A winter storm warning is in effect today for Beaufort, Dare, mainland Hyde, Martin, Tyrrell and Washington counties. A winter storm advisory is in effect today for the rest of Eastern Carolina. The threats are snow, sleet and freezing rain.
Warnings about the approach of Cyclone Nargis was sufficient and heavy loss of life was inevitable, according to the United Nations weather agency. The location of Myanmar on the eastern Bay of Bengal, the path the storm took, the heavy rains and the country's limited infrastructure all contributed to the scale of the disaster. Warning times of five to seven days would have been necessary and such early notice is beyond the current state of weather prediction technology, according to the United Nations agency. The public was warned for two days regularly by television and radio. Neighboring Bangladesh, which is frequently hit by severe storms during the monsoon season, has managed to reduce its death toll in recent years by building raised storm shelters and instructing its people what to do in case of a cyclone. Efforts are underway to do the same in Myanmar. Nearly 78,00 people are known dead from the cyclone.