Beyond the Sea
Eduardo begins life as a tropical wave in the southwestern Atlantic on the evening of July 15th. Its poorly defined center is located 416 miles E of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The warm waters and atmospheric conditions cause Eduardo to quickly gain strength, becoming a Tropical Depression just before 8pm on July 16th. The increasingly defined center is 324 miles SE of Nassau in the Bahamas. The storm is moving NW at around 14MPH.
At 8am on July 17th, Eduardo is 187 miles E of Nassau and is just below Tropical Storm strength. Eduardo goes through an eyewall replacement cycle and begins a bit of a westward turn. Overnight, the storm becomes Tropical storm Eduardo.
Eduardo continues moving NW throughout the day on July 18th, and by 8pm, the storm is 151 miles E of Daytona Beach, FL. At 8am on July 19, Eduardo is 118 Miles E of Jacksonville, FL and has 79MPH winds; strong enough to make it Hurricane Eduardo (category 1). By 8pm on July 19th, Hurricane Eduardo, now a weak category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 98MPH, is only 54 miles S of Charleston, SC. Charleston has been feeling Tropical Storm force winds since about 2pm that afternoon. Fortunately, Eduardo has already begun to turn and is moving N at about 10MPH. Overnight, the storm strengthens a little more, briefly flirting with category 3 status, with winds of around 110MPH, but the steering currents begin to lift Eduardo out to the NNE and at 8am on July 20th, the hurricane is only 24 miles S of the lighthouse at Frying Pan Shoals, NC with sustained winds of 97MPH.
At 8pm on July 20th, Hurricane Eduardo is only 12 miles S of Cape Lookout, NC with maximum sustained winds of 93MPH. The Outer Banks of NC take a beating from the winds and storm surge as Eduardo passes just offshore that night. After passing S of Cape Lookout, Hurricane Eduardo, now with winds of 87MPH, begins racing off to the NW, as it moves away from the eastern seaboard of the United States without making landfall. The main impact of the storm is beach erosion and damage to buildings and property on the Outer Banks. With the eye of the storm never getting closer than 49 miles from the mainland of the US coast, the highest onshore gusts recorded were just over 90 miles per hour in some parts of coastal SC and NC.