Throughout the evening the Outer Banks will experience strong winds and heavy rain that will progressively worsen and could cause ocean and soundside flooding.
Although Hurricane Sandy will remain offshore, it will produce significant impacts including damage to buildings, isolated power outages, downed trees, and overwash with water and sand accumulation on roadways.
Dare County Emergency Management advises everyone to remain indoors during periods of high winds and heavy rain, and avoid driving in what will be hazardous conditions. Visitors should consult with their accommodations provider before traveling to the area. At this time there are no evacuation plans anticipated for Dare County.
Oceanside flooding of 2 to 4 feet is possible. Soundside Flooding throughout Dare County, including Roanoke Island, could be 3 to 5 feet Sunday into Monday.
Prolonged gusty winds will continue tonight into Monday. Coastal areas will experience sustained winds of 40 to 55 mph with gusts from 50 to 70 mph. Total rainfall will be 5 to 8 inches with up to 10 inches in some locations. The storm will also produce rough surf and dangerous rip currents.
NCDOT has suspended ferry service between Hatteras Village and Ocracoke. NCDOT is on alert and ready to activate emergency operations as needed. Ferry operations will return to normal as soon as conditions are deemed safe. NCDOT road condition information is available by calling 511 or online at www.ncdot.gov/travel
If electrical power is lost, local service providers can be reached at the following numbers:
- Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative: 995-5616
- Dominion Power: 1-866-DOM-HELP (366-4357)
- Tideland EMC: 252-943-3046
The Town of Nags Head advises if you are in a flood-prone area, please move your vehicle to higher ground. Nags Head’s Town Park and the UNC Coastal Studies Institute are available for temporary parking. Turn west onto Barnes Street at Ace Hardware; both lots are on the left near the end of the street.
Based on the weather outlook for Monday, October 29, Dare County Transportation will be closed for service due to unsafe conditions. Normal transportation service is expected to resume on Tuesday, October 30.
Roanoke Island Festival Park will be closed Sunday, October 28 due to Hurricane Sandy.
The Dare County Libraries ask customers not to return library materials to any of the outside bookdrops throughout the County during this storm because the outdoor bookdrops are not storm proof and damage could occur to returned items.
The next scheduled update will be available at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 28. The Dare County Emergency Operations Center will be operating throughout the storm and may be reached at (252) 475-5655 or visit www.darenc.com for updated information.