The Dare County Control Group met this morning to review the latest information from the National Weather Service. Confidence has increased significantly with the forecast track of Hurricane Joaquin and it is very likely that the storm will move northeast, well away from the North Carolina coast. NO evacuation orders for Dare County are anticipated.
Regardless of Hurricane Joaquin moving well off the coast, a flood watch, coastal flood advisory AND high surf advisory are in effect. Heavy rain associated with an upper low and frontal system will bring an additional 2 to 3 inches of rain through the weekend. Given the already saturated ground, flooding is expected in some low lying areas and roadways. Motorists are advised to proceed with caution.
Anticipated wind impacts have lessened and while no tropical force winds are expected, the area will experience sustained winds of 25 to 30 mph. Sunday evening into Monday. Minor coastal flooding with high surf and ocean swells will occur. The threat of ocean overwash has diminished but cannot be ruled out in areas that are highly vulnerable. There is the possibility of some soundside flooding.
A high threat of rip currents remains in effect and ocean swimming conditions are hazardous. Please stay out of the ocean.
It is important for residents and visitors to stay informed and monitor local weather forecasts. For the most up to date information regarding road conditions along NC 12, visit the NCDOT NC 12 Facebook Page at facebook.com/NCDOT. For other road conditions, call 1.877.DOT.4YOU or 1.877.638.4968, or dial 511.
Dare County will continue to monitor the storm and provide additional updates if needed.