Dare County Emergency Management urges all residents and visitors to make preparations now for strong winds, heavy rains, and ocean and soundside flooding from Hurricane Sandy.
Based on the current forecast, Dare County will have northeast gale force winds Saturday evening (34 MPH +) which will increase to storm force (50 MPH +) by 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning October 28, 2012. Winds will remain in the area through Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.
Rainfall over the next three days is expected to total seven inches. As the storm moves past the area late Sunday night, the winds will shift to the west-southwest, which may cause soundside flooding of up to three to five feet throughout Dare County.
Strong beach erosion and road overwash will be a major concern along NC 12 from Kitty Hawk to Buxton. Some minor structural damage could occur; however, the most threatening aspect of the storm will be ocean overwash and potential loss of highway along NC 12 south of Oregon Inlet on Hatteras Island.
Dare County Emergency Management advises the following action be taken:
- Move cars to high ground and secure property.
- Complete preparations by Saturday afternoon before winds strengthen
- Visitors should check with their accommodations provider before traveling to the area.
At this time there are no evacuation plans anticipated for Dare County.
Due to the weather outlook for Monday, October 29, 2012, Dare County Transportation will be closed for service due to unsafe conditions. Normal transportation service is expected to resume on Tuesday, October 30, 2012.
The next scheduled update will be available at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 27, 2012. 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.