HYDE Co., N.C. – Hyde County put a mandatory evacuation order in place for visitors on Ocracoke Island.
On Tuesday the evacuation was suspended because of weather conditions. One boat is on standby in case of emergencies.
The visitor evacuation went into effect at 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 25, in advance of Hurricane Maria. Maria is expected to bring tropical storm force winds and storm surge of two to four feet along the Outer Banks.
The National Hurricane Center issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the coast of North Carolina from Surf City northward to the North Carolina/Virginia border, including the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.
NHC also issued a Storm Surge Watch for the coast of North Carolina from Cape Lookout northward to Duck.
A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.
A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours.