|September 21, 2023
A tropical storm warning and storm surge watch has been issued for all of Hyde County. A high surf advisory is also in effect. Hyde County has issued a state of emergency that will go into effect at 5:00 PM, in advance of tropical storm conditions.
Hyde County offices and all solid waste convenience sites will be closed on Friday, September 22, 2023, due to predicted storm conditions.
All sound class ferries have been canceled for Friday, September 22, 2023. Check NCDOT Ferry Division’s press releases for further information on ferry routes.
A low-pressure system is developing off the coast and will affect our area tomorrow through Saturday. This system could become Tropical Storm Ophelia. We can expect tropical storm-force winds (39-73mph), heavy rain, dangerous surf, and storm surge.
Storm prediction’s key points:
- Storm surge inundation around 2-4 ft above ground is possible.
- Winds that should peak at 45-55 mph with gusts up to 70 mph are expected to begin on Friday and continue through the afternoon of Saturday.
- Widespread rainfall of 2-4 inches, with locally higher amounts, could result in flash flooding issues, especially around urban and poor drainage areas.
- A few tornadoes could bring locally enhanced damage, mainly across the Outer and Inner Banks and Down East Carteret County.
- Life-threatening surf conditions / rip currents and dangerous marine conditions continue through the weekend.
- Travel on N.C. Highway 12 may be impacted by ocean overwash at vulnerable locations, especially during high tide.
Citizens and visitors should begin preparations now to protect property that is susceptible to wind and flooding. Residents and visitors should use caution when visiting Hyde County beaches and to stay out of the ocean!
Hyde County Emergency Services will continue to monitor the forecast and issue advisories as appropriate. For the most current and official information please visit the National Hurricane Center website at https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/and tune in to your local news.
You can also get the latest NWS Morehead City Tropical Briefing by going to http://weather.gov/media/mhx/LatestBriefing.pdf