Hurricane Season is here in the Outer Banks. Each year, Dare County Emergency Management provides us with “What You Should KNOW. What You Should DO. When A Hurricane Is Threatening The Outer Banks.” This information is important for everyone living on the Outer Banks. All property owners and visitors to the Outer Banks need to read the information and be aware before a hurricane threatens the Outer Banks this season.
Storm surge is often the greatest threat to life and property during a coastal storm. The destructive power of storm surge and large battering waves can result in loss of life, buildings destroyed, beach and dune erosion and road/bridge damage along the coast. Storm surge is the abnormal rise of water generated by a storm over and above the normal tide. It happens when the winds of a coastal storm push water onto land. In addition, large and destructive waves ride in on top of the surge. Storm surge can affect the oceanfront and the soundside of Dare County. The National Weather Service now issues Storm Surge Watch/Warning Maps and Potential Storm Surge Flooding Maps.
Make sure you and your family are prepared for this season by clicking here. To find more information regarding rip currents, check out this page.