Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Public Advisory 4


October 28, 2012
As of 10:30 p.m.

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 earlier today. 

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 additional hazards.

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.

Please tune in to local radio WOVV 90.1 FM on Ocracoke Island, or via the internet at WOVV.org, or check the Hyde County Public Information Facebook page for updates.

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