Hurricane Isaias continues moving toward the United States east coast at 6 a.m. today.

A hurricane advisory was put in place today at 2:00 p.m. by the NHC for the Atlantic seaboard where Hurricane Isaias, which strengthened into a category one hurricane overnight, is expected to approach the east coast of North Carolina within the next three days.

“Isaias will produce heavy rains and potentially life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides across the Dominican Republic, northern Haiti, Turks and Keyko’s in the Bahamas. Heavy rains may begin to affect south and east central Florida late Friday night, and the eastern Carolinas by early next week,“ the National Hurricane Center said on its website.

The North Carolina Emergency Management Twitter released information about gathering emergency supplies for hurricanes during COVID-19. These emergency kit supplies include facemasks, hand sanitizer, cleaning products and sanitizing wipes.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper tweeted about preparing for a possible evacuation recommending making plans with family and friends.

“Being prepared for a potential hurricane is extra important this year because of the pandemic. Protect yourself, your family and first responders by making sure you have emergency supplies and creating an evacuation plan,“ Cooper said.

A mandatory evacuation for Ocracoke Island has been issued for visitors at noon today by the Hyde County Commissioners. Evacuation for residents of Ocracoke begins Aug. 1 at 6 a.m.

The East Carolina University Alert System will continue to monitor the track of Hurricane Isaias on its Twitter account and through text alerts.

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