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Tropical storm warning, storm surge watch in effect

From the National Weather Service

 

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED

– Washington

– Belhaven

– Aurora

 

* WIND

– LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Equivalent Strong Tropical Storm force wind

– Peak Wind Forecast: 45-60 mph with gusts to 75 mph

– Window for Tropical Storm force winds: this evening until Tuesday morning

 

– THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for wind 58 to 73 mph

– The wind threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment.

– PLAN: Plan for dangerous wind of equivalent strong tropical storm force.

– PREPARE: Remaining efforts to protect life and property should be completed as soon as possible. Prepare for significant wind damage.

– ACT: Move to safe shelter before the wind becomes hazardous.

 

– POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant

– Some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with damage to porches, awnings, carports and sheds. A few buildings experiencing window, door and garage door failures. Mobile homes damaged, especially if unanchored. Unsecured lightweight objects become dangerous projectiles.

– Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several fences and roadway signs blown over.

– Some roads impassable from large debris and more within urban or heavily wooded places. A few bridges, causeways and access routes impassable.

– Scattered power and communications outages, but more prevalent in areas with above ground lines.

 

* STORM SURGE

– LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Life-threatening storm surge possible

– Peak Storm Surge Inundation: The potential for 2-4 feet above ground somewhere within surge prone areas

– Window of concern: this evening until Tuesday evening

 

– THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for storm surge flooding greater than 3 feet above ground

– The storm surge threat has increased from the previous assessment.

– PLAN: Plan for life-threatening storm surge flooding of greater than 3 feet above ground.

– PREPARE: Evacuation efforts and flood preparations should soon be brought to completion before conditions become unsafe.

– ACT: Leave immediately if evacuation orders are given for your area to avoid being cut off from emergency services or needlessly risk lives.

 

– POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant

– Areas of inundation with storm surge flooding accentuated by waves. Damage to several buildings, mainly near the coast.

– Sections of near-shore escape routes and secondary roads become weakened or washed out, especially in usually vulnerable low spots.

– Major beach erosion with heavy surf breaching dunes. Strong and numerous rip currents.

– Moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks and piers. Several small craft broken away from moorings, especially in unprotected anchorages.

 

* FLOODING RAIN

– LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Flash Flood Watch is in effect

– Peak Rainfall Amounts: 2-4 inches, with locally higher amounts

 

– THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for moderate flooding rain

– The flooding rain threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment.

– PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for moderate flooding from heavy rain. Evacuations and rescues are possible.

– PREPARE: Consider protective actions if you are in an area vulnerable to flooding.

– ACT: Heed any flood watches and warnings. Failure to take action may result in serious injury or loss of life.

 

– POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant

– Moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations and rescues.

– Rivers and tributaries may quickly become swollen with swifter currents and overspill their banks in a few places, especially in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams, creeks, canals and ditches overflow.

– Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken foundations. Several places may experience expanded areas of rapid inundation at underpasses, low-lying spots and poor drainage areas. Some streets and parking lots take on moving water as storm drains and retention ponds overflow. Driving conditions become hazardous. Some road and bridge closures.

 

* TORNADO

– LATEST LOCAL FORECAST:

– Situation is favorable for tornadoes

 

– THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for several tornadoes

– The tornado threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment.

– PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for several tornadoes with a few possibly intense having larger damage paths.

– PREPARE: Those living in manufactured homes or on boats are urged to relocate to safe shelter before hazardous weather arrives.

– ACT: Listen for tornado watches and warnings. If a tornado warning is issued, be ready to shelter quickly.

 

– POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant

– The occurrence of scattered tornadoes can hinder the execution of emergency plans during tropical events.

– Several places may experience tornado damage with a few spots of considerable damage, power loss and communications failures.

– Locations could realize roofs torn off frame houses, mobile homes demolished, boxcars overturned, large trees snapped or uprooted, vehicles tumbled and small boats tossed about. Dangerous projectiles can add to the toll.

 

* FOR MORE INFORMATION:

– http://ready.gov/hurricanes

 

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