The tropical storm warning remained in effect as the first named storm of the Atlantic season moved quickly through Hampton Roads.
Friday night's forecast for parts of Virginia predicted winds gusting up to 45 mph. Coastal waters were expected to rise up to a foot above normal, and heavy rain of up to six inches in southeast Virginia and northeast North Carolina prompted a flood watch for the area overnight.
The storm lost some intensity after making landfall Thursday in Florida, and its winds were down to 45 mph (75 kph) Friday.
David Tweedie, 41, of Ocracoke, said an early morning burst of rain and the forecast of another three hours or so of rain and wind on the Outer Banks island has done little to alter the day's routine for the roughly 1,000 year-round residents.
The Friday fish fry that kicks off the island's annual folk music and arts festival was moved indoors to the island's only public school, and a musical performance of the three-day event was moved to the community center. But the tropical system was otherwise forcing no changes to the Ocrafolk Festival that normally draws more than 2,000 visitors, Tweedie said.
"The weather is looking pretty good for blowing out and for us having a good day tomorrow," said Tweedie, the festival coordinator. "Right now it's sunny."
Forecasters said the center of the storm would pass just inland of the Virginia and North Carolina coastline -- a track that would increase the chance of tornadoes along coastal northeast North Carolina and southeast Virginia.
A forecast map predicts the storm will continue along the East Coast through the weekend before heading out to sea again, though a storm's track is often hard to predict days in advance.
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