(Left) Damage to Highway 12 along the Outer Banks.
(Middle) Flooded roadways in Avalon Beach, NC
(Bottom) Water overruns a temporary bridge on Highway 12. NC DOT Photos
Damage assessments teams began working in eastern North Carolina Tuesday as weather conditions improve after the tropical system associated with Hurricane Sandy churned along the coast this week. Portions of western North Carolina continue to experience winter weather conditions associated with the storm system, which was declared a post-tropical cyclone early Tuesday morning.
Hurricane Sandy’s impacts were being felt throughout eastern and western North Carolina. The hurricane has forced state and local officials to:
- Issue State of Emergency declarations in 40 counties East of I-95 and 24 counties in western North Carolina.
- Close N.C. 12 from Rodanthe to Oregon Inlet Bridge.
- Divert traffic on Highway 158 in Kitty Hawk due to flooding.
- Close the Bonner Bridge (Oregon Inlet).
- Alter ferry service schedules. Ferries for emergency services will operate from Stumpy Point until Highway 12 re-opens. The Bayview-Aurora and Currituck-Knotts Island routes resumed a normal schedule Tuesday and the Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach routes also remain on normal schedule. Assessments along other routes will continue and routes will resume once they are determined to be safe.
- Send chainsaw crews to Dare County.
Initial reports indicate that there are two storm related deaths in NC, include one death in Surry County. The N.C. Highway Patrol reports a male
driver ran into a downed tree at approximately 7:15 p.m. Monday and was declared dead on the scene. No other injuries due to the storm have been reported.
As of 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, more than 4,200 customers are without power with a large number of those in the western part of the state.
Three 6-person swift water and flood rescue teams out of Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh have been deployed and are on location in Maryland to respond to needs in those areas.
State emergency management officials will be working with local officials to respond to request for debris removal from roadways after the storm has passed.
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Thus far, the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season that is about at its midpoint has seen 14 tropical storms, with seven strengthening to hurricane status.
According to catastrophe modeling firm Risk Management Solutions (RMS), the current hurricane season has been active:
- One of these hurricanes has become a major hurricane – Hurricane Michael, which intensified into a Category 3 hurricane on September 6, but only maintained that status for 6 hours.
- At this point (September 13) in 2012 the season is the second most active season (tied with 1936) since records began in 1851, in terms of the number of named storms. Only 2005 and 2011 had more named storms as of September 13.
- Eight tropical storms formed in August, making August 2012 the most active August in terms of Atlantic basin tropical storm activity, tied with the 2004 season.
- As of September 13, the season is just over halfway through, and on average, are currently in the most active month– September 10 is officially classed as the peak of the hurricane season.
- Between 1950 and 2011 on average four tropical storms formed in September, with an average of five tropical storms forming in September between 1995 and 2011. (2004 had four tropical storms in September, and 2005 had five tropical storms in September—all of which strengthened to hurricanes.)
“Seasonal forecasts for 2012, issued at the beginning of August called for around 14 tropical storms in the Atlantic in 2012,” said Dr. Christine Ziehmann, director of Model Product Management at RMS. “The 2012 season is currently on track to exceed these forecasts, especially if September is typical of the 1995-2011 average.”A weak to moderate El Niño is forecast to develop during September, which has the potential to inhibit tropical storm development. However through the 2004 hurricane season a weak El Niño was prevalent, although there was still an above-average number of tropical storms, hurricanes, and major hurricanes—the season closing with 14 tropical storms, nine hurricanes and six major hurricanes.
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