Outer Banks will begin to feel the effects of Hurricane Sandy tomorrow
and conditions will steadily decline over the weekend as the storm
passes offshore of the barrier islands.
Though the wind will not
really get wound up until late on Saturday, the high seas offshore will
possibly threaten Highway 12 earlier than that. Overwash is possible,
especially at high tide, which is at about 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on
Travel to and from the Hatteras Island will become more tenuous as the weekend progresses.
beach erosion and road overwash will be a major concern along N.C. 12
from Kitty Hawk to Buxton,” according to Dare County Emergency
Management bulletin this evening, which is posted on its website.
“Some minor structural damage could occur; however, the most
threatening aspect of the storm will be ocean overwash and potential
loss of highway along N.C. 12 south of Oregon Inlet on Hatteras Island.”
has continued to perplex meteorologists, but the models came into more
agreement today. Still, however there are uncertainties about how
close the storm will come to the Outer Banks and when it will curve
northwest and make another landfall, which will probably be in the
mid-Atlantic or New England.
However, forecasters warn that
Sandy will transition from a tropical storm with the high winds tightly
wrapped around the center, to a hybrid and then an extratropical storm
with a much larger wind field.
We could continue to feel the effects of Sandy well into next week.
the Outer Banks, clouds will thicken on Friday, the wind will begin to
pick up, and showers will move in over the coastal areas. Seas just
offshore will be 6 feet, building to 9 in the afternoon. There will be
a high risk for rip currents.
By Saturday night and into Sunday,
tropical storm conditions are possible. Rain will be heavier, wind will
pick up to gale force – over 34 mph – and then to storm force – more
than 50 mph. By Saturday night and into Sunday, seas are forecast to be
21 to 22 feet north of Cape Hatteras.
According to Dare County
Emergency Management, moderate soundside flooding of 3 to 4 feet will
probably occur on Monday and into Monday night as the winds shift to
the northwest. And it will continue to be windy well into the first of
So far it doesn’t look as if there will be any
evacuations, but Dare County is advising residents and visitors to take
Today, rental management companies were preparing
empty cottages for the storm and some were moving guests out of harm’s
way on the oceanfront in areas prone to flooding. Some were advising
current renters and next week’s new arrivals that there could be
problems getting onto or off the island.
The first annual
Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree, which was scheduled to begin tomorrow
night on Hatteras and continue Saturday and Sunday on Ocracoke, has
been postponed. Organizers hope to reschedule it, perhaps next weekend.
hundred anglers are on Hatteras for the North Carolina Beach Buggy
Association’s Red Drum Tournament. It is scheduled to end
Saturday afternoon with an awards dinner Saturday night, and a
spokesperson said no decision has been made yet on whether it will end
Dare County will continue to issue bulletins on its
emergency management web page throughout the storm. The next
advisory will be 9:30 a.m. on Friday morning. You will find this page
at http://www.darenc.com/emergencymanagement/. And you can sign
up to get an e-mail each time the page is updated.
Newport Weather Service office has a page on its website devoted to
Sandy, with threat assessments and many graphics. You will find
it at http://www.erh.noaa.gov/mhx/Sandy.php.
Click here to see the entire NWS local impact briefing for this evening.