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How will Sandy affect the Outer Banks?

Hurricane Sandy

As Hurricane Sandy continues its northeast track in the Atlantic, the storm is being closely monitored by Dare County Emergency Management. 

At this time there are no evacuation plans anticipated for Dare County. 

Weather conditions will begin to deteriorate Saturday afternoon and worsen over the weekend, through Monday.  The storm is expected to pass close enough to the Outer Banks to produce strong winds of 50 MPH+.  

Strong winds will lead to very rough surf, dangerous rip currents, ocean overwash and moderate coastal flooding both on the ocean and sound.  Periods of heavy rain will also occur with as much as 5 inches possible along the coast.  

Strong beach erosion and road overwash will be a major concern along NC 12 from Kitty Hawk to Buxton.  Some minor structural damage could occur; however, the most threatening aspect of the storm will be ocean overwash and potential loss of highway along NC 12 south of Oregon Inlet on Hatteras Island. 

All residents and visitors, especially those in oceanfront areas and places prone to soundside flooding, are advised to take precautions.  Visitors are encouraged to monitor conditions and keep in contact with their accommodations provider. 

In preparation for the storm, all outdoor furnishings, trash cans, and any loose items should be properly secured in preparation for a long period of winds and rain that could exceed 30 hours.  Review the contents of your emergency supplies kit to ensure you have adequate supplies in the event you are without power, water or transportation for more than 72 hours. 

Emergency Management will provide regular scheduled updates throughout Hurricane Sandy.  The next update will be available at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, October 26. 

Additional information from Dare County Emergency Management is available at www.darenc.com

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