10/25/12

Update on Impacts Expected from Hurricane Sandy

Provided by Dare County Emergency Management
5:30 p.m. October 25, 2012

Hurricane Sandy is being closely monitored by Dare County Emergency Management. This weekend the storm will produce moderate impacts on the Outer Banks.

Based on the current forecast, the center of Hurricane Sandy is expected to remain well offshore of the Outer Banks. Northeast winds will increase Friday and will reach gale (34 mph+) and storm (50 mph+) force by Saturday night and remain through Sunday.

On Monday, winds from the storm are expected to shift to the northwest and could cause moderate soundside flooding of 3 to 4 feet Monday night.

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.

All residents and visitors, especially those in oceanfront areas and places prone to soundside flooding, are advised to take precautions. Visitors are encouraged to contact their accommodations provider.

In preparation for the storm, all outdoor furnishings, trash cans, and any loose items should be properly secured. Review the contents of your emergency supplies kit to ensure you have adequate supplies in the event you are without power, water or transportation for more than 72 hours.

Emergency Management will provide regular scheduled updates throughout Hurricane Sandy. The next update will be available at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, October 26.

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