5:52 a.m. Sunday: The National Weather Service issued a coastal flood warning for The Outer Banks, Currituck and the Virginia Beach area. The flood warning will remain in effect until midnight Monday.
Meanwhile, two to three feet of standing water were on Oaks Road, right before going into National Avenue in New Bern. A road block was set up there.
Progress Energy, which had reported 82 Outages in Havelock, was reporting zero outages there as of 5:52 a.m.
5:34 a.m. Sunday: According to the Highway Patrol, NC 12 near the Oregon Inlet Bridge in Dare County, along with the bridge itself, were both closed as of Sunday morning. No other major road closures were reported.
4:48 a.m. Sunday: The Jones-Onslow Electric Membership Cooperative, which previously reported 477 outages, was reporting no outages as of 4:48 a.m.
4:12 a.m. Sunday: No bridges were closed in Carteret County as of 4:12 a.m., according to the Highway Patrol. However, the Oregon Inlet Bridge in Dare County was shut down.
3:52 a.m. Sunday: The Jones-Onslow Electric Membership Cooperative was reporting 477 outages in Jones County. Progress Energy was reporting 82 outages in Havelock.
3:25 a.m. Sunday: Progress Energy was reporting 61 power outages in Beaufort as of 3:04 a.m. According to Progress Energy, the rest of Carteret County had four outages. Winds and rain were expected to pick up until noon.
12:30 a.m. Sunday: Dale Hayes sent us a this photo of his neighbor's dock underwater, at Dawson Creek in Pamlico County.
11:07 p.m. Saturday: Looking ahead to Sunday, the rain and wind will continue as Sandy tracks past our coast. It will move on a northerly track still a few hundred miles to the east of our area. Highs tomorrow will be mild. The mainland will be in the low to mid 60s. The beaches will be in the upper 60s to the low 70s.
10:28 p.m. Saturday: Sandy is starting to lose some of its tropical characteristics. There is cold air being filtered into the storm. Hurricane Sandy was located about 350 miles south of Buxton or about 320 miles south-southeast of Morehead City. The storm is moving northeast at 13 mph and has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. It is expected to move northeast and remain offshore of the North Carolina Coast this weekend. Despite remaining offshore, it will result in significant impact along Coastal North Carolina. It make a northerly turn Sunday evening and on Monday head back to the west making landfall and as a strong nor’easter. Our weather on Monday depends on how far north Sandy makes landfall. If it makes landfall well north of us, we can expect conditions to start to clear out late Sunday night/early Monday morning. If it makes landfall a little farther south closer to our borders, we will be dealing with the rain and wind through the day on Monday. Areas north of Highway 70 will still be dealing with showers from Sandy on Tuesday.
8:51 p.m. Saturday: Satellite imagery shows that dry mid-level air has wrapped around the western and southwestern portions of the circulation, which may have caused the recent weakening of the inner-core convection. The Air force aircraft made its final pass through Sandy and reported a minimum pressure of around 961 MB. Wind data from the aircraft and a recent dropsonde from the NOAA G-IV aircraft conducting a surveillance mission around Sandy support maintaining the initial intensity of 65 kt.
There has been no change to the track or intensity forecast reasoning. Sandy is likely to remain at or near hurricane strength during the next day or so. After that time, the cyclone will interact with a strong shortwave trough and associated cold front moving into the eastern United States. As this occurs, the global models indicate that the cyclone will strengthen due to baroclinic processes, and the official forecast calls for some increase in intensity in a couple of days. By 48 hours, the GFS and ECMWF models show colder air wrapping around the south portion of the circulation and sandy is likely to have completed its transformation to a vigorous extratropical cyclone at that time. After landfall, the cyclone is forecast to steadily weaken.
7:51 p.m. Saturday: Large waves generated by Hurricane Sandy crash into Jeanette's Pier in Nags Head, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 as the storm moves up the east coast. Hurricane Sandy, upgraded again Saturday just hours after forecasters said it had weakened to a tropical storm, was barreling north from the Caribbean and was expected to make landfall early Tuesday near the Delaware coast, then hit two winter weather systems as it moves inland, creating a hybrid monster storm.
(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
6:56 p.m. Saturday: The rain expected from Hurricane Sandy didn’t stop this hoard of Pirate fans from going to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium to support the East Carolina University football team in a Military Appreciation Game against the Navy Midshipmen. The Middies won the game, 56-28.
5:38 p.m. Saturday: This satellite image of Hurricane Sandy shows the storm's cloud cover engulfing nearly the entire East Coast.
5:12 p.m. Saturday: Mary Hynes just sent us these two photos from Oriental, NC.