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Hurricane Irene Local Statement Advisory Number 22
National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City NC   AL092017
943 AM EST Wed Jan 11 2017

This product covers Eastern North Carolina

**DANGEROUS HURRICANE IRENE FORECAST TO APPROACH EASTERN NORTH 
CAROLINA COAST ON THURSDAY** 

NEW INFORMATION
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* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
   - A Hurricane Watch has been upgraded to a Hurricane Warning for 
     Pitt, Duplin, Lenoir, Jones, and Martin
   - A Hurricane Watch has been upgraded to a Hurricane Warning and 
     a Storm Surge Watch has been upgraded to a Storm Surge Warning 
     for Washington, Tyrrell, Mainland Dare, Beaufort, Mainland 
     Hyde, Craven, Pamlico, Carteret, Onslow, Outer Banks Dare, and 
     Outer Banks Hyde
   - A Tropical Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm 
     Warning for Greene

* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
   - A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Pitt, Duplin, Lenoir, 
     Jones, and Martin
   - A Hurricane Warning and Storm Surge Warning are in effect for 
     Washington, Tyrrell, Mainland Dare, Beaufort, Mainland Hyde, 
     Craven, Pamlico, Carteret, Onslow, Outer Banks Dare, and Outer 
     Banks Hyde
   - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Greene

* STORM INFORMATION:
   - About 580 miles south of Buxton NC or About 530 miles south of 
     Morehead City NC
   - 27.0N 77.3W
   - Storm Intensity 115 mph
   - Movement North-northwest or 335 degrees at 14 mph

SITUATION OVERVIEW
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When making decisions...do not focus on the exact forecast track. 
Due to the size and the strength of the storm...there is a potential 
for major to devastating impacts from wind across eastern North 
Carolina as well as significant to extensive impacts from storm 
surge along portions of the coast Thursday into Friday. Residents of 
eastern North Carolina need to heed the advice of their local 
emergency officials and complete their preparedness actions today.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS
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* WIND:
Protect against life-threatening wind having possible devastating 
impacts across portions of eastern North Carolina. Potential impacts 
in this area include:
   - Structural damage to sturdy buildings, some with complete roof 
     and wall failures. Complete destruction of mobile homes. Damage 
     greatly accentuated by large airborne projectiles. Locations 
     may be uninhabitable for weeks or months.
   - Numerous large trees snapped or uprooted along with fences and 
     roadway signs blown over.
   - Many roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban 
     or heavily wooded places. Many bridges, causeways, and access 
     routes impassable.
   - Widespread power and communications outages.

* SURGE:
Protect against life-threatening surge having possible extensive 
impacts across areas along the Neuse and Pamlico rivers as well as 
coastal sections of Onslow county. Potential impacts in these areas 
include:
   - Large areas of deep inundation with storm surge flooding 
     accentuated by battering waves. Structural damage to buildings, 
     with several washing away. Damage compounded by floating 
     debris. Locations may be uninhabitable for an extended period.
   - Large sections of near-shore escape routes and secondary roads 
     washed out or severely flooded. Flood control systems and 
     barriers may become stressed.
   - Severe beach erosion with significant dune loss.
   - Major damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers. Many 
     small craft broken away from moorings, especially in 
     unprotected anchorages with some lifted onshore and stranded.

Also, protect against life-threatening surge having possible 
significant impacts across portions of the Outer Banks and Pamlico 
Sound facing areas.

* FLOODING RAIN:
Protect against life-threatening rainfall flooding having possible 
devastating impacts across portions of eastern North Carolina. 
Potential impacts include:
   - Extreme rainfall flooding may prompt numerous evacuations and 
     rescues.
   - Rivers and tributaries may overwhelmingly overflow their banks 
     in many places with deep moving water. Small streams, creeks, 
     canals, arroyos, and ditches may become raging rivers. In 
     mountain areas, deadly runoff may rage down valleys while 
     increasing susceptibility to rockslides and mudslides. Flood 
     control systems and barriers may become stressed.
   - Flood waters can enter numerous structures within multiple 
     communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or washed 
     away.  Flood waters may cover escape routes. Streets and parking
     lots become rivers of raging water with underpasses submerged. 
     Driving conditions become very dangerous. Numerous road and 
     bridge closures with some weakened or washed out.

* TORNADOES:
Protect against a dangerous tornado event having possible significant 
impacts across eastern North Carolina. Potential impacts include:
   - 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.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
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* EVACUATIONS:
For those under evacuation orders, leave as soon as practical with 
a destination in mind. Gas up your vehicle well ahead of time. Be sure 
that you take all essential materials from your emergency supplies kit. 
Let others know where you are going and when you intend to arrive.

For those not under evacuation orders, understand that there are 
inherent risks to evacuation (such as traffic congestion, accidents, 
and driving in bad weather), so evacuate only if necessary. Help keep 
roadways open for those that are under evacuation orders.

If you are exceptionally vulnerable to wind or water hazards from 
tropical systems, consider voluntary evacuation, especially if being 
officially recommended. Relocate to a predetermined shelter or safe 
destination.

* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:
Now is the time to bring to completion all preparations to protect 
life and property in accordance with your emergency plan.

If you are a visitor and still in the area, listen for the name of 
the city or town in which you are staying within local news updates. 
Be sure you know the name of the county or parish in which it 
resides. Pay attention for instructions from local authorities.

Closely monitor NOAA Weather radio or other local news outlets for 
official storm information. Be ready to adapt to possible changes to 
the forecast.

* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
- For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov
- For information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.org
- For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org

NEXT UPDATE
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The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather 
Service in Newport/Morehead City NC around NOON, or sooner if 
conditions warrant.

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