As of 5 p.m. on Tuesday, a tropical storm watch
is in effect for Dare County indicating that tropical storm conditions
are possible within the next 36 hours.
According to the National Weather Service,
tropical force winds, rain, and moderate soundside flooding will impact
Dare County beginning Thursday evening into Friday morning as Hurricane
Michael tracks through the southeastern U.S. following landfall in the
Florida Panhandle on Wednesday.
As the storm approaches Dare County on Thursday,
there will be a chance of tornadoes. The threat of rip currents is
already high and will remain elevated until well after the storm passes
through. Stay out of the ocean as conditions are dangerous for even the
most experienced swimmers.
Dare County Emergency Management is reminding
residents and visitors to go ahead and make necessary preparations -
secure outdoor furniture, garbage cans and other loose, lightweight
objects before the onset of strong winds and heavy rain. Motorists are
advised to minimize travel as road conditions may become hazardous
during periods of high winds and heavy rain.
Continue to monitor weather reports and be aware
of any updated watches and warnings issued by the National Weather
For local weather conditions, visit http://www.weather.gov/mhx. For updated information from the National Hurricane Center, visit http://www.nhc.noaa.gov.