CURRITUCK — Currituck County government issued an advisory for residents to finish preparations for Hurricane Arthur by this evening.
The advisory also calls for exercising “extreme caution if venturing outside from midnight tonight until midday tomorrow, Friday, July 4,” according to Currituck spokeswoman Melissa Jensen.
The hurricane has shifted westward and as such, lower Currituck can expect to experience hurricane-force winds, up to 74 mph, beginning around 4 a.m. at the peak of the storm, the advisory states.
Sustained winds from the storm are expected to be between 40 and 45 mph by 1:30 a.m. on Friday with gusts to 60 mph.
Along with winds, forecasts call for 2 to 4 inches of rain, 12 to 18-foot waves and 1 to 2-feet of storm surge in the ocean, as well as, 2 to 4-foot waves in the sound and 1 foot of storm surge in the Currituck Sound. As a result, Currituck County may experience conditions such as localized flooding, downed trees, power outages, heavy surf and minor beach erosion.
Should a power outage occur, contact Dominion Power at 1-866-DOM-HELP.
Citizens are advised to remain indoors during periods of high wind and heavy rain, and avoid driving in these conditions, the advisory notes. Those in the four-wheel drive section of Carova should prepare to stay in place during the storm, as conditions may make the beach road impassable.
All residents should secure outdoor items and property. Emergency kits should be stocked with a food and water supply for at least three days, prescription medications, pet supplies and other necessities. Citizens should be prepared for power outages.
Information regarding the storm can be found online at www.co.currituck.nc.us and on Twitter at CurrituckGov. Citizens may call Emergency Management at (252) 232-2115.