Flood waters remain on
Ocracoke Island, but have receded from 18-24 inches down to 6-10 inches
throughout the village. Thus far, power has been mainly uninterrupted. Several
businesses are open and provisions - including hot meals, gas and groceries -
are available for purchase.
No storm-related injuries
have been reported and property damage looks to be minimal at this point.
Because of limited access, Hyde County Emergency Personnel have not performed
damage assessments. Staffers are making preparations to determine individual and
public assistance needs as soon as conditions allow.
The United Methodist
Disaster Recovery volunteers are ready to assist with cleanup efforts. Plans are
in the works to mobilize a team when transportation allows. Those needing
assistance can call Tommy Gilbert at (252) 542-9453.
limited on Ocracoke Island. At this point, there is no word on when ferry
service will resume. Also, NC 12 has seen significant over wash on the north end
of the island, so transportation could be further compromised for those on
Ocracoke. Crews with NC DOT are currently working to repair the roadway.
Due to conditions, the
Ocracoke Airport is closed and air traffic is limited to government, military
and emergency aircraft only.
Ocracoke School was closed
today. Officials will notify parents if the school is to be closed
Sandy's updated track shows
increased strength and forward speed, so forecasters are confident that the
system will be moving out of the area expediently. Storm force winds are
predicted to cease by 8 p.m.
Tuesday night. Flood waters may begin to recede
further tomorrow, but additional flooding could take place during high tide
cycles. High tide will occur tonight (Monday) around 8 p.m. and at 9 a.m.
The National Weather
Service noted because Sandy is a hybrid system, accurate forecasts can be
challenging and may vary as the system progresses.
on Ocracoke Island should continue to monitor flooding and exercise caution.
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.
Lou Ann spends much of the summer on Ocracoke, and makes frequent visits throughout the year. She enjoys making short videos as she goes "out and about" around the island and elsewhere. She posts her videos on her blog. You can watch them here: