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Tropical storm watch issued for Beaufort County

From the National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City

A Tropical Storm Watch means tropical storm-force winds are possible somewhere within this area within the next 48 hours.

 

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED

– Washington

– Belhaven

– Aurora

 

* WIND

– LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Equivalent Tropical Storm force wind

– Peak Wind Forecast: 40-50 mph with gusts to 60 mph

– Window for Tropical Storm force winds: early Tuesday morning until Tuesday afternoon

 

– THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for wind 58 to 73 mph.

– PLAN: Plan for dangerous wind of equivalent strong tropical storm force.

– PREPARE: Efforts to protect life and property should now be underway. Prepare for significant wind damage.

– ACT: Act now to complete preparations before the wind becomes hazardous.

 

– POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant

– Some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with damage to porches, awnings, carports and sheds. A few buildings experiencing window, door and garage door failures. Mobile homes damaged, especially if unanchored. Unsecured lightweight objects become dangerous projectiles.

– Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several fences and roadway signs blown over.

– Some roads impassable from large debris and more within urban or heavily wooded places. A few bridges, causeways and access routes impassable.

– Scattered power and communications outages, but more prevalent in areas with above ground lines.

 

* STORM SURGE

– LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Localized storm surge possible

– Peak Storm Surge Inundation: The potential for up to 2 feet above ground somewhere within surge prone areas

– Window of concern: Monday evening until Tuesday evening

 

– THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for storm surge flooding greater than 1 foot above ground

– PLAN: Plan for storm surge flooding greater than 1 foot above ground.

– PREPARE: Complete preparations for storm surge flooding, especially in low-lying vulnerable areas, before conditions become unsafe.

– ACT: Leave immediately if evacuation orders are given for your area.

 

– POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited

– Localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low-lying spots, or in areas farther inland near where higher surge waters move ashore.

– Sections of near-shore roads and parking lots become overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where surge water covers the road.

– Moderate beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong rip currents.

– Minor to locally moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks and piers. A few small craft broken away from moorings.

 

* FLOODING RAIN

– LATEST LOCAL FORECAST:

– Peak Rainfall Amounts: Additional 1-3 inches, with locally higher amounts

 

– THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for moderate flooding rain

– PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for moderate flooding from heavy rain. Evacuations and rescues are possible.

– PREPARE: Consider protective actions if you are in an area vulnerable to flooding.

– ACT: Heed any flood watches and warnings. Failure to take action may result in serious injury or loss of life.

 

– POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant

– Moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations and rescues.

– Rivers and tributaries may quickly become swollen with swifter currents and overspill their banks in a few places, especially in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams, creeks, canals and ditches overflow.

– Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken foundations. Several places may experience expanded areas of rapid inundation at underpasses, low-lying spots and poor drainage areas. Some streets and parking lots take on moving water as storm drains and retention ponds overflow. Driving conditions become hazardous. Some road and bridge closures.

 

* TORNADO

– LATEST LOCAL FORECAST:

– Situation is somewhat favorable for tornadoes

 

– THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for a few tornadoes

– PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for a few tornadoes.

– PREPARE: If your shelter is particularly vulnerable to tornadoes, prepare to relocate to safe shelter before hazardous weather arrives.

– ACT: If a tornado warning is issued, be ready to shelter quickly.

 

– POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited

– The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution of emergency plans during tropical events.

– A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power and communications disruptions.

– Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned, large tree tops and branches snapped off, shallow-rooted trees knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads and small boats pulled from moorings.