5:02 p.m. Saturday: The Swan Quarter, Cedar Island-Ocracoke, Hatteras-Ocracoke and Currituck-Knotts Island ferries have stopped all operations. The Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach ferry is currently operating on a normal schedule, but will likely suspend operations as conditions continue to deteriorate. The Southport-Fort Fisher and Bayview-Aurora routes will maintain normal operations as long as possible.
4:46 p.m. Saturday: Jessica Anderson sent this photo, and writes: "Dawsons Creek area in Arapahoe, NC. Dock is going missing."
4:30 p.m. Saturday: Tori Shaw just recorded a video forecast with the newest information on Hurricane Sandy. VIEW HERE
3:58 p.m. Saturday: The majority of Eastern Carolina is already starting to experience the beginning effects of Sandy as she moves her way closer to NC. Though the storm will be passing us 200-300 miles off our coast, tropical storm warning and flood watch is and will continue to be in an effect for ENC. East of Highway 17 could see as much as 8" of rain and winds substained at 50mph to gust into the 70mph range. Areas in between Highway 11 and 17, should expect 3-6" of rain with 40mph substained winds and gust up to 55mph. Between Highway 258 and 11, you could expect 30mph substained winds with gusted up to 40mph and rainfall amounts up to 4". Parts east of Highway 258, people should expect 1-2" of rain and 25 mph gusting up to 35mph.
3:19 p.m. Saturday: This photo was just sent to us by Wendy Cordier. She says it was taken at the mouth of the South River around 2:30 p.m.
3:09 p.m. Saturday: A satellite image of Sandy is shown at the National Hurricane Center in Miami ...
3:02 p.m. Saturday: Shop owners north of NC are having their windows boarded today in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy's arrival.
A worker boards up the windows of the store as Hurricane Sandy approaches in Ocean City, Md., on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. 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/Jose Luis Magana)
2:36 p.m. Saturday: The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers tips on how to prepare for Hurricane Sandy and other tropical storms. Sandy is expected to be especially disastrous when it merges with a winter storm system, bringing powerful winds, rain, snow and storm surge along the Eastern Seaboard.
2:33 p.m. Saturday: Visitors to North Carolina have various views of Hurricane Sandy. Read this story to find out who stayed and who left.
2:05 p.m. Saturday:We are just being informed that Lawson Creek in Craven County is flooded.
1:15 p.m. Saturday: Pamlico County is urging residents in low lying areas to voluntarily evacuate due to Hurricane Sandy. An emergency shelter is set to open at the Pamlico Community College starting at 6 p.m. Anyone with questions is asked to call 252-745-3861.
11:43 a.m. Saturday:The North Carolina Department of Transportation's Ferry Division has suspended operations on the Hatteras Inlet route due to high water over N.C. 12 in Hatteras. READ MORE HERE
11:30 a.m. Saturday: Hurricane Sandy is still centered off the coast of Florida. But the storm is so physically wide, that bands of precipitation and wind will be rolling through our region today.
Light to moderate rainfall will begin this morning with winds picking up in the afternoon. Morning gusts of 30mph were recorded throughout eastern Carolina. Late this afternoon, gusts will be closer to 50-70mph with the worst winds in coastal areas and in the Outer Banks. Rain will also intensify this afternoon and overnight. Rainfall will be 1-2" west of highway 258, 2-4" west of highway 17, and 4-6" east of highway 17, with some beach locations seeing as much as 8" of rain.
Sound side storm surge for coastal counties is likely to occur as we go overnight tonight. Sandy will be producing fast northeasterly winds. These winds will push water down the Albermarle and Pamlico Sounds into the Neuse River and around coastal Carteret County. Highest surge values could be up to 6 feet, but most will be around the 2-4' range in the hardest hit spots.
Winds will switch from the Northeast to westerly into Sunday. This will allow coastal areas with storm surge to drain out. But in tern, surge will then roll over the Outer Banks. It is likely highway 12 will be washed out.
Temperatures will start to drop Sunday afternoon and overnight, with cold air on tap for Monday. Winds will continue to gust around 30mph through Monday. Depending on where Sandy makes landfall, rain may still fall Monday north I-70. Otherwise, expect the rain to begin to clear out of the region from the south to the north on Sunday.