Dare County, North Carolina, is under a Tropical Storm Warning and Storm Surge Watch. Tropical Storm Ian is expected to make landfall in the area on Thursday, September 22nd. Residents are advised to prepare for heavy rain, strong winds, and coastal flooding.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has issued the following advisories:
- Tropical Storm Warning: Tropical storm conditions are expected within 36 hours or less. This means that sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph are expected.
- Storm Surge Watch: A life-threatening storm surge is possible within 48 hours. Storm surge is an abnormal rise in seawater level during a tropical storm or hurricane. It can inundate coastal areas with several feet of water.
Residents of Dare County should take the following steps to prepare for Tropical Storm Ian:
- Secure your home: Board up windows and doors, and trim any loose branches from trees.
- Stock up on supplies: Make sure you have enough food, water, and other essential supplies to last for several days without power.
- Have a plan: Know where you will go if you need to evacuate.
- Stay informed: Monitor the latest forecasts and advisories from the NHC and local officials.
If you live in a low-lying area or in a surge-prone area, you may need to evacuate. If you are ordered to evacuate, do not delay. Evacuate early to a safe location.
Safety tips during a tropical storm:
- Stay indoors if possible.
- If you must go outside, be aware of the dangers of flying debris and downed power lines.
- Never drive through flooded roads.
- Be aware of the potential for tornadoes.
For more information:
- National Hurricane Center: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
- Dare County Emergency Management: https://www.darenc.gov/departments/emergency-management
Please stay safe and be prepared for Tropical Storm Ian.