Official Release of Information from Hyde County Emergency Management Office:
Date: 08/31/06 Event: Tropical Storm Ernesto
Time: 1100 For Immediate Release
The National Hurricane Center has adjusted its forecast track for Ernesto slightly eastward. In doing so, they have extended Tropical Storm Warnings up the N. C. Outer Banks. A Hurricane Watch has been established south of Cape Lookout.
The Ocracoke Control Group and Hyde County Emergency Management have decided to recommend sheltering in place at present. However, any person with significant medical conditions should consider leaving the island as public safety services will be suspended should Tropical Storm conditions occur. No other evacuation orders or recommendations will be issued at present.
For Ocracoke and mainland Hyde, all persons should secure personal property and prepare for the possibility of Tropical Storm force conditions.
Everyone should continue to monitor the storm closely as there is the potential for additional forecast adjustments later today and tonight that could impact Ocracoke Island and Hyde County.
The Ferry System has advised that the 6:30PM and the 8PM Cedar Island ferries will be cancelled tonight. The National Park Service has advised that the Ocracoke Campground will be closed at noon today.
Tony Spencer, Emergency Management Coordinator