OUTER BANKS-- The Outer Banks will experience strong winds and heavy rain Saturday night that will progressively worsen and could cause ocean and soundside flooding.
Although Hurricane Sandy will remain offshore, it will produce significant impacts including damage to buildings, isolated power outages, downed trees, and overwash with water and sand accumulation on roadways.
Dare County Emergency Management advises everyone to remain indoors during periods of high winds and heavy rain, and avoid driving in what will be hazardous conditions.
At this time there are no evacuation plans anticipated for Dare County.
Officials say oceanside flooding of two to four feet is possible. The storm will also produce rough surf and dangerous rip currents.
Soundside flooding throughout Dare County, including Roanoke Island, could be three to five feet Sunday into Monday.
Prolonged gusty winds will continue into Monday. Coastal areas will experience sustained winds of 40 to 55 mph with gusts from 50 to 70 mph.
Total rainfall will be five to eight inches with up to 10 inches in some locations.