NCDOT Prepares for Hurricane Sandy Friday, October 26, 2012

RALEIGH — As Hurricane Sandy churns closer to the North Carolina coast, the N.C. Department of Transportation is making preparations to ensure it is ready to respond. Crews are checking their equipment to make sure it is working properly, topping off their fuel tanks and reviewing their routes prior to the storm’s arrival.

NCDOT has front end loaders, motor graders and bulldozers staged along N.C. 12 in Ocracoke, Rodanthe and Pea Island, south of the Bonner Bridge.  This equipment is in addition to the equipment already at the maintenance yards in Manteo, Ocracoke and Buxton.  NCDOT has more equipment ready to mobilize if needed, as well as employees prepared to patrol N.C. 12 during and after the storm.

At this time, no mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for Dare or Hyde counties and all ferry service is running according to the regular schedule.  NCDOT has moved the larger 180-foot ferries closer to Hatteras in case an emergency ferry route is needed once the storm passes.

NCDOT is also providing real-time information about travel conditions through its Twitter feeds. As the storm approaches, the department will send out tweets about road closures, flooding, ferry cancellations and evacuation routes. There are feeds for the northern coastal region, the southern coastal region and the ferry system. A list of NCDOT’s 18 Twitter feeds is available at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter.
 
Valuable travel information is also available through the department’s other social media tools – Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, Storify, Pinterest and Instagram.
 
Here is a list of resources on the NCDOT website:

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