Hurricane Earl, as seen through the live cam, is coming! The latest on Earl? Wake County, NC, 192 miles West of Outer Banks, is experiencing Hurricane Earl’s weak rain bands as they move in. Outer Banks is experiencing area rain showers and over 17 feet waves. Ocracoke is experiencing over wash. Route 12 along the Outer Banks, at this moment, is experiencing slight reports of over wash.
Jim Cantore, the go-to-man for The Weather Channel, confirms that the Rt. 12 report of over wash is light, at this time. But he expects, as we do, that this will change soon. As “Cantore Go Home” signs are found along the Outer Banks, so are signs that Earl is coming closer.
Surfline’s Cape Hatteras live cam (click on live), proves it’s going to be a long night along the Outer Banks. The cam is visible depending upon light. As you can see, Hatteras is not a pretty sight with white foamy churning waves.
Hurricane Earl dipped to 115 mph, but don’t be fooled. The Weather Channel awaits a couple more frames to significantly offer reassurance that Earl has indeed taken the turn East. Although the trough seems to be arriving to save the day, or night. A tardy trough could lift the chances of a hurricane landfall.
More evacuations have been set. Visit NC Department of Transportation, DOT, for the latest North Carolina evacuations. On the bottom of the web site one can find a travel map to seek directions in roadway evacuations. But what does Jim Cantore suggest?
Take 64 West from Rt. 12. Again, over wash is expected on Rt. 12 soon. 64 West is moving traffic at a decent rate, faster than other roads. Google map can assist in those trying to figure out where 64 West is in connection to the Banks. It may be a little out of your way but it’s either sit in a car waiting or driving to a safer location.
By the time the sunset reaches conditions should deteriorate. A surge of a couple feet can impact structures, including roads. One of the main reasons for the evacuation to begin with. It’s all about saving lives. Inches of water can swipe a car off of a road. Heavy rain, lightning, or winds can take down a home. It doesn’t take much to find yourself in a dire hurricane situation.
Waves have been reported by The Weather Channel to have reached over 17 feet. Galloping waves have also been spotted at Wrightsville Beach. Storm surge in the sounds will, most likely, cause problems. The water is edging closer. If you haven’t checked out the live cam yet, I suggest it. You can also pull up live cams near your area.
Visit Hurricanes, Tips & Tricks preparing for Hurricane Earl, even for last minute gathering.
Being a hurricane survivor myself I encourage anyone on the western side of this storm to prepare as well before the night closes. That means get to the store, grab what you need, hunker down at home. Do not drive thinking that roads will not be washed out. Hurricanes can tend to bring coastal and inland flooding.
Be prepared! And Godspeed.
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