A Hurricane and Storm Surge Watch has been issued for the
N.C. coastline as Hurricane Florence remains on track for a late Thursday night
or Friday morning landfall, per the Tuesday morning update from the National
Weather Service (NWS) Newport / Morehead City office.
Tropical storm force winds could arrive as early as
Wednesday night, and Dare County Emergency Management urges residents to have
their preparations completed by Wednesday afternoon. Residents are advised to prepare
for life-threatening surge with 5 to 8 feet of surge forecast from Cape Lookout
to Ocracoke Inlet, and up to 10 inches of rain forecast for Ocracoke Island. Up
to 8 inches of rain is forecast for Hatteras Island, and particularly Hatteras
A mandatory evacuation remains in place for Hatteras and
Ocracoke islands for both residents and visitors as of Monday afternoon.
Travelers should watch for ocean overwash, which has been reported on Pea Island
near the Captain Richard Etheridge Bridge and the Pea Island Visitors Center,
especially around high tide. The next high tide is around 9 p.m. this