television and radio stations for updates. For more information, contact the Sussex County EOC at (302) 855-7801.