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Ocracoke residents, visitors advised to monitor Tropical Storm Colin

NOAA Colin
The latest forecast today (June 6) from the National Weather Service (NWS) shows Tropical Storm Colin tracking slightly closer to Ocracoke.
Colin is an unorganized storm and significant uncertainties remain in its exact track and thus the local impacts, according to the NWS. There have been only minor changes. A tropical storm warning is now in effect on the coastal waters south of Oregon Inlet, but no watch or warning has been issued for the land at this time.
The Hyde County Emergency Service Department issued the following statement:
Ocracoke Island visitors should strongly consider the projected impacts from Tropical Storm Colin when deciding whether to remain on the island or preparing to depart for their stay this week. Ocracoke and the Outer Banks in Dare County are forecast to receive heavy rainfall starting this evening, which may result in transportation delays or impassable roads.
Additionally, the current forecast places Ocracoke within the tropical storm force wind field for approximately four hours starting at around noon tomorrow.
Standing water and tropical storm force winds could impact ferry operations tomorrow.
Due to the forward speed of the system, there is little to no chance of issuing and implementing emergency protective measures before conditions deteriorate this evening into tomorrow.
Hyde EMS recommends those on the island to closely monitor the forecast and exercise sound judgment when making travel plans.

National Park staff at Cape Hatteras National Seashore , Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial are preparing for potential storms impacts such as localized flooding or temporary road closures that could be caused by the storm once it arrives in the Outer Banks region. Currently, there are no plans to suspend operations at any of the three national park sites. Park management is monitoring the storm and will make adjustments as necessary for visitor and staff safety.

Campgrounds: Monday afternoon, park staff will advise campers at Oregon Inlet, Frisco and Ocracoke campgrounds of the inbound tropical storm and the possible impacts associated with the storm (flooding, high winds, cut-off roads). Tent camping is not advised. The reservation system for Cape Point Campground was paused for a seven-day period last Thursday, which is being extended by another seven days due to the additional rainfall that Tropical Storm Colin is expected to bring to the area.

Beach Access Ramps: Visitors should review signs posted at the ramps and use best judgment when using the ramps.

Daily ramp status updates are available on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Facebook Page at http://facebook.com/capehatterasns. At this time, no ramps have been closed due to standing water.

Updates: For more weather-related information, listen to NOAA weather radio, local radio, and media for updates and advisories.

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