In the wake of Hurricane Sandy,
Hyde County Emergency Services has suspended ground transport of Emergency
Medical Services. Unsafe travel conditions and ocean over wash on NC Highway
12/Irvin Garrish Highway on the northern end of Ocracoke Island warranted
staffers at the Emergency Operations Center to make the decision. The Ocracoke
Deputy EOC was activated at 8 a.m. this morning.
Travelers should be aware the
N.C. Ferry Division has suspended service on all routes. There is no
transportation on or off Ocracoke Island at this time.
There has been no evacuation
order issued and Hyde County does not anticipate issuing evacuation orders at
The updated track of Hurricane
Sandy shows the system will remain a hurricane. Although it is not expected to
make landfall in North Carolina, it is predicted to pass close enough -
approximately 170 miles at its closest point to Ocracoke - to present hazardous
conditions for people and property.
The National Weather Service has
predicted sustained winds of 39+ MPH to begin at 2 p.m. today for Ocracoke. As
of 3 p.m., winds in Ocracoke village were out of the northeast, clocked at
approximately 25 mph with higher gusts. By early Sunday morning, Ocracoke Island
and Engelhard will likely be exposed to 45+ MPH sustained winds that will
continue through early Tuesday morning, with gusts of 60-70 mph.
of 30-40 mph are forecasted for other areas of mainland Hyde County, with gusts
of 40-50 mph.
The townships of Ocracoke and
Engelhard should take additional precautions when the system is closest, which
is predicted to be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday.
An estimated 4-6 inches of
rainfall is predicted for the mainland and up to 8 inches will likely fall in
Ocracoke over the next five days, localized amounts may exceed these
Coastal flooding remains a
serious concern for Ocracoke, with a forecasted storm surge of 1-3 feet above
the ground on the ocean side and a sound side storm surge of 3-5 feet above the
ground; this is less of a concern for Mainland Hyde, which is projected to
receive less than one foot of surge above the ground. Wave heights of 2-5 feet
are forecasted in the Pamlico Sound and seas will build to 8-12 feet along the
beaches. Storm surge will be higher during periods of high tide, which will
occur at around 6 AM and 6 PM. Astronomical high tides due to lunar phases are
not anticipated to pose any additional threat. As of high tide this morning, the
waves reached the toe of the dune line along Ocracoke beaches. Evidence of ocean
over wash is already apparent on the northern end of the island.
The National Park Service will
close beaches close at 5 p.m. today, as well as the Visitor's Center and permit
offices. The National Park Service Campground closed at noon.
If winds exceed 50 mph, Hyde
County Emergency Operations will cease.
Hyde officials declared a State
of Emergency as of 2 p.m. Friday, October 26 2012. This declaration places all
county staff in a state of readiness and enables Hyde County to receive
assistance from the State Office of Emergency Management should it be required.
The declaration does not prohibit the sale of alcohol.
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: