Tropical Storm Sandy Update #2 (10/26/12) 11 AM
It is a warm, breezy, and soon to be very rainy Saturday along the Outer Banks this morning as Outer Banks Blue Realty Services is open for business as usual in advance of the now Tropical Storm Sandy. Sandy was downgraded to a tropical storm overnight, but the storm is expected to maintain its strength and movement over the next few days.
The storm is expected to effect weather conditions along the Outer Banks through Tuesday with heavy rain, wind, and tidal flooding. With that said however the storm’s impact on the Outer Banks is expected to be minimal as compared to many storms that have passed through this area in the past. The National Hurricane Center indicates that the center of the storm will pass the Outer Banks by more than 150 miles.
There are no evacuations planned or expected on the Outer Banks so any guests that were planning to arrive this weekend should not change their plans in response to the storm’s potential impact on the Outer Banks.
Here’s the latest information provided by the local Emergency Management Group which closely monitors these situations:
Hurricane Sandy is tracking well off shore (150 miles) of the Outer Banks. Storm force winds (50 MPH+) have moved further to the east which will reduce wind intensity over the Outer Banks, however, long periods of 30+ MPH winds are still anticipated that will produce significant impacts, including –
·Oceanside flooding of 2 to 4 feet above ground.
·Soundside flooding of 3 to 5 feet above ground – Sunday into Monday.
·Prolonged strong winds through Monday – sustained 35-55 MPH, gusts of 50-70 MPH.
·Erosion from breaking waves increasing from 8 to 12 feet today through Monday.
·Rain over the next 72 hours will amount to 4 to 7 inches.
This blog will be updated on Sunday morning (10/28/12) with the latest information and impacts from the storm.