Sandy was a Category 1 storm packing 75 mph winds about 250 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, and moving northeast at 14 mph as of 11 a.m. Sunday, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
There was scattered flooding on the barrier island beach road in Nags Head early Sunday, with the worst of the storm expected to be felt later in the day and on Monday. Rain fell but gusty winds were barely half the 75 mph sustained winds reported near the center of Sandy, still hundreds of miles away. READ MORE
3:20 p.m. Sunday: The town of Emerald Isle has released the following statement:
The center of Hurricane Sandy is currently located well offshore, approximately 325 miles east-southeast of Emerald Isle. Sandy continues on a path away from Emerald Isle, and should completely clear our area later tonight or Monday.
Thankfully, Emerald Isle has experienced only relatively minor impacts from Sandy. There does not appear to be any visible damage to homes or structures. Rainfall totals are in the 2 - 3 inch range (depending on your location in Emerald Isle) and the maximum gusts recorded at Fire Stations 1 and 2 were 46 mph and 43 mph, respectively. Current radar suggests that the rain will end soon in Emerald Isle as Sandy continues to move northeast away from Emerald Isle.
Water levels remain high in Bogue Sound, with water reaching the decking of most docks, however, no widespread dock damage has been observed. Beach strand observations at 6 locations did not reveal any significant dune erosion, however, the flat beach profile is flattened to some degree. A more comprehensive assessment of the beach strand will be made on Monday or Tuesday when surf conditions return to normal.
3:18 p.m. Sunday: Craven County is on a Flood Warning until 11:14 p.m. Sunday. Heavy rain from tropical cyclone Sandy will result in localized poor drainage flooding over eastern North Carolina this afternoon through Sunday night. The flood threat will lessen as heavy rain tapers off on Monday.
2:57 p.m. Sunday: We just got word that Pamlico and Craven schools are on a 2-hour delay for Monday. Carteret County is on a delay, but with some exceptions. See all community closings and delays HERE.
2:15 p.m. Sunday: We just received this report of flooded areas in Carteret County:
• Downeast Carteret County along Pamlico Sound: should prepare for inundation of 3 to 5 feet above ground level highest in small narrow creeks off the sound. Portsmouth Island should prepare for 4 to 6 feet of inundation above ground level.
• Core Sound into Harkers Island and Beaufort: Core Sound should prepare for 2 to 4 feet of inundation with 1 to 2 feet above ground level possible into Harkers Island and Beaufort.
• Bogue Sound: Prepare for inundation of around 1 foot above ground level on Bogue Banks from Atlantic Beach too Emerald Isle and into Swansboro.
1:40 p.m. Sunday: This photo was submitted by Ricky Nelson from Stacy this morning. Nelson writes, "Our church was flooded in both Hurricane Isabel and Irene, but it looks like it will survive Sandy as the water level is approximately 5 feet above normal. In Stacy, residential flooding starts at about 6.5 feet above normal."
1:20 p.m. Sunday: Data from NOAA and Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter aircraft this morning have revealed no significant changes to the intensity or overall structure of Hurricane Sandy, even though satellite imagery indicates a banding eye feature is trying to form and the central pressure has been as low as 951 mb. The wind field has continued to expand. There have been some track wobbles, but here remains no significant change to the previous forecast track or reasoning. Sandy will continue to interact with a strong negatively tilted shortwave trough located over the Tennessee Valley that will continue to moved eastward toward the U.S. East Coast over the next 48 hours. As the trough undercuts Sandy to its south, the hurricane is expected to lift northeastward and then northward over the next 24 hours, followed by a turn to the northwest and possibly west-northwest until landfall occurs within 48 hours or so. The official forecast track is similar to the previous advisory track and lies down the middle of the tightly packed global and regional model guidance.
See below the current forecast track for Sandy.
1:01 p.m. Sunday: The rising water makes the woodwork at the Oriental Plantation Subdivision docks on Smith Creek in this photo sent to us by Ashley Erwin.
12:55 p.m. Sunday: Pamlico County Manager Tim Buck says flooding in the county is so far minor from the rain brought by Hurricane Sandy and associated storm surge. The shelter at Pamlico County Community College remains open, but it is expected to close soon. The shelter served about 30 people Saturday night.
11:28 a.m. Sunday: A viewer sent this photo of a light post snapped in half at Blair Farms in Morehead City.
11:13 a.m. Sunday: The largest mass transit system in the nation was ordered to suspend operations, as Hurricane Sandy approached. New York City was scheduled to halt all bus, subway and commuter rail services Sunday night, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. Read more here.
11:04 a.m. Sunday: According to the Carteret County Department of Emergency Management, there was flooding at South River Saturday night. In addition, roads were overwashed at the town of Sea Level. Meanwhile, a viewer sent these photos of waves crashing the Bogue Inlet Pier at Emerald Isle.