Dare County officials warn residents as Andrea approaches

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A tropical storm warning is in effect for Dare County as Tropical Storm Andrea tracks across Florida today and approaches eastern North Carolina and the Outer Banks on Friday.

While minimal impacts are anticipated from Tropical Storm Andrea, conditions on Friday afternoon will deteriorate with peak storm times during high tide from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Residents and visitors, particularly those along the oceanfront, may experience anxiety as sustained winds reach 45 m.p.h. with gusts to 50 m.p.h., accompanied by rough surf of 6 to 8 feet and dangerous rip currents.

As the system moves through, isolated tornadoes are possible from late Thursday night into Friday. Rainfall will be heavy at times on Friday and may be as much as 2 to 3 inches. Water level increases of 1 to 3 feet are expected adjacent to the Pamlico Sound.

In preparation for the storm, all outdoor furnishings, trash cans, and any loose items should be properly secured.

For more information or to sign up to receive email alerts from Emergency Management, please visit http://www.darecountyem.com.

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