Manns Harbor - The North Carolina Department of Transportation's Ferry Division is prepared for the arrival of Tropical Depression #8, which is forecast to come close to North Carolina's Outer Banks on Tuesday.
A tropical storm watch has been posted from Cape Lookout to Oregon Inlet. Winds associated with the storm could reach 35 to 45 miles per hour in that area, with gusts to 55 mph possible. If that forecast comes to pass, it is likely that some ferry schedule interruptions will occur, most likely on the Hatteras Inlet and Pamlico Sound routes.
"Safety is always our top priority, so passengers should prepare for service suspensions from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning if wind and tidal conditions warrant," said Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. "Hopefully this system will be on its way out to sea by Wednesday afternoon, and we'll be back to our full schedule long before Labor Day vacationers arrive."
At this point no evacuations have been ordered, so all N.C. Ferry routes will remain on their regular schedules until conditions deteriorate.