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This image of Hurricane Sandy was taken Friday, Oct. 26. Photo courtesy of NOAA

Originally published: 2012-10-26 16:53:54
Last modified: 2012-10-26 17:07:45

NC prepares for Hurricane Sandy

by Anna Oakes

North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue on Friday ordered a state of emergency for 38 eastern counties in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy's approach toward the state.

“I urge all North Carolinians to keep a watchful eye on Hurricane Sandy and monitor the storm’s track," Perdue said in a statement. "This is an unusual storm, and the path it may take is uncertain. The North Carolina Division of Emergency Management is closely monitoring Hurricane Sandy and is standing by to assist citizens as needed.

"I remind residents to be prepared in the event of power failures and to follow their local news stations for the latest official recommendations and road conditions," Perdue said.

Hurricane Sandy advanced through the Bahamas and east of the Florida coastline on Friday, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The storm is expected to track northeast before turning northwest and directly impacting the mid-Atlantic or Northeast early next week.

Forecasters say the storm's moisture could produce snow in northern impact areas and throughout the Appalachians, including the High Country.

The North Carolina emergency area includes Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Tyrell, Washington and Wayne counties.

As Hurricane Sandy churns closer to the North Carolina coast, the N.C. Department of Transportation is making preparations to ensure it is ready to respond. Crews are checking their equipment to make sure it is working properly, topping off their fuel tanks and reviewing their routes prior to the storm’s arrival, a statement from the department said Friday.
NCDOT has front end loaders, motor graders and bulldozers staged along N.C. 12 in Ocracoke, Rodanthe and Pea Island, south of the Bonner Bridge. This equipment is in addition to the equipment already at the maintenance yards in Manteo, Ocracoke and Buxton. NCDOT has more equipment ready to mobilize if needed, as well as employees prepared to patrol N.C. 12 during and after the storm.
As of Friday, no mandatory evacuation orders had been issued for Dare or Hyde counties, NCDOT said.