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Safety Tips and Resources for Approaching Tropical Storm Conditions

Post Date:09/02/2016 8:00 a.m.
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Safety Tips and Resources for Approaching Tropical Storm Conditions

With Tropical Storm Hermine quickly approaching Dare County, emergency preparations should now be completed. Possible flash flooding, tropical storm force winds, and a higher probability of minor to moderate storm surge and beach erosion are expected as the storm moves through. 

Dare County Emergency Management offers the following tips and resources to ensure the safety of our residents and guests: 

Check in with your emergency points of contact among family, friends and coworkers. Inform them of your status and well-being. Let them know your plans for riding out the storm and when you plan to check in again. 

Keep cell phones well charged and handy. In the event of power outages, cell phones chargers for automobiles can be helpful after the storm. Locate your chargers and keep them with your cell phone. 

Be prepared to remain indoors, away from windows, during what is anticipated to be a fast-moving storm. 

Know your location. If visiting the area, learn the exact street address of where you are staying in case of an emergency. 

If you lose power, do not operate generators or gas grills indoors. 

As weather conditions worsen, travel only if absolutely necessary and stop if you encounter water covering the road. Turn around, don't drown! It is never safe to drive or walk through flood waters because you will not know the depth of the water or the condition of the ground underneath. 

Drivers of large trucks and SUV's are advised to use extreme caution especially on bridges. 

All residents and visitors, especially those in oceanfront and soundside areas prone to flooding, are advised to take precautions. Move high value items to higher ground including vehicles and boats. Storm surge could cause flooding. Storm surge inundation forecasts can be found at http://tinyurl.com/j7lbsrq. 

Closely monitor NOAA Weather Radio or other local news outlets for official storm information. 

To stay up to date with the latest weather and travel conditions in Dare County, download the free Ready NC App at www.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 Weather Service at www.weather.gov/mhx. 

For the most up to date information regarding the status of NC12, visit www.facebook.com/NCDOTNC12.



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