With the northwest wind
switch from Hurricane Sandy, Hyde County Emergency officials have observed a
rise in flood waters on the island, as of 10 p.m. this evening. At this time,
water levels appear to be higher than the 18-24 inches that inundated the island
Currently, Ocracoke is
experiencing light rain, with sustained winds from the north-northwest at 10-15
mph , gusting at 20+ mph. The temperature is 56 degrees. As of 5 p.m., water
levels rapidly receded, dropping 4-6 inches. However, levels are steadily
rising once again due to high tide and a change in the predominant wind
direction. The National Weather Service predicted a sound side storm surge of
4-7 feet above ground.
Additional threats could be
posed at the high tide cycle at 8 a.m. tomorrow.
Persons on Ocracoke Island
should be aware waters may continue to rise and could encroach on low-lying
properties. Please use caution during this time and remain indoors. Rushing
flood waters are extremely dangerous and debris from flooding will likely pose
In case of emergency, dial
911. For medical non-emergencies, call 928-SICK.
Hyde County Emergency
Responders will make every effort to respond to emergencies. Due to
conditions, however, response may be delayed.