RALEIGH, NC (WMBF) – The National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane watch for much of Eastern North Carolina on Tuesday.
While officials have not issued evacuation orders, residents of the following counties are warned to be prepared to leave their homes immediately if an evacuation is ordered:
Based on the current track of Hurricane Earl, the National Weather Service reports winds of 60 miles per hour to near hurricane force gusts (74 mph) are possible along the Outer Banks and sounds Thursday night and into early Friday.
Winds of 25 – 35 mph may be felt along Highway 17, while 20 – 25 mph gusts may be felt as far inland as Interstate 95.
Over wash is likely on the Outer Banks with a possible three to four fee of storm surge and breakers up to 15 feet.
Residents who have not yet prepared for evacuation, secured their homes and purchased supplies for their families are asked to act now.