Wednesday, October 5, 2016

As Storm Track Remains Uncertain, State Prepared to Respond to Hurricane Matthew

Oct 5, 2016

As the storm track for Hurricane Matthew continues to fluctuate, Governor Pat McCrory confirmed that the state is prepared to respond at a moment’s notice and will provide assistance to our neighboring states if needed.

“There is still a great deal of uncertainty in the forecast models and we remain prepared to respond if Matthew changes course again,” said Governor McCrory. “If the storm continues on its current track, we stand by ready to provide assistance, including swift water rescue boats and air support, for our neighbors in South Carolina and Georgia as needed.”

As storm track models continue to trend further east and south, the significant changes in forecast models has led to lower confidence in the forecast track beyond 72 hours.

Based on the current track, tropical storm force winds are still possible across coastal North Carolina, especially in areas south of Cape Hatteras. Flooding from heavy rain and storm surge remain likely, particularly in southeastern North Carolina.

Governor McCrory noted that no evacuations are currently planned for any cities or towns in eastern North Carolina and Ocracoke in Hyde County has suspended calls for evacuation.

The governor is in constant communication with South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and the Army Corps of Engineers to support a coordinated response and ensure dam safety.