Governor Urges Coastal Residents To Stay Inside Sunday

Gov. Mike Easley today advised people in the coastal counties of North Carolina to stay inside tomorrow while Subtropical Storm Gabrielle makes its way through the state.

With 45 mile per hour winds, Gabrielle is a minimal tropical storm but it is expected to bring two to four inches of rain to coastal areas on Sunday, which could cause minor flooding.

“The greatest danger will be flooding in low lying areas and on roads
such as Highway 12 on the Outer Banks,” said Easley. “The most deaths during tropical storms occur when people drive into flood waters and drown. Rip currents will be strong in the ocean. The safest place to be will be indoors.”

The current storm track takes it across Cape Lookout early Sunday morning, through the Pamlico Sound during the day, and heading out to
sea early Monday morning across the Outer Banks. The Cape Lookout area will be most vulnerable to tropical storm force winds early Sunday
morning. Forecasters say most of the rain will stay east of Interstate 95.

The governor reminded residents of these safety tips.

· Do not drive your car through flood waters. Cars will float in less than one foot of water. If you cannot see the line markings on the road, do not go through the water.

· Do not allow children to play in flooded areas or ditches.

· Do not swim or dive into the water.

· Listen to radio and television for information or instructions from local emergency managers.

Stay with WITN and for the latest developments on Gabrielle.