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HURRICANE MARIA MSG #1

Scott Sherrill - Monday, September 25, 2017

As many of you know, over the weekend the track of this storm has moved a bit closer to coastal NC.

The NWS in Newport has updated their severe weather briefing page at http://www.weather.gov/media/mhx/LatestBriefing.pdf

Note that the likelihood of at least Tropical Storm force winds has increased.  There is also the likelihood of storm surge concerns.  See the NWS brief for timing and effects on this.

PKS will see effects from this storm on Tuesday and they will continue through Wednesday. Now is a good time to ensure that homes/boats are secure and that you are ready for a possible  power outage.


HURRICANE MARIA MSG #2--school early release tomorrow

Scott Sherrill - Monday, September 25, 2017

From the Carteret County Public School System:

The Carteret County Public School System will dismiss students and staff three hours early tomorrow, Tuesday, September 26, 2017. This decision is based on the weather predictions from NOAA and in conjunction with the County Emergency Management Office. Predictions indicate there will be winds and light rain in the morning and then the winds will pick up substantially in the late afternoon. With a three hour early release tomorrow, students will be home before the high winds start, which will likely lead to water on roads and over wash. Carteret County is a very geographically unique county and there will be excessively high water in the usually low lying spots. Please use caution when driving. Again, students and staff will be dismissed three hours early tomorrow, Tuesday, September 26, 2017.

Accepted Recyclable Materials

Scott Sherrill - Thursday, September 21, 2017

We have recently been notified about prohibitive materials that cannot be placed in recycling bins. Please help us keep costs down by reviewing the prohibitive materials list. (CLICK HERE)

EXAMPLES OF PROHIBITIVE MATERIALS

Mixed Metals & Wire                                    Medical Waste                       

Hoses                                                                Clothing

Food Waste                                                       Plastic Bags

                           


HURRICANE IRMA MSG #3

Scott Sherrill - Friday, September 08, 2017

NWS Newport has updated their severe weather briefing.  This can be viewed throughout this storm period at http://www.weather.gov/media/mhx/LatestBriefing.pdf.

We just attended a briefing from the Newport NWS Office.  The following were the main points:

  • The current track is more favorable for eastern NC than the previous ones.  The potential for change exists, but right now all modeling looks like we will be spared what we are seeing will take place in FLA.  The NWS has confidence on this.
  • Effects from the storm will be seen in our area Sunday through Monday night.  We will see:
    • winds in the 30-40 mph range
    • a significant and dangerous RIP CURRENT situation.  This will last through Wednesday (accounting for both Irma and Jose)
    • storm surge of approximately 1 foot
    • 1-3 inches of rain
    • Gale force winds will occur on the ocean

Carteret County Emergency Management will monitor this throughout and we’ll pass on anything significant.  They recommend we continue with efforts to secure items on our property that could turn into missiles with high winds.  Also, this is probably not the weekend to be on the ocean.

HURRICANE IRMA MSG #2

Scott Sherrill - Friday, September 08, 2017

Thursday, 07 September 2017  5:00 PM

The NHC hurricane track that we have all seen today indicates that we may be spared a devastating blow relative to those south of us.  With that said, the NHC itself is pretty emphatic that their day 4-5 projections are subject to variation, and the “black lines” we see should not be taken for gospel here in eastern NC at this point.

The duty Meteorologist at the NWS station in Newport has told us that until we are in the Sat-Sun timeframe,  and have more confidence in the track, we need to remain vigilant in our preparation.  (for those added to the email list---see msg #1 below on some steps we should be thinking about in the 2-3 days ahead).

NWS Newport has updated their severe weather briefing.  This can be viewed throughout this storm period (it is updated automatically…if it is not at this link it is about to be updated again) at http://www.weather.gov/media/mhx/LatestBriefing.pdf

For the current briefing click the links below, even with the current track we are in for a significant storm.

Click Here and here


HURRICANE IRMA MSG #1

Scott Sherrill - Thursday, September 07, 2017

While Irma’s eventual course is still an unknown, the storm’s intensity warrants special attention.  With a weekend coming up for use as prep-time for homeowners, and given the severity of this hurricane, we should all be thinking about using the next 3-5 days wisely.

The NWS has told us that impacts from this storm could start being felt as early as Tuesday 12 Sept.  So use the time between now and then to start thinking about the following:

  • Prepare your homes for a major wind event.  Everything should be secured/tied down as much as possible.
  • If you flood-proof your home for storms----you almost certainly should for this event.
  • Secure your boats.  If you are pulling them out, waiting for Sunday-Monday might make things difficult.
  • Anticipate a power outage.  Perhaps a lengthy one.  Have your battery powered radios and generators ready for operation. Test your generators in a well-ventilated area. 
  • Pick up meds and other critical health care necessities soon.  Waiting until Monday may not be prudent.
  • Stock food and/medications as required.
  • Top off your vehicles with fuel.
    • You should be mentally and logistically prepared for the possibility of evacuation.  Start thinking (just in case) where you would go if we decided to evacuate and you need a place to stay.  Some in Town are already making motel reservations  inland.
    • You should be enrolled in the Code Red emergency notification system.

Click Here for a useful list of phone numbers and websites for weather emergencies.