Tropical Storm warning, flood watch remain in effect

Published 11:54 pm Saturday, October 27, 2012

The 11 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center in Miami indicates that Hurricane Sandy continues to move to the northeast, parallel to the coast of the southeastern United States, at 14 mph. Forecasters predict the storm will continue in this general direction through Sunday with a turn toward the north Sunday night followed by a turn to the north-northwest on Monday.

The center of the storm was located roughly 305 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras. Sandy remains a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. Hurricane-force winds extend out up to 105 miles from the eye of the storm. Tropical-storm force winds extend outward up to 520 miles.

A tropical-storm warning remains in effect for Beaufort, Tyrrell, Dare, Hyde, Craven, Carteret and Onslow counties, including the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.

A flood watch remains in effect until Monday for the following counties: Beaufort, Tyrrell, Dare, Hyde, Craven, Carteret, Jones, Pamlic, Washington and Onslow.

Rainfall amounts will range from two to five inches west of U.S. Highway 17 to five to eight inches east of U.S. Highway 17. This has the potential to produce flooding in low-lying and poor drainage areas.