NC Gov declares state of emergency over Ophelia
Funny, the storm track looks a bit less problematic than yesterday’s (see below), but Easley’s not taking any chances with the low-lying and vulnerable parts of the coast. (Reuters):
North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley declared a state of emergency on Saturday and local officials issued a mandatory evacuation order for non-residents on the low-lying vacation island of Ocracoke on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
A hurricane watch was in effect from Edisto Beach, South Carolina, north to Cape Lookout, North Carolina, cautioning millions of residents that fierce winds and other hurricane conditions were possible within 36 hours. At 8 a.m. EDT (1200 GMT), the storm’s center was 255 miles (408 km) south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Ophelia had top sustained winds of 85 mph (136 kph) and was not expected to strengthen much or even move much in the next two days, the hurricane center forecasters said.
They expected the hurricane to eventually move north and hit North Carolina on Wednesday or Thursday.Ophelia was a Category 1 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, meaning it could be accompanied by a 4- to 5-foot (1- to 1.5-metre) storm surge. Such storms can flood coastal roads and damage piers, trees and unanchored mobile homes but rarely cause structural damage
See my earlier post, “Hurricane.”