A tropical storm warning is now in effect for Dare County indicating that tropical storm conditions of sustained winds over 39 miles per hour are expected. In addition, impacts will include periods of heavy rain, thunderstorms, isolated tornadoes, and some minor sound-side coastal flooding.
Residents and visitors are asked to make preparations as soon as possible.
Properly secure all outdoor furnishings, including trash cans and any loose items. .
Be ready to protect all property, including motor vehicles from possible storm surge of 1-2 feet of water above ground in low lying areas.
As winds and rain increase, minimize travel. If you must go out, do not drive on flooded roads.
If you lose power or other utilities, do not call 911. Use customer service numbers to report power outages. Dominion Power: 1-866-366-4357, Tideland: 1-800-882-1001. Cape Hatteras: 1-866-511-9862.
Provide shelter for pets.
Ocean conditions are expected to be hazardous with a moderate to high threat of rip currents at all beaches from Duck to Hatteras. A strong longshore current and dangerous shore break may also be present. Ocean swimming is not recommended, stay out of the water! Strongest rip currents often occur a couple of hours either side of low tide, which occurs around 12:50 p.m. today.
For up-to-date weather information, visit the National Weather Service at Newport/Morehead City at www.weather.gov/mhx.
To register to receive emergency notifications from Dare County Emergency Management, visit www.OBXAlerts.com. Those that sign up can choose delivery methods to include email, phone call and text messages. For those that only want to receive alerts from Dare County Emergency Management as text messages, you can opt-in by texting DareEmergencyAlerts to 77295.
For more information on preparedness actions you can take to protect yourself and your property during storms this hurricane season, visit www.DareNC.com/Hurricanes.