An evacuation was underway Tuesday on an island on North Carolina’s Outer Banks as Hurricane Maria moved north.
The Hyde County Sheriff’s office said the evacuation began at 5 a.m. Monday on Ocracoke Island. It wasn’t immediately clear how many residents and visitors heeded the order to leave.
The National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning from Cape Lookout to Duck on the Outer Banks. A tropical storm watch was in effect from Surf City to Cape Lookout and from Duck to the North Carolina-Virginia state line.
Hyde County commissioners ordered the evacuation on the island still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Jose.
A storm surge of 2 feet (0.6 meters) to 4 feet (1 meter) is possible. Up to 2 inches (5 centimeters) of rain could fall through Wednesday.
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