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Tropical Storm Watch issued; time to prepare

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, a tropical storm watch is in effect for Dare County indicating that tropical storm conditions are possible within the next 36 hours.

According to the National Weather Service, tropical force winds, rain and moderate soundside flooding will impact Dare County beginning Thursday evening into Friday morning as Hurricane Michael tracks through the southeastern U.S. following landfall in the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday.

As the storm approaches Dare County on Thursday, there will be a chance of tornadoes. The threat of rip currents is already high and will remain elevated until well after the storm passes through. Stay out of the ocean as conditions are dangerous for even the most experienced swimmers.

Dare County Emergency Management is reminding residents and visitors to go ahead and make necessary preparations – secure outdoor furniture, garbage cans and other loose, lightweight objects before the onset of strong winds and heavy rain. Motorists are advised to minimize travel as road conditions may become hazardous during periods of high winds and heavy rain.

Continue to monitor weather reports and be aware of any updated watches and warnings issued by the National Weather Service (NWS). For local weather conditions, visit http://www.weather.gov/mhx. For updated information from the National Hurricane Center, visit http://www.nhc.noaa.gov.

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