Dare County Emergency Management is advising residents and visitors to prepare for the approaching coastal storm that will bring strong winds and flooding to the area. According to Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson, “Over the next few days, this storm has the potential to damage property and flood neighborhoods and roads, especially those on Hatteras Island. Everyone should keep an eye on the weather and be ready for impacts.”
High Wind and Coastal Flood Warnings are in place for Dare County. Starting late this evening (Thursday) and through Saturday evening wind gusts may reach as high as 55 m.p.h. and could blow down limbs, trees and lead to power outages.
In addition to high winds, the storm is forecast to bring coastal flooding and high surf through early next week. The Coastal Flood Warning indicates potential for 2 to3 feet of flood water above the ground that will likely lead to both ocean and sound side flooding. The typically vulnerable areas of Highway 12 may become flooded and impassable around times of high tide.
Residents and visitors should take action to protect themselves and their property. Secure loose outdoor objects, including garbage cans, grills and furniture. Those in flood prone areas are asked to monitor conditions and be ready to move to higher ground. Residents in low lying areas should consider moving vehicles to higher ground.
For updated information from the National Weather Service, visit www.weather.gov/mhx. For updated road conditions, visit www.drivenc.gov. If emergency assistance is needed, don’t hesitate to call 911.