Be Safe, and Ensure the Safety of Our Visitors
We were asked to share information about current and upcoming weather conditions with our Property Managers by Superintendent of the National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Dave Hallac and Dare County Director of Emergency Management Drew Pearson regarding homes impacted by Tropical Storm Idalia and Hurricane Lee, and homes that could potentially be impacted by the latest system. They are expecting similar, if not worse conditions over the next few days.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, has issued a Tropical Storm Warning and a Storm Surge Watch for all areas of Dare County due to the expected impacts from a low pressure system that is expected to develop into Tropical Storm Ophelia later today and making landfall along the North Carolina coast tomorrow.
Residents and visitors throughout Dare County should expect these impacts:
- Life-threatening rip currents and large surf with waves heights of 7-10 feet in the surf zone will result in dangerous conditions along all Dare County beaches into the weekend.
- The easterly wind flow is expected to peak sometime late tomorrow afternoon into the evening as the storm moves north and the wind shifts to the south and southwest. As the shift occurs, wind speed also drops which could lead to a quick return of sound water that was pushed west. Should this happen the potential for sound side impacts flooding impacts will increase.
- Between 2-4 feet of above-ground storm surge inundation is possible along the oceanfront and soundside. Specific locations and impacts will be driven by wind strength and direction. With the current forecast, the potential for rising water levels should be anticipated at all locations within Dare County that are susceptible to wind-driven flood impacts.
- Travel impacts will occur as the combination of high winds, heavy rain, and potential overwash bring hazardous road conditions. Travel today may become a challenge especially after sunset. Travel on Saturday should be avoided. Those planning to travel to Dare County tomorrow should consider waiting until Sunday when conditions are forecast to improve.
- Increasing winds that should peak at 45-55 mph with gusts of up to 70 mph are expected to begin on tonight and continue through tomorrow afternoon. Actions should be taken now to secure loose property to keep it from becoming a projectile hazard.
- 3-6 inches of flooding rain with locally higher amounts is forecast, as well as rainfall that could lead to flash flooding and standing water on roadways that may impact travel.
- Potential tornado activity is also possible. Be sure to have multiple ways to receive weather alerts, especially at night.
Actions should be taken now to protect vehicles and property that is parked or stored in areas that are susceptible to wind-driven flooding countywide. Those who are located in vulnerable oceanfront homes that have the potential to be surrounded by ocean water due to there being no existing dune structure should relocate.
Dare County Emergency Management advises residents and visitors to exercise extreme caution when visiting Dare County beaches and to stay out of the ocean, as current conditions have made ocean swimming unsafe for even the most experienced swimmers. Do not put your life—or the lives of local ocean rescue personnel—at risk!
Helpful resources for you, your agents, and your visitors:
- www.OBXAlerts.com (emergency alerts)
- www.FIMAN.NC.gov (water level alerts)
- DriveNC.gov (road conditions)
- ReadyNC.gov (hurricane protection guidelines)
- DareNC.gov/EM (emergency alerts)
- www.LoveTheBeachRespectTheOcean.com (beach safety)
PM Meeting and Hot Topic, "Follow-up on Weston's Law"
Join us 9:00A, NEXT Tuesday, September 26th for our next Property Management Hot Topic and Meeting. PM Director Carrie Bateman, NCREC Chairman Jeff Malarney, and Joey Austin with Atlantic Elevators will be discussing the latest changes to Weston’s Law. They will also discuss any pertinent changes on the horizon affecting property management and even sales agents.