Hurricane Dorian OBX Updates

 


hurricane dorian outer banks updates
With Hurricane Dorian approaching the East Coast, fans of the Outer Banks are understandably concerned. Over the next several days, we will be providing updates with the latest news about Hurricane Dorian and the conditions here on the Outer Banks. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back periodically for updates. (Note: most recent news will be toward the top).

Quick Links:
  • Storm Aftermath (Post-storm safety, disaster relief, etc.)
  • News (Bulletins, county orders, current forecasts, latest updates, etc.)
  • Visitor Resources (Exiting your rental, filing an insurance claim, re-entry, etc.)
  • Owner Resources (Storm prep, re-entry, etc.)

STORM AFTERMATH


Post-Storm Safety Precautions:

Employees and local business owners along with storm clean-up crews and Dominion power workers have been tirelessly working to ensure visitors are allowed back to the OBX as soon as possible. Although staged re-entry procedures are still ongoing for Hatteras Island, areas in Dare County north of Oregon Inlet and beach towns in Currituck County now have unrestricted access to visitors. However, this does not mean that all effects of the storm have passed. Many areas of the Outer Banks are still dealing with storm clean-up and property damage. With that in mind, it is very important to take post-storm precautions to ensure everyone stays safe. Please observe the following:

  • Always listen to county authorities for any special instructions.
  • Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water.
  • Do not wade or walk into flood water or flooded areas. Flood water may contain debris and sewage and is not safe. Anyone who comes into contact with flooded water should thoroughly wash their exposed skin with soap and water and be cautious of any open cuts on the skin. These can become infected and if you notice redness or swelling, seek medical attention immediately. 
  • Do not let your children play in flood water or play with any toys that have been sitting in flood water until they have been properly disinfected with bleach.
  • Always observe any local rip current warnings issued. Tides before, during, and after a storm can be dangerous. Also be aware that storm debris can wash up in both the ocean and sound.
  • Be extremely careful when driving. Many roads still have areas of standing water or are covered with sand which can be hazardous to drivers unfamiliar with these conditions.

How to Help the Outer Banks:

Many visitors want to help the local community and those families here on the Outer Banks who have suffered losses from Dorian. All assistance is greatly and sincerely appreciated. Here are a few ways you can help:

  • Outer Banks Community Foundation: The OBX Community Foundation is an organization that helps the Outer Banks community with immediate to long-term recovery and disaster relief. Every penny from your donation will directly help a family in need.
  • Outer Banks SPCA: The OBX SPCA was able to evacuate all of their cats and dogs to loving fosters before Dorian hit the area. However, these transfers caused a shortage in dog crates and cat carriers. Donations can be made to their location in Manteo.

NEWS


Unrestricted Access to all of Hatteras Island Beginning Thursday:

Posted 09/11/19 at 5:30 PM

Dare County Bulletin #16: There is currently unrestricted access north of Oregon Inlet, including the Towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo, Roanoke Island, Colington and mainland Dare. On Hatteras Island, there is unrestricted access to the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, and the northern areas of Buxton. 

Unrestricted access to the villages of Frisco and Hatteras Village will begin at noon on Thursday, September 12. 

It is important for visitors to check with their rental company or accommodations provider to confirm reservations before traveling to the area since some properties were impacted and require repairs. 

NOTE: Some homes and businesses on Hatteras Island suffered significant impacts and they are in the process of recovering; your patience and understanding are truly appreciated. 

Storm Debris
Dare County Public Works staff will begin debris removal on Monday, September 16 inside the gate at Colington Harbor. Homeowners in these areas are asked to place all debris in right-of-way by 6 a.m. Monday morning as the County only has resources available to make one pass through each neighborhood. Upon completion of debris removal in Colington Harbor, staff will begin working in Martin’s Point. Storm debris removal in Martin’s Point is anticipated to begin Thursday, September 19 but this date is subject to change. A schedule for other areas of unincorporated Dare County will be released as soon as details are finalized.

Storm related debris should be placed into 4 SEPARATE PILES onto the right-of-way at least 30 feet from fire hydrants. 

  • Vegetative Debris (limbs, leaves, branches, sea grass, etc.) DO NOT BAG! 
  • Construction and Demolition Materials (building materials, concrete, shingles, etc.)
  • Metal (appliances)
  • Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics (oil, bleach toilet cleaner, televisions, computers, etc.)

Large items such as cars, boats, trailers, and campers will be not be accepted and must be disposed of by the owner. 

National Park Service, Outer Banks Group 
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial are open. 

Please check the Cape Hatteras National Seashore website, Facebook page or Twitter to find out what areas are open to visitors.


Another Hatteras Island Re-Entry Update:

Posted 09/10/19 at 5:00 PM

Dare County Bulletin #15: Unrestricted access to the village of Avon and northern areas of Buxton will begin at noon, Wednesday, September 11.  Priority Three will remain in place for areas south of Buxton Back Road and NC 12 (NC SR 1232 at Cape Hatteras Secondary School), including the villages of Frisco and Hatteras. Visitors will not be allowed past the checkpoint at Cape Hatteras Secondary School. 

The Dare County Control Group met Tuesday afternoon to consider reentry guidelines for Frisco and Hatteras Village and have determined these areas are not ready to receive visitors. The Control Group will meet again on Wednesday afternoon to assess conditions. The next update will be provided on Wednesday by 6 p.m.  

Storm Debris
Details have not been finalized for debris pickup, please continue piling storm related debris into 4 SEPARATE PILES onto the right-of-way at least 30 feet from fire hydrants. Visit www.darenc.com/hurricanedorian for information on how to separate debris and updates as details are finalized. 

National Park Service, Outer Banks Group 
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site  - Open, but all trails will remain closed until further notice.

Wright Brothers National Memorial - Open   

Cape Hatteras National Seashore - All NPS visitor services and facilities remain closed on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. Areas north of Oregon Inlet reopened at noon on September 10. Beach access ramp updates posted at https://go.nps.gov/beachaccess.


Hatteras Island Re-Entry Update:

Posted 09/09/19 at 6:15 PM

Dare County Bulletin #14: Unrestricted access to the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo on Hatteras Island will begin at noon, Tuesday, September 10. Sand and water remain on many Hatteras Island roadways. Drive slowly and proceed with caution. 

Unrestricted access to the village of Avon and northern areas of Buxton will begin at noon, Wednesday, September 11.  Priority Three will remain in place for areas south of Buxton Back Road and NC 12 (NC SR 1232 at Cape Hatteras Secondary School), including the villages of Frisco and Hatteras. Visitors will not be allowed past the checkpoint at Cape Hatteras Secondary School.   

Visitors are asked to check with their rental company or accommodations provider to confirm reservations before traveling to the area. 

The Dare County Control Group will continue meeting to determine reentry guidelines for the villages of Frisco and Hatteras. Updates will be distributed via the County’s emergency alert system. Sign up to receive alerts via text, voice and email at
www.darenc.com/alerts or visit darenc.com/reentry for additional reentry details.   

There is unrestricted access to areas north of Oregon Inlet. This includes Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo, Roanoke Island, Colington Island, Martin’s Point, and the Dare mainland. Visitors are asked to check with their accommodations provider before traveling to the area to ensure the availability of their rental property. 

Trash Collection and Storm Debris
Dare County trash collection resumed Monday, September 9. Not all areas are accessible for trash trucks, but every effort is being made to pick up trash.

Details have not been finalized for debris pickup, please continue piling storm related debris into 4 SEPARATE PILES onto the right-of-way at least 30 feet from fire hydrants. Visit www.darenc.com/hurricanedorian for information on how to separate debris and updates as details are finalized. 

Additional Tetanus Vaccine Clinics on Hatteras Island Thursday & Friday
Tetanus vaccinations will be available on Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Frisco Fire Department and from 1:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Avon Fire Department. Tetanus vaccinations will be available at the Fessenden Center in Buxton on Friday, September 13, 2019 from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. For more information, please call Dare County Department of Health & Human Services at 252.475.5003.

Dare County Schools
Due to flooding concerns resulting from today's storms, Cape Hatteras Elementary School and Cape Hatteras Secondary School will be closed for all students and staff on Tuesday, September 10. All other Dare County Schools will operate on a 2-hour delay on Tuesday, September 10. Should road conditions worsen overnight and the need to close schools arises, a decision will be made by 7:30 am on Tuesday.

National Park Service, Outer Banks Group 
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site will re-open to visitors at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 10.  All park areas will re-open except trails. Due to continued work on fallen tree and debris removal all trails will remain closed until further notice.

Wright Brothers National Memorial will re-open to visitors at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 10.  All park areas will be open to visitors, including Wright Brothers airstrip for visiting aircraft.  

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Visitor facilities and services north of Oregon Inlet will reopen on Tuesday, September 10 at 12:00 p.m. as follows:

  • Bodie Island Visitor Center will be open, which includes the Off Road Vehicle permit office
  • Bodie Island Lighthouse will be closed for climbing
  • Oregon Inlet Campground will be open for camping
  • Off Road Vehicle Ramps 2 & 4 will be open

Visitor facilities and areas south of Oregon Inlet will remain closed to the general public except for those persons allowed access under the Dare County reentry permit process Priority #3.  

Disaster Relief Information 
The Outer Banks Community Foundation is coordinating all monetary donations, which are the greatest help to those in need. All donations are tax-deductible and 100% of all donations will be used to directly assist individuals and families in need. Donations can be made online at www.obcf.org/disaster or www.obxdisaster.org.


Corolla Re-Entry Update:

Posted 09/08/19 at 11:42 PM

Areas north of Oregon Inlet will have unrestricted access beginning Sunday, September 8 at 4:00 p.m. This includes Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo, Roanoke Island, Colington Island, Martin's Point, and the Dare mainland.

COROLLA GUESTS will be allowed back on the island starting tomorrow morning (Monday, September 9) at 8:00 a.m.
THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE HATTERAS ISLAND. If you are renting a home located on Hatteras Island, we will let you know when you can come once reenty guidlenes have been established.

We are working hard to get homes ready for your arrival. We are still prepping homes, servicing pools and spas and un-securing furniture. Please bear with us as we do so.

Please note that there is still debris remaining in some areas and storm cleanup is still ongoing across the island. Please be patient as those of us that live here continue to restore our home to what it was before the hurricane hit.

Dangerous surf conditions remain. Beachgoers are asked to check ocean conditions before heading out at https://www.weather.gov/beach/mhx.
If you have any questions, please call us at 252-261-5500. Our phone lines are currently experiencing high call volume due to the storm so please be patient if you aren't able to get through immediately.


Dare County Bulletin #12:

Posted 09/08/19 at 6:00 AM

For areas south of Oregon Inlet (Hatteras Island), Priority Three reentry becomes effective on Sunday, September 8 at 12 noon. Priority Three includes non-resident property owners and employees of non-critical businesses. Non-resident property owners must have a valid reentry permit and matching current government-issued ID OR a current tax bill or parcel data sheet with matching current government-issued ID. Non-resident employees of non-critical businesses must have a valid reentry permit with matching current government-issued ID. The County’s online reentry permitting system and detailed information about the staged reentry process is available at www.darenc.com/reentry. Sand and water remain on many Hatteras Island roadways. Drive slowly and proceed with caution. 

Areas north of Oregon Inlet will have unrestricted access beginning Sunday, September 8 at 4:00 p.m. This includes Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo, Roanoke Island, Colington Island, Martin’s Point, and the Dare mainland.

Dangerous surf conditions remain. Beachgoers are asked to check ocean conditions before heading out at https://www.weather.gov/beach/mhx. 
The Dare County Control Group will continue meeting to determine when Priority Four reentry for Hatteras Island is safe for visitors. Visit
www.darenc.com for more information.

Dare County Bulletin #10:

Posted 09/07/19 at 9:30 AM

Dare County Bulletin #10: Priority Two Reentry for Areas North of Oregon Inlet (Permanent Residents and Critical Businesses) Begins Saturday at 12 noon; Access to Hatteras Island Remains Closed

The Dare County Control Group met this morning (Saturday) to receive updated information regarding initial assessments including road conditions and power restoration efforts. The following reentry guidelines have been established based on current conditions: 

Access to Hatteras Island remains closed until further notice. This includes all areas south of Oregon Inlet including the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras Village. NCDOT continues efforts to clear the roads of sand and water, and make repairs as necessary. A checkpoint has been established to restrict entry to Hatteras Island. 

For areas north of Oregon Inlet, priority two reentry begins Saturday, September 7 at 12 noon. Priority Two includes permanent residents and essential personnel for critical businesses. Permanent residents must present a valid NC driver’s license or government-issued ID with a local address in an area of the County north of Oregon Inlet. Essential personnel of critical businesses must present a priority two reentry permit with a matching government-issued id. 
  
Please proceed with caution due to standing water, tree limbs, and debris that are still on some roadways. Many traffic lights are still not operating. Watch for hazards, including loose or dangling power lines and report them to local law enforcement or power companies. Please respect crews along roadways that are working diligently to restore power and clear roadways. 

Restrictions on ocean swimming remain in place due to dangerous surf conditions and strong rip currents along the beaches. Everyone must stay out of the water as it is unsafe for even the most experienced swimmers.  

For detailed information about the staged reentry process and to apply for permits, visit
www.darenc.com/reentry.

The Dare County Control Group will continue to meet to assess conditions and implement reentry for additional priorities as conditions improve and power is restored. Updates will be distributed via the county’s emergency alert system. Sign up to receive alerts via text, voice and email at www.darenc.com/alerts or visit darenc.com for updated information. 

Dare County 
Disaster Assistance - Dare County wants to help those in need. Please contact the Department of Health and Human Services at 252.475.4196 if you or someone you know needs assistance. In areas of the county most impacted by the storm, relief workers will be in the field knocking on doors, but please reach out and let us know if you need assistance.   

Disaster Relief Information - The Outer Banks Community Foundation is coordinating all monetary donations, which are the greatest help to those in need. All donations are tax-deductible and 100% of all donations will be used to directly assist individuals and families in need. Donations can be made online at
www.obcf.org/disaster or www.obxdisaster.org.

Dare County Public Works - Details have not been finalized for debris pickup but as the recovery process begins, please begin piling storm related debris into 4 SEPARATE PILES onto the right-of-way:

Vegetative Debris (limbs, leaves, branches, sea grass, etc.) DO NOT BAG! 

Construction and Demolition Materials (building materials, concrete, shingles, etc.)

Metal (appliances)
Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics (oil, bleach toilet cleaner, televisions, computers, etc) 

All commercial haulers must use the Transfer Stations to dispose of all debris, including storm related, and pay applicable tipping fees. 

Damage Assessments - Damage assessment teams are working throughout the county and initial damage estimates will be available once information is collected and collected.

National Park Service, Outer Banks Group
Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and the Wright Brothers National Memorial remain closed to all public use. All trails are closed. Do not use any park trails until they can be cleared of all downed trees. Additional resources from the National Park Service begin to arrive today to aid in damage assessments and mitigating immediate risks to life safety.

Town of Duck 
A town-wide damage assessment has not yet been completed but, in general, the damage seems to be minor. Structural damage appears to be limited to minor siding, roof, and fence damage. Town of Duck teams will be out Saturday completing a full damage assessment. The storm caused localized power outages. Check with Dominion power for updates on power restoration. There is some standing water on NC 12 and it is passable. Side roads also have areas of standing water and vegetative debris, so please drive slowly and with caution. Overall, beach erosion is minor with some escarpments north of the pier.  Little to no soundside impacts have been identified at this time. On the Duck Trail and in the Duck Town Park please be alert for downed limbs and other debris.  Crews will begin cleanup of these areas over the weekend.

Town of Southern Southern Shores
Town streets have been cleared for access. Over the next few days, town staff will be assessing the amount of debris generated by the storm and will provide debris removal information as soon as possible. Town Staff will also be assessing damage to homes and other structures.

Town of Kill Devil Hills
Traffic signals remain inoperable in parts of Kill Devil Hills. Please drive slowly and obey the traffic cones. 

Town of Nags Head
Traffic signals remain inoperable in parts of Nags Head. Please drive slowly and obey the traffic cones. Please place brush out by the road in front of your home and the Town will collect it in 3-5 days. Please do not place any other trash in your brush pile.


Message From Seaside Vacations: 

Posted 09/06/19 at 4:34 PM

Here is the latest update via Dare County Emergency Management:

The mandatory evacuation for Dare County remains in place due to hazardous conditions, including downed power lines and trees, impassable roadways and widespread power outages. Access into Dare County will remain restricted until preliminary assessments are completed to determine that conditions are safe. The Dare County Control Group will meet Saturday morning to review assessments and determine reentry procedures. A staged reentry process will be used to facilitate a safe and orderly return.

Once the restrictions have been lifted, homes have been assessed and re-entry guidelines have been established by the county - we will notify you by email. Until then, please wait to make any travel plans to the area.

In the meantime please follow this blog and our Facebook page for updated information.

Best Regards,
Seaside Vacations

Storm Conditions in Buxton:

Posted 09/06/19 at 2:28 PM

Facebook users share photos of current conditions in Buxton, NC on Hatteras Island.


Avalon Pier Damaged by Dorian:

Posted 09/06/19 at 2:05 PM:



damage to avalon pier

*Photo Credit: Joey Russell

damage to avalon pier
*Photo Credit: Joey Russell

Storm Conditions in Ocracoke Continue to Worsen:

Outer Banks Voice released an article announcing that there are plans to evacuate those still in Ocracoke by air sometime this afternoon.

Posted 09/06/19 at 1:13 PM


Downtown Manteo Also Flooding:

Posted 09/06/19 at 12:00 PM

Wes Snyder Photography shared these photos of downtown Manteo under water taken from a local resident.


Dare County Extends Curfew:

Posted 09/06/19 12:00 PM

Dare County Bulletin #8:
 The Dare County Control Group has extended the curfew until 3:00 p.m. Friday for all areas of Dare County except Kitty Hawk and Nags Head. 

As forecasted, life-threatening conditions are impacting the area including extreme soundside flooding. STAY INDOORS, SHELTER IN PLACE. Emergency responders will be unable to respond to calls for assistance when conditions put their safety at risk.
   
All of Hatteras Island is without power.

Message from Seaside Vacations:

Posted 09/06/19 10:30 AM

The Outer Banks currently continues to be under a mandatory evacuation for visitors and residents. At this time we don’t know how that will impact your stay. We will notify you as soon as more information is available. The evacuation order will be lifted sometime after the storm passes and local officials have had an opportunity to assess damages and make necessary repairs. There is currently no definite timeline for that yet.
 
We encourage all guests scheduled to arrive this weekend to stay in place and do not begin travel to the Outer Banks until we have notified you that the evacuation order has been lifted.
 
If you have any questions, please call us at 252-261-5500. Our phone lines are currently experiencing high call volume due to the storm so please be patient if you aren't able to get through immediately.
 
In the meantime please follow our blog here and our Facebook page for updated information. 
 
Warm Regards,
Seaside Vacations

Storm Conditions in Ocracoke:

Posted 09/06/19 at 9:53 AM


Current Weather Forecast:

Posted 09/06/19 at 5:00 AM

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center provides a 5am update on Hurricane Dorian as it heads for North Carolina. Director Ken Graham will be providing a live update on Facebook around 8:30 AM so tune in here for the opportunity to ask questions and see where Dorian is headed.


Dare County Issues Curfews - Time for Evacuation Has Passed:

Posted 09/05/19 at 7:00 PM


Dare County Bulletin #6: The time to safely evacuate has passed and Emergency Management is advising those in Dare County to shelter in place until the storm passes. Conditions will deteriorate overnight and remain hazardous through Friday afternoon. 

Curfews for all areas of Dare County, except for the Town of Kitty Hawk, will begin at 8:00 p.m. until noon on Friday. This curfew may be extended based on conditions.

Access to Dare County will be restricted at 8:00 p.m. with law enforcement stationed at checkpoints. 

According to the National Weather Service:

Storm surge from ocean and soundside flooding is estimated at four to seven feet above the ground, not including wave action. Ocean flooding will increase tonight and continue through Friday night. Soundside flooding is forecasted to begin late Friday morning through Friday afternoon, as the storm passes and winds shift direction.     

Winds are forecasted to reach 70 to 95 mph with gusts to 110 mph. Winds will increase overnight and are forecasted to reach hurricane force early Friday morning and remain in areas of the county through midday Friday.

Rainfall of 6 to 12 inches is forecasted through Friday afternoon with locally higher amounts possible.

Tornadoes are possible as Hurricane Dorian approaches, mainly this evening. 

Monitor updated local weather forecasts, watches and warnings from the National Weather Service at
www.weather.gov/mhx.

Visit www.darenc.com/hurricanedorian for updated information from Dare County, the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head and Manteo, and the National Park Service, Outer Banks Group.

Outer Banks Current Conditions:

Posted 09/05/19 at 2:00 PM

Dare County Bulletin #5:

Posted 09/05/19 at 10:00AM

Dare County Bulletin #5: The window of opportunity for evacuation is closing. Dare County Emergency Management strongly warns everyone to evacuate immediately to ensure the safety of you and your family. 

North Carolina Emergency Management has opened shelters in other areas of the state, including pet-friendly locations. For updated shelter information, visit
https://www.ncdps.gov/storm-shelters. There are no emergency shelters in Dare County. 

Storm surge from ocean and soundside flooding is now estimated at four to seven feet above the ground, not including wave action. According to the National Weather Service, there will be periods of rapid water rise from the soundside as the storm passes, possibly into Friday evening. 

There will be no access into Dare County beginning 8:00 p.m. on Thursday.  

Curfews have been established for all areas of Dare County except the Town of Kitty Hawk beginning at 8:00 p.m. Thursday through noon on Friday. This curfew may be extended based on conditions. No curfews have been established for the Town of Kitty Hawk. 

Hurricane Dorian will bring life-threatening impacts to Dare County.  Extreme ocean and soundside flooding, heavy rain and hurricane force winds are forecasted.  Roads will become unsafe for travel and some areas will become inaccessible. Highway 12 on Hatteras Island is especially vulnerable to flooding and will likely become compromised and impassable. 

Power outages are likely for an extended period of time. To view storm surge estimates for your particular area, visit the National Hurricane Center’s storm inundation map
http://bit.ly/StormSurgeOBX. Rainfall totals are estimated at eight to ten inches with up to 15 locally in some areas. In addition, winds are expected to reach hurricane force at the height of the storm.  

Dare County remains under a Hurricane Warning and a  Storm Surge Warning. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect through 8:00 p.m. Friday. A Tornado Watch is in effect through 7:00 p.m. Thursday. Monitor updated local weather forecasts, watches and warnings from the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/mhx

The ban on ocean swimming remains in place until further notice. Stay out of the water as it is unsafe for even the most experienced swimmers.  

The next update from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued when necessary to provide critical, storm-related information. Visit
www.darenc.com/hurricanedorian for updated information from Dare County, the towns of Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head and Manteo, and the National Park Service, Outer Banks Group.

Subscribe to receive emergency alerts via text, email or phone from Dare County Emergency Management at
www.DareNC.com/alerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter. 

Current Weather Forecast:

Posted 09/05/19 8:21 AM


Hurricane Dorian Increases Strength to Category 3:

Posted 09/05/19 8:03 AM



Dare County Bulletin #4:

Posted 09/04/19 at 6:00 PM

Dare County Bulletin #4: Dare County remains under a Hurricane Warning and a Storm Surge Warning. A Flash Flood Watch will be in effect from 8:00 a.m. Thursday through 8:00 p.m. Friday. The current forecast brings storm force winds to the area beginning late Thursday. Residents and visitors who have not evacuated are strongly advised to make final preparations and leave before conditions deteriorate.  

Hurricane Dorian is forecasted to bring life-threatening impacts including flooding, heavy rain and strong winds. Storm surge from ocean and soundside flooding is currently estimated at three to six feet above the ground, not including wave action. To view storm surge estimates for your particular area, visit the National Hurricane Center’s storm inundation map
http://bit.ly/StormSurgeOBX. Rainfall totals are estimated at eight to ten inches with up to 15 inches in some areas. In addition, winds are expected to reach hurricane force at the height of the storm.

As stressed earlier, roads are expected to become impassable as the storm moves through late Thursday into Friday. Highway 12 on Hatteras Island is especially vulnerable to flooding and will likely become compromised and impassable as conditions worsen.

The implementation of curfews and any additional prohibitions and restrictions will be announced Thursday following updates from the National Weather Service.  

North Carolina Emergency Management has opened shelters in other areas of the state, including pet-friendly locations. For updated shelter information, visit
https://www.ncdps.gov/storm-shelters. There are no emergency shelters in Dare County. 

The ban on ocean swimming will remain in place until the storm has passed. Stay out of the water as it is unsafe for even the most experienced swimmers.  

All Dare County and town offices will be closed Thursday, September 5 and Friday, September 6. There will be no trash collection in any areas of the county on Thursday and Friday. Secure garbage and recycling cans at your home and business in addition to all other outdoor equipment, furniture, gas tanks and grills. 

Monitor updated local weather forecasts from the National Weather Service at
www.weather.gov/mhx.

The next update from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued when necessary to provide critical, storm-related information. Visit www.darenc.com/hurricanedorian for updated information from Dare County, the towns of Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head and Manteo, and the National Park Service, Outer Banks Group.

Subscribe to receive emergency alerts via text, email or phone from Dare County Emergency Management at
www.DareNC.com/alerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter. Visit www.darenc.com/hurricanedorian for updated information from Dare County, the towns of Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head and Manteo, and the National Park Service, Outer Banks Group.

Subscribe to receive emergency alerts via text, email or phone from Dare County Emergency Management at
www.DareNC.com/alerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter. 


Outer Banks Current Conditions:

Posted 09/04/2019 at 1:00 PM:

Dare County Bulletin #3:

Posted 09/04/2019 at 12:15 PM:

Dare County Bulletin #3: Dare County is now under a Hurricane Warning and a Storm Surge Warning. Hurricane Dorian is a dangerous and serious threat for all of Dare County. The mandatory evacuation order remains in effect for all visitors and residents. Emergency Management strongly urges everyone to heed the warning and evacuate today. Those who do not evacuate should be prepared to sustain themselves for at least 72 hours. Emergency personnel will not be able to respond to calls for help during the flooding and high winds that are expected during this storm. 

The risk of life-threatening storm surge, ocean overwash, soundside flooding, heavy rainfall and high winds will make roadways impassable, possibly for days or longer. Highway 12 on Hatteras Island is especially vulnerable to flooding and will likely become compromised and impassable as conditions deteriorate.  

The Dare County Control Group met this morning and determined that curfews will be needed to ensure public safety. Exact timing for implementation of curfews and any additional prohibitions and restrictions will be made after considering updates from the National Weather Service later today and Thursday.  

North Carolina Emergency Management has opened shelters in other areas of the state, including locations that are pet-friendly. For updated shelter information, visit
https://www.ncdps.gov/storm-shelters. There are no emergency shelters in Dare County. 

The ban on ocean swimming will remain in place until the storm has passed. Stay out of the water as it is unsafe for even the most experienced swimmers.  

Dare County 
Dare County offices close at 12:00 p.m. today.  

Garbage collection is cancelled until further notice.  

All Criminal, Civil and Magistrates Court scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday have been cancelled. New court dates will be scheduled and notifications sent out on or after Monday, September 9. To view your new court date and sign up for alerts you can check the web at https://www.nccourts.gov/court-dates after Monday September 9.

The Dare County Libraries in Hatteras, Manteo and Kill Devil Hills will close at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday and will remain closed until further notice. Please note that no overdue fines will be charged on any materials for days the libraries are closed. If we have requested materials waiting for customer pick up, we will continue to hold them for the first three business days after we reopen.

Please do not use the book drops outside the Dare County Libraries, or at Southern Shores Town Hall, Nags Head Town Hall, Fessenden Center in Buxton or Rodanthe. During a storm, wind-driven rain can damage library books and other materials placed inside a book drop.

Town of Manteo 
Manteo Town Hall will be closing at noon on Wednesday, September 4th, in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian. Rest assured that Town staff will be working diligently behind the scenes to prepare for this storm event and to provide essential services. 

The regular meeting of the Town of Manteo Board of Commissioners scheduled for September 4 has been postponed until further notice due to Hurricane Dorian. A new date for the meeting will be published on the Town website and social media after the emergency weather situation has passed.

In anticipation of Hurricane Dorian and closure of the waste transfer station, the Town of Manteo is canceling sanitation service on Thursday, September 5. The Town expects to resume sanitation service on Monday, September 9, unless storm impacts are significant.

The Farmers Market in downtown Manteo has been canceled on Saturday, September 7 due to anticipated impacts from Hurricane Dorian. The Farmers Market is expected to return on September 14.  

Town of Nags Head
Nags Head offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, September 5 and 6.  Essential services such as police and fire protection will continue to be provided until conditions put the safety of first responders at risk.

Trash and recycling carts on Nags Head's blue sanitation route will be emptied today, Wednesday, September 4 instead of on Friday, September 6. Please do not set your trash or recycling carts out to be emptied anytime after the Wednesday collection as they could float or blow into the street or highway. 

The Town asks that homeowners and business owners takes steps to secure all outdoor equipment and/or furniture, including gas tanks and propane grills. 

Kill Devil Hills
The Town of Kill Devil Hills offices will close at 5:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, September 4. Offices will remain closed through Friday, September 6.

Upon completion of today’s adjusted refuse collection, of the East-side of US 158, all refuse collections will be suspended. Please do not roll out any refuse containers after today’s collection. Secure all refuse containers on your property.  Be sure to tie down or bring inside any unsecured lawn items.  

The Recycle Center and Dry Trash Drop will close at 4:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, September 4 and will remain closed through Friday, September 6.

Please heed the warnings from local officials and take precautions to ensure your safety and the protection of your property.  

Town of Kitty Hawk
The Town of Kitty Hawk is still under a State of Emergency and continues to prepare for Hurricane Dorian. All visitors and residents are encouraged to heed the mandatory evacuation orders in place. Please be reminded that Emergency Personnel will not be able to respond when conditions worsen. Currently there are no entry/exit restrictions in or out of the Town. 

There will be no trash collection until further notice. Roll in your trash cans and make sure they are secured along with other loose items. Please do not leave your trash can in the right-of-way. 

Town offices are closed until further notice. Town parks and Kitty Hawk Bath House will close this afternoon.  

The Kitty Hawk Town Council Meeting scheduled for Monday, September 9 has been rescheduled for Monday, September 16 at 6:00 p.m. 

The Town encourages you to take every measure to ensure the safety of your property, loved ones and pets.

Town of Southern Shores
The Town of Southern Shores is open for business as usual today until 5:00 p.m., September 4. 

Town Hall will be closed beginning Thursday, September 5.

There will be no trash collection on Friday, September 6.Residents and businesses are encouraged to secure their cans and dumpsters.

Town of Duck
The Town of Duck declared a state of emergency on September 3.

Please secure all outdoor items including trash and recycling cans, grills, lawn ornaments, and outdoor furniture.

There will be NO trash collection on Friday, September 6.  Collection is expected to resume Monday, September 9.

Visitors should take all belongings with them as there is no way to know when reentry will occur.

The Town office will close today, September 4 at 12:00 p.m. The office will be closed Thursday, September 5 and Friday, September 6.

Agenda items planned for the September 4 Town Council meeting will be moved to the scheduled October 2 meeting.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore
All visitor centers, facilities and off-road vehicle ramps and routes remain closed until further notice. Visitor services and facilities will reopen post-storm after assessments are completed.

Additional Information

For updated information from Dare County Emergency Management, the towns and the National Park Service, visit
www.darenc.com/hurricanedorian

Subscribe to receive emergency alerts via text, email or phone directly from Dare County Emergency Management at www.DareNC.com/alerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

Monitor updated local weather forecasts from the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/mhx.

The next update from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued on Wednesday, September 4 no later than 6:00 p.m.

Dare County Issues Hurricane Warning:

Posted 09/04/19 at 11:17 AM:

A Hurricane Warning means hurricane-force winds are expected
somewhere within this area within the next 36 hours

A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening
inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline,
somewhere within this area within the next 36 hours

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED
- Kitty Hawk
- Nags Head
- Manteo

* WIND
- LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Equivalent Cat 1 Hurricane force wind
- Peak Wind Forecast: 70-90 mph with gusts to 115 mph
- Window for Tropical Storm force winds: early Friday morning
until early Saturday morning
- Window for Hurricane force winds: Friday morning until
Friday afternoon

- POTENTIAL THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Potential for wind 74 to
110 mph
- The wind threat has increased from the previous assessment.
- PLAN: Plan for life-threatening wind of equivalent CAT 1 or
2 hurricane force due to possible forecast changes in
track, size, or intensity.
- PREPARE: Efforts to protect life and property should now be
rigorously underway. Prepare for considerable wind damage.
- ACT: Act now to complete preparations before the wind
becomes hazardous.

- POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Extensive
- Considerable roof damage to sturdy buildings, with some
having window, door, and garage door failures leading to
structural damage. Mobile homes severely damaged, with some
destroyed. Damage accentuated by airborne projectiles.
Locations may be uninhabitable for weeks.
- Many large trees snapped or uprooted along with fences and
roadway signs blown over.
- Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within
urban or heavily wooded places. Several bridges, causeways,
and access routes impassable.
- Large areas with power and communications outages.

* STORM SURGE
- LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Life-threatening storm surge possible
- Peak Storm Surge Inundation: The potential for 3-5 feet
above ground somewhere within surge prone areas
- Window of concern: Begins early Thursday afternoon

- POTENTIAL THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Potential for storm
surge flooding greater than 3 feet above ground
- The storm surge threat has remained nearly steady from the
previous assessment.
- PLAN: Plan for life-threatening storm surge flooding of
greater than 3 feet above ground.
- PREPARE: Evacuation efforts and flood preparations should
soon be brought to completion before conditions become
unsafe.
- ACT: Leave immediately if evacuation orders are given for
your area to avoid being cut off from emergency services or
needlessly risk lives.

- POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant
- Areas of inundation with storm surge flooding accentuated
by waves. Damage to several buildings, mainly near the
coast.
- Sections of near-shore escape routes and secondary roads
become weakened or washed out, especially in usually
vulnerable low spots.
- Major beach erosion with heavy surf breaching dunes. Strong
and numerous rip currents.
- Moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers.
Several small craft broken away from moorings, especially
in unprotected anchorages.

* FLOODING RAIN
- LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Flash Flood Watch is in effect
- Peak Rainfall Amounts: 6-10 inches, with locally higher
amounts

- POTENTIAL THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Potential for major
flooding rain
- The flooding rain threat has remained nearly steady from
the previous assessment.
- PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for
major flooding from heavy rain. Evacuations and rescues are
likely.
- PREPARE: Strongly consider protective actions, especially
if you are in an area vulnerable to flooding.
- ACT: Heed any flood watches and warnings. Failure to take
action will likely result in serious injury or loss of life.

- POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Extensive
- Major rainfall flooding may prompt many evacuations and
rescues.
- Rivers and tributaries may rapidly overflow their banks in
multiple places. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches
may become dangerous rivers. Flood control systems and
barriers may become stressed.
- Flood waters can enter many structures within multiple
communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or
washed away. Many places where flood waters may cover
escape routes. Streets and parking lots become rivers of
moving water with underpasses submerged. Driving conditions
become dangerous. Many road and bridge closures with some
weakened or washed out.

* TORNADO
- LATEST LOCAL FORECAST:
- Situation is somewhat favorable for tornadoes

- POTENTIAL THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Potential for a few
tornadoes
- The tornado threat has remained nearly steady from the
previous assessment.
- PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for a
few tornadoes.
- PREPARE: If your shelter is particularly vulnerable to
tornadoes, prepare to relocate to safe shelter before
hazardous weather arrives.
- ACT: If a tornado warning is issued, be ready to shelter
quickly.

- POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited
- The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the
execution of emergency plans during tropical events.
- A few places may experience tornado damage, along with
power and communications disruptions.
- Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings,
chimneys toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or
overturned, large tree tops and branches snapped off,
shallow-rooted trees knocked over, moving vehicles blown
off roads, and small boats pulled from moorings.

* FOR MORE INFORMATION:
- http://ready.gov/hurricanes

TARGET AREA: Northern Outer Banks

Current Weather Forecast:

Posted 09/04/2019 at 8:22 AM

Corolla Wild Horses Fully Prepared to Ride Out Storm:

Posted 09/03/2019 5:14 PM

Outer Banks Current Conditions:

Posted 09/03/2019 5:09 PM


Dare County Update - Hurricane Watch in Effect:

Posted 09/03/2019 4:00 PM

Dare County Bulletin #2: Dare County is under a Hurricane Watch and all areas of the County remain under a State of Emergency with mandatory evacuation orders in effect.

Visitors who have not yet evacuated should make final preparations and leave prior to sunset today.  

A mandatory evacuation order for residents goes into effect at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, September 4). 

Confidence continues to increase that serious, life-threatening impacts from Hurricane Dorian will reach the area later this week. The time to make final preparations and evacuate is now. 

The State of North Carolina will be opening shelters and locations will be available at readync.org or the ReadyNC app.

There is currently unrestricted access to Dare County and there will be no restrictions through Wednesday to allow final preparations to be made. 

As the storm approaches, high winds, flooding from storm surge and heavy rainfall may lead to unsafe road conditions and closures. Emergency responders will be unable to respond to calls for assistance when conditions put their safety at risk.   

Restrictions on ocean swimming are in place due to dangerous surf conditions and strong rip currents along the beaches. Everyone must stay out of the water as it is unsafe for even the most experienced swimmers.

Evacuation Transportation Available for Those without Access to Vehicles

Transportation is available on Wednesday, September 4 to a shelter in Rocky Mount, NC for Dare County residents who do not have access to transportation.  Individuals evacuating on the buses need to bring clothing and medications for seven days.

Shelters are available for dogs and cats. Owners can transport these pets on the buses. Pets are required to be in kennels. Owners need to bring their pet’s vaccination records with them. The details are as follows:

Hatteras Island
  • Bus will be at Cape Hatteras Elementary School from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • The bus will leave at 12:30 p.m. 
  • Transportation to Cape Hatteras Elementary School is available from Dare County Transportation System until 9:30 a.m.
Roanoke Island & Northern Beaches
  • A bus will be at the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau located at One Visitors Center Circle in Manteo off Highway 64 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • The bus will leave at 2:00 p.m.
  • Transportation to the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau is available from Dare County Transportation System until 12:00 p.m.
Contact the Dare County Transportation System at 252.475.5640 to arrange transportation to departure points. Staff is available on Tuesday until 9:00 p.m. and will be available beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 4. 

Dare County 

Dare County offices will close at 12:00 p.m. on  Wednesday, September 3. 

Commercial trash collection will be on the regular schedule for Wednesday, September 4.

There will be no collection after Wednesday until the storm has passed. 

Residents and businesses are encouraged to secure their cans and dumpsters.

Town of Manteo 

The regular meeting of the Town of Manteo Board of Commissioners scheduled for September 4 has been postponed until further notice due to Hurricane Dorian. A new date for the meeting will be published on the Town website and social media after the emergency weather situation has passed. 

Town of Nags Head

Nags Head's Board of Commissioners meeting, originally scheduled for Wednesday, September 4 will be postponed to Monday, September 16 at 9 a.m.

Trash and recycling carts on Nags Head's blue sanitation route will be emptied tomorrow, Wednesday, September 4 instead of on Friday, September 6. Please do not set your trash or recycling carts out to be emptied anytime after the Wednesday collection as they could float or blow into the street or highway. 

The Town asks that homeowners and business owners takes steps to secure all outdoor equipment and/or furniture, including gas tanks and propane grills. 

Kill Devil Hills

The Town of Kill Devil Hills is open for business as usual today, September 3. The Town Hall will open at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow, September 4. 

Regular refuse collections West of US 158 will continue through today, Tuesday, September 3. An adjusted refuse collection East of US 158 will be made Wednesday, September 4. Due to the impending effects of Hurricane Dorian, all refuse collections following Wednesday’s adjusted East-side collection will be postponed until the beginning of the week of Monday, September 9. 

The Recycle Center and Dry Trash Drop will operate on a normal schedule, closing at 4:00 p.m., today, Tuesday, September 3. The Centers will re-open at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, September 4. 

Also in preparation of the upcoming storm, please make sure all refuse containers are secure, once the collections have been made. Be sure to tie down or bring in any unsecured lawn items. 

Town of Kitty Hawk

The Town of Kitty Hawk has declared a State of Emergency and has begun to prepare for Hurricane Dorian. All visitors and residents are encouraged to heed the mandatory evacuation orders in place. Please be reminded that Emergency Personnel will not be able to respond when conditions worsen.

Commercial Trash Collection will take place as scheduled on Wednesday, September 4. There will be NO residential trash collection in Kitty Hawk on Thursday, September 5 and no further trash collection until weather permits. Please roll in your trash cans and make sure they are secured along with other loose items. Please do not leave your trash can in the right-of-way.

Town offices will be closed beginning Wednesday, September 4.

The Recycle Center is now closed and will remain closed for the remainder of the week. Windgrass Circle Park, Sandy Run Park and the Kitty Hawk Bath House will close the afternoon, Wednesday, September 4 until further notice. 

The Kitty Hawk Town Council Meeting scheduled for Monday, September 9 has been rescheduled for Monday, September 16 at 6:00 pm. 

The Town encourages you to take every measure to ensure the safety of your property, loved ones and pet

Town of Southern Shores


Recycling will be collected as scheduled in Southern Shores on Wednesday, September 4.

Town of Duck

All events cancelled this week.

The Town Council Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 4 is postponed until further notice.

No trash collection Friday, September 6. Collection is expected to resume Monday, September 9.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial suspended all visitor services beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, September 3. According to current forecasts, it is likely that Hurricane Dorian will impact the parks in the coming days.

Additionally:
  • All visitor centers and facilities closed on September 2 and remain closed until further notice.
  • All Off-Road Vehicle Ramps and Routes closed at 9 p.m. on September 2.
  • September 2 was the last night for camping in Oregon Inlet, Cape Point, Frisco and Ocracoke Campgrounds.
Visitor services and facilities will reopen post-storm after assessments are completed.

Additional Information

Subscribe to receive emergency alerts via text, email or phone directly from Dare County Emergency Management at www.DareNC.com/alerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

Monitor updated local weather forecasts from the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/mhx.

The next update from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued on Wednesday, September 4 no later than 12:00 p.m.

Current Weather Forecast:

Posted 09/03/2019 at 2:22 PM

Currituck County Issues Mandatory Evacuation:

Posted 09/03/2019 11:00 AM


Due to the forecasted track of Hurricane Dorian, Currituck County is declaring a State of Emergency effective at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019.

Under this State of Emergency, Currituck County is issuing a mandatory evacuation of the Outer Banks communities of Corolla and Carova to begin on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.

Anyone who may need Evacuation Assistance may call Currituck Emergency Management at 252-232-2115.

All residents and property owners in Currituck County should make preparations today for the impending arrival of Hurricane Dorian. The National Hurricane Center predicts that tropical storm force winds will reach Currituck in the afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 5. Local rainfall could be up to 15” depending on the final path of the storm, with 2’-3’ of storm surge. Residents should be aware of possible flooding throughout the community.

At this time, all Currituck County Government offices remain open on a normal schedule. The Clerk of Superior Court announced that Criminal Court scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019 has been cancelled.

Vacationers planning to visit Currituck County this weekend should check with their property manager or rental companies to see if access to the Outer Banks will be available. Visitors will not be allowed into the Outer Banks during the evacuation.

Citizens with additional questions may call 252-232-2115 for local information. Currituck County will also post regular updates on: Facebook & Twitter.

Chesapeake Expressway Suspends Northbound Tolls:

Posted 09/03/2019 at 9:00 AM

Responding to the mandatory evacuation order for the North Carolina Outer Banks, the City of Chesapeake will suspend tolling Northbound (only) on the Route 168 Chesapeake Expressway, effective at noon on Tuesday, September 3. Tolls will remain suspended until further notice. The Route 168 Chesapeake Expressway connects to NC 168, which is a Primary evacuation route for the Outer Banks.

Current Weather Forecast:

Posted 09/03/2019 at 8:00 AM


Dare County Issues Mandatory Evacuation:

Posted 09/02/2019 at 3:00 PM

Dare County Bulletin #1: The Dare County Control Group met Monday afternoon to receive a briefing from the National Weather Service and to discuss actions necessary to ensure public safety across Dare County.  With confidence increasing that Dare County will see significant, life threatening impacts from Hurricane Dorian later this week, a state of emergency has been issued for all areas of Dare County including the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head,  Manteo and all unincorporated areas including Hatteras Island, Roanoke Island and the Dare mainland.

A mandatory evacuation has been issued for all Dare County visitors beginning Tuesday, September 3 at 12:00 p.m. A mandatory evacuation order for all Dare County residents becomes effective at 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 4.

Now is the time to make final preparations, secure property and evacuate. Visitors should evacuate with all personal belongings and follow instructions from their property management company.

The state of emergency includes restrictions on ocean swimming due to dangerous surf conditions and strong rip currents along the beaches. Everyone must stay out of the water as it is unsafe for even the most experienced swimmers.
 
Those evacuating to areas north of Dare County are encouraged to travel westbound on Highway 64 to Interstate 95. Evacuating through the rural areas to the west of Dare County will help avoid traffic backups and congestion that may prolong evacuation by traveling northbound through the Hampton Roads portion of Virginia.

For preparedness tips and information, visit 
www.readync.org.

Please note that Dare County’s new online reentry permitting system is now in effect and reentry permits from previous years are no longer valid. Permanent residents may still use a valid driver’s license with a Dare County address for reentry. A current tax bill or parcel data sheet with matching current government issued ID will also suffice. To review guidelines or apply for a permit, visit 
www.darenc.com/reentry.

Subscribe to receive emergency alerts via text, email or phone directly from Dare County Emergency Management at 
www.DareNC.com/alerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

Monitor updated local weather forecasts from the National Weather Service at 
www.weather.gov/mhx.

If you or someone you know has special medical needs and may need assistance during an emergency, please call the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services, Social Services Division at 252.475.5500 to register for the Special Medical Needs registry. Offices will open at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3. For more information, visit 
www.darenc.com/specialmedicalneeds.

The next update from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued on Tuesday, September 3 no later than 4:00 p.m. 

Hyde County Issues Mandatory Evacuation:

Posted 09/02/2019 at 3:00 PM
Hyde County Press Release #3: The Hyde County Board of Commissioners have ordered a mandatory evacuation of all visitors from Ocracoke Island in advance of Hurricane Dorian that will go into effect on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 5:00 am. A mandatory evacuation of Ocracoke residents will go into effect on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 5:00 am. The Hyde County Mainland Deputy Control Group will meet tomorrow, September 3, 2019 at 10:00 am to discuss the forecast and any additional emergency protective measures necessitated by the weather conditions. 

Due to the current forecast of Hurricane Dorian, the Hyde County Board of Commissioners meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm will be postponed. We will announce the rescheduled date as soon as it becomes available.

Only residents, homeowners, or vendors with an Ocracoke re-entry pass on their vehicles will be allowed on ferries inbound to Ocracoke beginning at 5:00 am on September 3, 2019. Priority boarding will be suspended for all vessels leaving Ocracoke, and tolls have been waived for ferries heading from Ocracoke to Cedar Island or Swan Quarter.

The Ocracoke-Hatteras, Ocracoke-Cedar Island, and Ocracoke-Swan Quarter ferry routes will run their published schedules. The final departure from Ocracoke to Swan Quarter will be September 4 at 3:45 pm, the final departure from Ocracoke to Cedar Island will be September 4 at 1:00 pm, and the final departure from Ocracoke to Hatteras will be September 4 at 2:00 pm. The Ocracoke Express passenger ferry will end service for the 2019 season at the end of the day today. 

Cape Hatteras National Seashore visitor services will be suspended tomorrow, September 3, 2019 at 10:00 am on Ocracoke Island for the duration of the weather event. This includes the Ocracoke campground, visitor center, ranger programs and off-road vehicle permit sales office.

The National Hurricane Center has initiated probabilistic surge mapping and low lying areas of Hyde County, including Ocracoke Island, could start receiving storm surge of greater than one (1) foot above the ground within the next three (3) days. Locally higher amounts of greater than three (3) feet above the ground are forecast for areas surrounding the Pungo River and Lake Mattamuskeet. This is well ahead of the Dorian's arrival, which is projected to occur on Thursday into Friday, and these values will only increase over the coming days.

In addition, the Weather Prediction Center has forecast six to ten (6-10) inches of precipitation to accumulate across Hyde County, including Ocracoke Island, over the next seven (7) days. 

A high risk of dangerous rip currents will exist for the remainder of this event and will persist throughout this week and swells from Dorian will continue to build as it tracks towards North Carolina.

The combination of higher than normal tides, storm surge, and building surf conditions significantly threaten the transportation routes that serve Ocracoke Island.  The dunes that protect Highway 12 on Ocracoke are already being weakened during high tide cycles and it is possible that dune over wash precedes the peak weather conditions.  When evaluating your evacuation plans, this needs to be taken into consideration.

The Hyde County Emergency Services Department will continue to monitor the forecast for Hurricane Dorian and issue advisories as appropriate.  For the most current and official information please monitor the National Hurricane Center website at https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.

 

VISITOR RESOURCES


Watch Live With Avalon Pier's PierCam:

The Avalon Fishing Pier in Kill Devil Hills has a live webcam that will be running for as long as possible and is available online for anyone who wants to check in on the current conditions. Click here to access the Avalon PierCam.

Before You Check-Out:

If you are able to assist in the preparation of the home you are staying in, we would certainly appreciate your help.
  • Secure all doors and windows (close all interior doors).
  • Close all blinds.
  • All lights shut off
  • Set thermostats to 78 degrees cool
  • Empty and turn off all icemakers (under counter and in fridge).
  • Secure all deck furniture to decks with rope or bring inside. (Picnic tables to be turned upside down and secured.)
  • Bring all trash cans under cottage and secure in outdoor shower or tie to post.
  • Turn off propane tanks to fireplaces, BBQ grills, etc.
  • Secure BBQ grills to deck post or put in screened in porch. Tie grill lid shut.
  • Secure hot tub covers (use new straps if needed).
  • Lock entry door behind you and secure screen door latch.
Once you have packed and secured the home, simply enter the departure code into the keyless lock '123456*' so we know you are safely on your way home and we can complete the hurricane preparations. Please understand Hurricane Dorian is a dangerous storm. For your safety, you are not permitted to stay for any reason.

To File An Insurance Claim:

If you purchased Travel Insurance you can file a claim by visiting the Red Sky Travel Insurance website at https://trippreserverclaims.com/claims/specialevent.

The Sun Trip Preserver travel insurance policy Mandatory Evacuation is as follows: m. mandatory evacuation ordered by local government authorities at Your Trip destination due to a Natural Disaster or a hurricane named after your Effective Date of Your coverage. You must have 4 days or 50% or less of Your Trip length remaining at the time the mandatory evacuation ends in order to cancel or interrupt Your Trip and for this benefit to be payable. We will only pay benefits for losses occurring within 30 calendar days after the mandatory evacuation;

If you have any questions in completing your Trip Interruption please call 1-866-889-7409.

Visitor Re-Entry:

Re-entry for Dare (Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Roanoke Island, Hatteras Island & Dare Mainland), Currituck (Corolla + Carova), & Hyde (Ocracoke) Counties after the storm has passed will be issued in stages. Essential personnel will first be allowed back in these areas (with proper identification and permit) followed by permanent residents/critical business personnel and then non-resident property owners/non-critical business personnel. Non-residents/visitors/general public are the last to be allowed back in once county officials have determined that it is safe to resume business as normal.

Delays to re-entry for visitors could be due to several factors including: flooding, damage to roadways/infrastructure, obstruction on roadways, no electricity, polluted water, property damage, etc.

Do not try to enter the above areas prior to evacuation restrictions being lifted for visitors. Police are stationed at each entry point to manage the re-entry process and you will be turned away.

Visitors are encouraged to check with their property management company for updates on returning. Just because the evacuation restrictions have been lifted does not mean all areas and properties will be accessible as conditions vary across the Outer Banks after hurricanes. Seaside Vacations guests should bookmark this article or follow us on Facebook or Instagram for live updates regarding re-entry. Additionally, guests who were evacuated this week and guests who are expecting to arrive over the next week or so should keep an eye out from emails from our marketing team with additional information.

OWNER RESOURCES


Storm Prep Underway:

Seaside Vacations storm prep is well underway. Here are a few photos of our dedicated team helping get your homes ready for Dorian's impact.

seaside vacations storm prep: dumping ice in case of power outages   seaside vacations storm prep: prepping outdoor furniture for impact

seaside vacations storm prep: collecting outdoor objects that could float away   seaside vacations storm prep: bringing grills indoors or tying them for safety

seaside vacations storm prep: bringing in pool furniture   seaside vacations storm prep: clearing pool area of furniture

seaside vacations storm prep: securing trash cans with rope   seaside vacations storm prep: securing outdoor furniture


Dare County Re-Entry Stages:
Priority Two: Permanent Residents & Essential Personnel for Critical Businesses
Permanent Residents will be allowed reentry with a valid NC driver’s license/identification card with a local address or a current Dare County property tax bill or parcel data sheet. To expedite movement through traffic control points can also display a reentry permit.

Priority Three: Non-Resident Property Owners and Non-Resident Employees of Non-Critical Businesses
Non-resident property owners will also be allowed reentry with a current tax bill or parcel data sheet with matching current government issued id or a reentry permit with matching government issued identification.

For more information, visit Dare County Re-entry Guidelines.

Currituck County Re-Entry:

Re-entry permits issued to Currituck Outer Banks residents and non-resident property owners are valid for the 2018-2019 season. Proof of residency or ownership (driver's license with Corolla address, tax record or utility bill) will suffice if you have misplaced your permit. Visit Currituck County Re-entry Guidelines for more information.

Hyde County Re-Entry:

Re-entry permits issued to Hyde County residents and non-resident property owners are valid through the 2023 season. Re-entry is prioritized as follows:

1) Red: Emergency Personnel
2) Yellow: Infrastructure
3) Green: Residents
4) White: Non-Resident Property Owners

5) Tourists

For more information, visit
Hyde County Re-Entry Guidelines.
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