Florence continues to strengthen with an increasing risk of
life-threatening impacts for coastal North Carolina, including storm surge and
widespread rainfall totals in the 6-12 inches range, per the Monday morning
update from the National Weather Service Newport / Morehead City office.
Florence was a Category 2 Hurricane with winds of 105 mph as
of Monday morning.
Tropical storm force winds are most likely to arrive in the
Outer Banks Thursday morning, but could arrive as early as Wednesday evening.
Landfall in the Carolinas is forecast to be sometime Thursday night as a major
hurricane, although significant changes to this timing are possible based on
forecast track and motion changes.
The chances of tropical force winds due to Florence is close
to 80% for Hatteras and Ocracoke islands. A high threat of dangerous rip
currents for all Eastern North Carolina beaches is in effect for Monday, and large,
dangerous surf is expected throughout the Outer Banks this week. Coastal
erosion and ocean overwash is possible again today across the Outer Banks at
high tide, due to the king tides.
“Residents and visitors must take this storm seriously and
prepare now,” said Dare County Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson in a
Sunday press release. “Regardless of the exact track and intensity, it is clear
that Dare County is going to feel the effects of a major hurricane. Take
precautions now and assemble or restock your disaster supply kit with
essentials to sustain your family and your pets for three to five days. Have
your evacuation plan ready to execute.”
The Dare County Control Group will meet on Monday, September
10 to begin discussions about potential impacts and whether an evacuation order
will be issued.
For preparedness information, visit www.readync.org.
Monitor local weather reports at www.weather.gov/mhx, or sign up to
receive email alerts directly from Emergency Management at
www.darenc.com/emergencyalerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.