Wave heights will increase even more tomorrow thanks to Hurricane Cristobal.
Wave heights should range from 4-5 feet at Virginia Beach and from 5-7 feet at the Outer Banks tomorrow. I think Cape Hatteras could see even higher waves ranging from 7-9 feet. Remember the risk for rip currents will be very high. That means the water will be extremely dangerous for swimmers. We will likely see red flags flying at the beaches tomorrow. Make sure you go to a beach with lifeguards, since the water will be rough. Surfers, winds will be blowing out of the northeast around 10-15mph along the coast. Cristobal will take a hard right turn on Thursday and move away from the East Coast, so the swell will begin to fade a little bit. Here are the forecast wave heights through Friday.
Wave heights should really drop down by the weekend and the threat for rip currents will drop too, which is good for all of the vacationers here for the Labor Day Weekend.
Here is the 5 PM update on Hurricane Cristobal. Maximum sustained winds are still at 75mph. The wind shear is starting to decrease, so Cristobal is looking like a healthier storm on satellite imagery. Cristobal is expected to strengthen even more tomorrow and on Thursday.
Our weather is going to remain quiet as high pressure remains in control. Highs on Wednesday will be in the mid 80s. The heat and humidity will return by the weekend.
-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona