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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
-----------------

* 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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