Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador Success Story:
Tropical Storm Hermine and Hurricane Matthew on the Outer Banks of NC
Richard Bandy, NOAA/National Weather Service/Weather Forecast Office in Newport/Morehead City, NC, Newport, NC
David Glenn, NOAA/National Weather Service/Weather Forecast Office in Newport/Morehead City, NC
Tropical Storm Hermine and Hurricane Matthew both resulted in significant storm surge flooding in and around Hatteras Village on the Outer Banks of NC in 2016. The Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Newport/Morehead City, NC made new contacts on the island during post storm assessments of Tropical Storm Hermine. These interactions led to new partnerships and Weather-Ready Nation (WRN) Ambassadors in the area. These new ambassadors continued in close contact with the WFO leading up to and during Hurricane Matthew. They were included on routine briefing e-mails and webinars, and redistributed NWS information to provide members of the local community with updates on expected hazardous weather impacts. This grassroots effort, that only they as members of the community could provide, led to increased public preparedness and awareness. Feedback following the event showed that through their efforts the residents of the island were much better prepared for the impacts of Hurricane Matthew when it hit with a record, widespread storm surge for the village. The presentation will highlight the methods used for WRN Ambassador recruitment and how the WRN Ambassadors helped to successfully get the word out allowing residents to better prepare for the impacts.