October 25, 2012- 11:00am
Impacts from Hurricane Sandy Anticipated This Weekend
Dare County Emergency Management is closely monitoring Hurricane Sandy as it progresses in the Atlantic. The Outer Banks will experience impacts from the storm over the weekend.
Based on the current forecast, northeasterly gale force winds will affect the area on Saturday, October 27 at approximately 8 p.m. and continue through Sunday evening. Sustained winds are expected to reach 45 MPH with gusts of 60 MPH during the period. Rainfall of 2 to 4 inches is anticipated. Significant beach erosion is expected as a consequence of storm surge, high surf, and high astronomical tides on Saturday at approximately 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
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, are advised to take precautions for anticipated impacts. Visitors are encouraged to contact their accommodations provider.
Emergency Management will provide regular scheduled updates throughout Hurricane Sandy. The next update will be available at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 25.