Tropical Storm Hermine is forecasted to continue into Georgia and move up the coast and impact Hatteras Island Friday night into Saturday. Hatteras Island is now under a tropical storm warning. As the storm tracks north we are expecting to see storm force winds of 30-45 mph with higher gusts around 50-55 mph with significant amounts of rain, heavy surf and the potential for soundside flooding. We will continue to monitor the progress of the storm and post updates as needed or available.
If you are planning to travel Friday OR Saturday keep in mind that the majority of HWY 12 is low lying; torrential rain bands that can come with the approach of a tropical system can rapidly (and deeply) flood the roadways and cause dangerous conditions. Additionally, higher seas, onshore winds, combined with high tides may bring over wash conditions to the highway in vulnerable areas. You may want to consider scheduling travel on the island during lower tide times. Currently it looks like Saturday travel will be the most challenging. For guests that are scheduled to check out this weekend, should you choose to leave early, please let your check-in office know.
For guests arriving on Saturday, we urge you to use your best judgment when deciding to travel. Keep in mind that the tropical storm force wind field will extend very far inland from the coast as will the heavy rains. Flash flooding is a strong possibility. There will be an increased threat of tornadoes in Eastern North Carolina and Eastern Virginia. Please email us (email@example.com) to let us know if you are planning to delay your arrival until Sunday morning when the weather clears.
County of Dare
Department of Public Relations
P.O. Box 1000, Manteo North Carolina 27954
|For Immediate Release: 9/2/2016||Contact: Public Relations Office|
Make Final Storm Preparations and Travel Decisions Before Storm Conditions Arrive
A Tropical Storm Warning and Flash Flood Watch remain in effect for all areas of Dare County. A variety of impacts are expected as Tropical Storm Hermine approaches, including possible flash flooding, tropical storm force winds, minor to moderate storm surge and beach erosion.
Outside weather preparations should be completed as soon as possible before weather conditions worsen. Now is also the time to complete all other emergency preparations. Guests planning to depart the area on Saturday should consider leaving today before weather conditions deteriorate or postponing travel until Sunday. Be sure to check the forecast for your travel route and destination before departing.
Tropical storm force winds are expected to arrive late Friday or early Saturday and continue through late Saturday afternoon. Residents and visitors should be prepared to stay indoors, away from windows, during what is anticipated to be a fast-moving storm.
Widespread rainfall of 5 to 8 inches is anticipated with isolated amounts of up to 10 inches. Prolonged heavy rainfall could result in flash flooding. These conditions make travel hazardous, especially along NC 12 and other roadways prone to flooding. If travel is necessary, use caution and expect delays. If you encounter water covering the road - turn around, don't drown. It is never safe to drive or walk through flood waters because you will not know the depth of the water or the condition of the ground underneath. This is especially true at night, when your vision is more limited.
There will be minor to moderate storm surge flooding of 1 to 3 feet above ground levels in some areas. The current forecast indicates that areas along the Pamlico Sound from Hatteras Village north will be more prone to soundside flooding. The National Hurricane Center has released storm surge inundation maps for Tropical Storm Hermine. They may be accessed at http://tinyurl.com/j7lbsrq.
The threat of rip currents will remain high through the weekend indicating that the surf is dangerous for swimmers of all levels.
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