Tropical Storm Florence is forecast to be a dangerous major
hurricane near the southeast U.S. coast by late next week, and the risk
of direct impacts continues to increase. However, given the uncertainty
in track and intensity forecasts at those time ranges, it's too soon to
determine the exact timing, location, and magnitude of those impacts.
With the high forecast uncertainty because of the complex
weather pattern and low confidence in the long range forecast track, it
is critical for everyone to remain vigilant. Although we may have a
few days before serious protective measures need to be implemented, at
this juncture direct impacts to NC from an extremely powerful hurricane
are likely. Citizens should closely monitor Hurricane Florence and
continue making preparations should emergency protective measures become
Large swells will begin to affect portions of the U.S. East
Coast this weekend, resulting in life-threatening surf and rip currents.
Beach-goers should exercise extreme caution when deciding to enter the
water starting this weekend. Rip currents usually peak during periods of
low tide, so when planning your trip to the beach please try to avoid
low tide cycles.
Even though the long range forecast is somewhat uncertain,
preparedness may alleviate stress and unwanted outcomes exacerbated by
waiting for the forecast to materialize.
Individuals should take this opportunity to evaluate their
household preparedness by checking/building their emergency preparedness
kit, discussing evacuation plans, validating insurance
coverage, cataloging valuables, etc.
With the growing
probability that Hyde County will receive direct impacts from Florence,
non-resident property owners should consider capitalizing on the rest of
this weekend through Monday and use it as an opportunity to secure
their properties ahead of the storm.
This is a great time
to fill up your vehicle with gas and make sure you have adequate back up
fuel for vehicles and generators. If you have a generator that is new
or has not been run recently, you should fill it up with gas and make
sure everything is working properly.
The Hyde County
Emergency Services Department will continue to monitor the forecast and
issue advisories as appropriate. Also, the Ocracoke Deputy Control Group
began meeting this evening to receive daily weather briefings and
discuss emergency protective measures. Citizens should monitor their
local weather outlets, the National Weather Service Weather Forecast
Offices, and the National Hurricane Center for the most timely information.