Soundside flooding hazard at Ocracoke Island

Sep 6, 2019

UNDATED – The National Weather Service office in Newport is reporting water is beginning to rise rapidly over the eastern part of the Pamlico Sound. The National Weather Service says the tide gauge at Ocracoke has risen six-feet in the last hour-and-a-half at 6 feet, 3 inches and rising. The Weather Service anticipates similar conditions in Hatteras. They advise anyone in those flood prone areas to seek higher ground immediately. A Flash Flood Emergency has just been issued for Hyde and Dare Counties. The National Weather Service reports water levels at Ocracoke as "historic."

UPDATE -- Gauge levels peaked at 6.37 feet at approximate 0830, above major flood levels at 5.5 feet. The gauge has already dipped below 5.5 feet, at 5.43 feet at 0930.