Hyde County under State of Emergency, Monday last day for Ocracoke Express
Published 7:00 am Monday, September 2, 2019
The Hyde County Board of Commissioners has enacted a State of Emergency in advance of Hurricane Dorian. It went into effect on Monday, September 2 at 5 a.m. Local officials will meet again on Monday at 1 p.m. to discuss the forecast and any additional emergency protective measures necessitated by the weather conditions.
Given the current forecast for Hurricane Dorian, the NCDOT Ferry Division has announced that Monday, September 2 will be the last day the Ocracoke Express passenger ferry will be in operation this season. The early discontinuation of service will allow the vessel to embark to safe harbor long before the arrival of adverse conditions.
Hyde County authorities advise individuals to remain vigilant and review their household hurricane and evacuation plans to ensure they are prepared to take action if necessary. “If you do not have a hurricane plan, you can visit https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan for step-by-step guidance on how to plan and prepare for them,” read the Sunday night statement. “It is strongly recommended that Hyde County residents and nonresident property owners have their preparations completed by Monday at sunset and ready to take action as early as Tuesday.”
The National Hurricane Center has initiated probabilistic surge mapping and low lying areas of Hyde County, including Ocracoke Island, could start receiving storm surge of greater than one foot above the ground within the next three days. This is well ahead of the Dorian’s arrival, which is projected to occur on Thursday into Friday and these values are anticipated to increase over the coming days. Highways along the coast frequently experience overwash during periods of surge.
Additionally, the Weather Prediction Center has forecast six to ten inches of precipitation to accumulate across mainland Hyde County over the next seven days and ten to fifteen inches to accumulate across Ocracoke Island over the same time frame.
The Hyde County Emergency Services Department will continue to monitor the forecast for Hurricane Dorian and issue advisories as appropriate. For the most current and official information, monitor the National Hurricane Center website at https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.