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Hyde County Hurricane and Flood Information

 
hurricaneWith Hyde County being a coastal area, we are subject to the occasional storm system tracking through the county. Tropical systems and Noreasters are not uncommon in our area and residents and visitors alike need to be prepared for such a scenario. This section of the website will provide information on storms, flooding, and how to best prepare for an oncoming storm system. 

For up to date info on any upcoming storms check our news page here.

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Following NWS Morehead City's twitter page will keep you up to date with the latest storm info.


Tropical System Strength Guide

All storms have the potential to bring heavy rain and storm surge, which can cause significant flooding in the area. As the storm strengthens, wind damage becomes more likely.  

Tropical Depression: winds < 39 mph

Tropical Storm: winds 39-73 mph

Cat 1 Hurricane: winds 74-95 mph - Very dangerous winds will produce some damage: Well-constructed frame homes could have damage to the roof, shingles, vinyl siding, and gutters. Large branches of trees will snap and shallowly rooted trees may be toppled. Extensive damage to power lines and poles likely will result in power outages that could last a few to several days.

Cat 2 Hurricane: winds 96-110 mph - Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage: Well-constructed frame homes could sustain major roof and siding damage. Many shallowly rooted trees will be snapped or uprooted and block numerous roads. Near-total power loss is expected with outages that could last from several days to weeks.

Cat 3 Hurricane (major): winds 111-129 mph - Devastating damage will occur: Well-built framed homes may incur major damage or removal of roof decking and gable ends. Many trees will be snapped or uprooted, blocking numerous roads. Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes.

Cat 4 Hurricane (major): winds 130-156 mph - Catastrophic damage will occur: Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.

Cat 5 Hurricane (major): winds > 156 mph - Catastrophic damage will occur: A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.