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At the Pony Pen beach Sunday, Aug. 2. Photo: C. Leinbach

Don’t let your guard down, especially when it comes to dangerous rip currents and an increased threat of tornadoes in the region beginning Monday, but the effects of Isaias will be less than predicted a few days ago.

Isaias (pronounced ee-sah-ee-ahs), now a tropical storm, is expected to make landfall near the North and South Carolina border and track inland through the state. So, if it holds to that track, the Outer Banks will bear impacts from the right side of the storm.

Expect some high wind gusts and some rain, one to two inches, on Ocracoke and Hatteras islands beginning Monday evening when the storm passes through.
Ocean overwash is likely along Highway 12, especially on Hatteras Island and driving conditions will become hazardous in some areas.

By Tuesday afternoon, the storm is expected to be well north of the Outer Banks.

The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division will suspend emergency evacuation operations from Ocracoke after tomorrow’s 10:30 a.m. departure from Ocracoke to Hatteras.

This will be the final ferry leaving Ocracoke until Tropical Storm Isaias passes.

The division will suspend ferry operations on Pamlico Sound today after the 1:30 p.m. ferry run from Ocracoke to Swan Quarter.

The remaining evacuation schedule is as follows:
Ocracoke to Hatteras:

Today (Sunday): 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and midnight
Monday: 4:30 a.m., 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Both Ocracoke and Hatteras islands went into mandatory evacuation over the past two days, but Dare County officials decided not to evacuate the Nags Head, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills areas.

As of noon today, the North Carolina Ferry System had evacuated 1,580 vehicles and 3,335 people from Ocracoke on the Hatteras, Cedar Island and Swan Quarter routes.
Ferry Division managers will monitor weather conditions and resume service as soon as it is safe to do so. Re-entry restrictions will be decided by Hyde County Emergency Management.

The evacuation orders will be lifted as soon as officials deem it safe to do so.

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