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POST-TROPICAL CYCLONE MATTHEW LOCAL STATEMENT ADVISORY NUMBER 47
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC AL142016
518 PM EDT SUN OCT 9 2016

THIS PRODUCT COVERS EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA

**WINDS DIMINISHING ALONG THE NORTH CAROLINA COAST BUT WATER LEVELS WILL REMAIN ELEVATED OVERNIGHT**

NEW INFORMATION
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* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - ALL WATCHES AND WARNINGS HAVE BEEN CANCELED

* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - NONE

* STORM INFORMATION: - ABOUT 200 MILES EAST OF BUXTON NC OR ABOUT 270 MILES EAST-NORTHEAST OF MOREHEAD CITY NC - 35.4N 72.0W - STORM INTENSITY 75 MPH - MOVEMENT EAST-NORTHEAST OR 75 DEGREES AT 15 MPH

SITUATION OVERVIEW
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THE CENTER OF POST TROPICAL CYCLONE MATTHEW IS CURRENTLY ABOUT 200 MILES EAST OF CAPE HATTERAS AND WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE EAST OF THE REGION OVERNIGHT. WINDS WILL CONTINUE TO SLOWLY DIMINISH OVERNIGHT ALTHOUGH COULD SEE GUSTS AROUND 40 TO 50 MPH TONIGHT ACROSS THE OUTER BANKS AND DOWN-EAST CARTERET COUNTY.

ALTHOUGH THE HEAVY RAINFALL HAS ENDED ACROSS THE AREA, THE RAINFALL WILL HAVE A VERY DIFFICULT TIME DRAINING, AND FLOODED ROADWAYS IN SOME LOCATIONS MAY LINGER FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS. THERE HAVE BEEN WIDESPREAD REPORTS OF TREES DOWN, POWER OUTAGES, AND ROADS WASHED OUT OR FLOODED. IT IS ADVISED THAT EVERYONE REMAIN OFF THE ROADWAYS TODAY. IT IS DIFFICULT TO TELL IF A FLOODED ROADWAY HAS BEEN WASHED OUT. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL AND ENCOUNTER FLOODED ROADS, TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN.

THE HEAVY RAINFALL OVER THE REGION HAS CAUSED RAPID RISES IN AREA RIVERS AND CREEKS. THE NEUSE, TAR, CAPE FEAR, AND TRENT RIVERS ALONG WITH SEVERAL SMALLER RIVERS AND CREEKS ARE PROJECTED TO SEE RISES APPROACHING THOSE SEEN DURING HURRICANE FLOYD. THIS WILL RESULT IN CATASTROPHIC FLOODING ACROSS EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA WHICH WILL LAST WELL INTO THE NEXT COUPLE WEEKS.

ELEVATED WATER LEVELS WILL CONTINUE ADJACENT TO THE SOUNDS FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS. INUNDATION OF 2 TO 4 FEET ABOVE GROUND CAN BE EXPECTED ACROSS HATTERAS AND OCRACOKE ISLANDS THROUGH TONIGHT. HIGH SURF AND BREAKING WAVES WILL LIKELY RESULT IN MODERATE BEACH EROSION WITH AREAS OF OCEAN OVERWASH BRINGING 2 TO 3 FEET OF INUNDATION POSSIBLE THROUGH THE NEXT FEW HIGH TIDE CYCLES, ESPECIALLY AT VULNERABLE LOCATIONS ALONG EAST FACING BEACHES NORTH CAPE HATTERAS. HIGH TIDE AT DUCK WILL OCCUR AROUND 230 AM TONIGHT AND AROUND 3 PM MONDAY.

VERY ROUGH SEAS WILL CONTINUE WITH WAVES UP TO 10 TO 20 FEET. A HIGH THREAT OF RIP CURRENTS WILL CONTINUE ON ALL AREA BEACHES AND IT IS RECOMMENDED TO AVOID SWIMMING.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS
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* FLOODING RAIN: ADDITIONAL IMPACTS FROM FLOODING RAIN ARE STILL A CONCERN ACROSS MUCH OF EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA. REMAIN WELL GUARDED AGAINST LIFE-THREATENING FLOOD WATERS HAVING FURTHER IMPACTS OF EXTENSIVE POTENTIAL.

* SURGE: MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING WILL BE POSSIBLE ACROSS VULNERABLE LOCATION OF SOUND-SIDE OUTER BANKS AND BEACHES NORTH OF CAPE HATTERAS TONIGHT.

- COMMUNITY OFFICIALS ARE NOW ASSESSING THE EXTENT OF ACTUAL SURGE IMPACTS ACCORDINGLY. - EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAMS ARE ATTENDING TO CASUALTY SITUATIONS AS NEEDED. - EMERGENCY WORK CREWS ARE RESTORING ESSENTIAL COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE AS NECESSARY. - IF YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY DIAL 9 1 1.

* WIND: LITTLE TO NO ADDITIONAL WIND IMPACTS EXPECTED.

- COMMUNITY OFFICIALS ARE NOW ASSESSING THE EXTENT OF ACTUAL WIND IMPACTS ACCORDINGLY. - EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAMS ARE ATTENDING TO CASUALTY SITUATIONS AS NEEDED. - EMERGENCY WORK CREWS ARE RESTORING ESSENTIAL COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE AS NECESSARY. - IF YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY DIAL 9 1 1.



* TORNADOES: NO IMPACTS ARE ANTICIPATED AT THIS TIME ACROSS EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
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* EVACUATIONS: DO NOT RETURN TO EVACUATED AREAS UNTIL HAZARDOUS WINDS DIMINISH AND FLOOD WATERS ABATE. LISTEN FOR THE ALL-CLEAR SIGNAL FROM LOCAL AUTHORITIES.

* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:

BE CAREFUL GOING OUTSIDE. STAY AWAY FROM DOWNED POWER LINES AND HAZARDOUS DEBRIS.

IF YOUR HOME OR SHELTER WAS DAMAGED, BE ALERT TO THE SMELL OF NATURAL GAS LEAKS AND CAUTIOUS AROUND EXPOSED ELECTRICAL WIRING, BROKEN GLASS, JAGGED METAL AND WOOD, AND PROTRUDING NAILS AND SCREWS.

CHECK TO SEE IF EVERYONE IN YOUR GROUP IS OK. ADMINISTER FIRST AID TO THOSE WHO ARE INJURED. CALL 9 1 1 FOR ANY SERIOUS INJURIES. REMEMBER, IT MAY BE MORE DIFFICULT FOR EMERGENCY RESPONDERS TO ARRIVE QUICKLY IN THE TIME PERIOD IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE STORM.

CHECK-IN WITH YOUR EMERGENCY POINTS OF CONTACT. LET THEM KNOW OF YOUR STATUS AND WELL-BEING. KEEP CONVERSATIONS SHORT AND TO THE POINT. DO NOT TIE UP COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS.

BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR AND CHECK ON THOSE LIVING NEXT TO YOU. BE NEIGHBORLY AND LEND A HELPING HAND.

THOSE WHO RODE OUT THE STORM AWAY FROM THEIR HOME OR BUSINESS ARE LIKELY ANXIOUS TO RETURN. HOWEVER, ALLOW SOME TIME FOR WORK CREWS TO MAKE A CLEAR PATH FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES. DOWNED POWER LINES AND TREES MAY BE BLOCKING ROADS AND FLOOD WATERS MAY HAVE WASHED OUT OR OVERSPREAD SECTIONS OF KEY TRAVEL ROUTES. TRAFFIC LIGHTS MAY ALSO BE OUT OF SERVICE.

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RETURN TO EVACUATED AREAS UNTIL LOCAL AUTHORITIES GIVE THE ALL-CLEAR SIGNAL.

DO NOT GO SIGHTSEEING WITHIN IMPACTED COMMUNITIES SIMPLY TO OBSERVE STORM DAMAGE. SIGHTSEERS CAN INTERFERE WITH THE TIMELINESS OF RESCUERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS TO NEEDLESSLY JEOPARDIZE LIVES.

WHEN INSPECTING DAMAGE, USE FLASHLIGHTS RATHER THAN CANDLES OR FLAMED LIGHTING. BE AWARE OF SPARKS THAT CAN IGNITE LEAKING GAS OR OTHER FLAMMABLES.

DO NOT GO UP ON YOUR ROOF UNTIL THE STRONG WINDS HAVE SUBSIDED. LADDERS CAN BE SLIPPERY IN THE RAIN AND UNEXPECTED WIND GUSTS CAN BLOW YOU OFF OF THE ROOF. DO NOT RISK BODILY HARM IN AN ATTEMPT TO REDUCE PROPERTY DAMAGE.

WHEN CLEARING OUT FALLEN TREES, BE CAREFUL WITH CHAIN SAWS AND AXES. ALWAYS WEAR PROTECTIVE GEAR AND KEEP OTHERS AT A SAFE DISTANCE. USE THESE TOOLS ACCORDING TO OPERATING MANUALS AND SAFETY INSTRUCTION. LEANING TREES AND THOSE WHICH HAVE FALLEN ON ROOF TOPS CAN BE ESPECIALLY CHALLENGING. IF YOU ARE NOT IN GOOD HEALTH OR UNSURE ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE DOING, HAVE SOMEONE ELSE WITH TREE CUTTING EXPERIENCE DO THE JOB. NEVER CUT TREES WITHOUT A PARTNER.

IF USING A GENERATOR, AVOID CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING BY FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS BY THE MANUFACTURER. MAKE SURE THAT THE GENERATOR IS RUN IN A WELL VENTILATED SPACE.

PROBLEMS WITH SEWER BACKUPS CAN FURTHER CONTAMINATE STANDING FLOOD WATERS. KEEP CHILDREN AWAY. ALSO, LISTEN FOR BOIL WATER ALERTS RELATIVE TO COMMUNITIES WHOSE TAP WATER MAY HAVE BECOME NON- POTABLE.



* 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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AS IT PERTAINS TO THIS EVENT...THIS WILL BE THE LAST LOCAL STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC REGARDING THE EFFECTS OF TROPICAL CYCLONE HAZARDS UPON THE AREA.

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