Raleigh - The Department of Transportation is staging equipment along the Outer Banks to be ready for any potential travel impacts from a tropical storm that is expected to pass nearby on Tuesday.
The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm watch for the North Carolina coast between Morehead City and the Virginia state line. It has the potential to bring strong winds and heavy rain.
Governor McCrory has reminded local residents and visitors to the area to be ready. "These tropical systems can pack a powerful punch; those who are prepared ahead of time will fare better," the governor said.
Transportation maintenance crews are putting equipment in place so they can quickly react to any issue that develops, such as sand overwash on roadways. A front loader and motor grader are in place on Ocracoke Island and in Buxton; a front loader is set at Kitty Hawk; and on Pea Island, several pieces of equipment are set up in the parking lot south of the Oregon Inlet bridge.
County maintenance staff will be monitoring conditions, especially at high tide cycles starting early Tuesday morning.
"Safety is always our top priority, and we urge everyone to be aware of conditions in their area," said Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson.
Residents and visitors can to download the free ReadyNC app for real-time weather and traffic information. Road condition updates are also available in the Travel section of NCDOT.gov or by following NCDOT on Twitter.