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Residents and Visitors Asked to Closely Monitor Tropical Depression #8

Post Date:08/29/2016 9:00 a.m.

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Residents and Visitors Asked to Closely Monitor Tropical Depression #8


With a Tropical Storm Watch in effect from Oregon Inlet south to Cape Lookout, residents and visitors are encouraged to prepare for winds now by securing outdoor items before winds increase. Locally, the watch covers Hatteras Island but forecasts change quickly so it's important to stay aware of changing weather conditions by monitoring NOAA weather radio and local media outlets. 

The tropical depression is forecast to gradually strengthen to a tropical storm as it moves towards the North Carolina coast before turning abruptly on Tuesday afternoon. Now is the time to prepare in anticipation of a Tropical Storm Warning being issued. 

The strongest sustained winds associated with the storm are possible on the Outer Banks, and could reach 35 to 45 mph with gusts to 55 mph possible. The main impacts on land will be heavy rainfall that could result in minor flooding of low lying areas. The timing of potential heavy rain and minor flooding could occur beginning Tuesday through Wednesday. 

Rip current risk is high today and expected to remain high through Wednesday indicating that the surf is dangerous for all levels of swimmers. 

Tuesday's garbage collection for the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo and Avon should be completed by 11 AM Customers are asked to secure their cans as soon as possible following collection at your home. 

Whether it's severe weather or a natural disaster, having the right information and resources are vital to keeping you and your family safe. To stay up to date with the latest weather and traffic conditions in Dare County, download the free Ready NC App at readync.org. Subscribe to receive email updates from Dare County Emergency Management at www.DareCountyEM.com and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter. 

View the latest watches, warnings and advisories from the National Hurricane Center at www.nhc.noaa.gov or the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/mhx/. 
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