09/12/18

Hurricane and Storm Surge Warnings Remain – Do Not Let Your Guard Down

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For Immediate Release

September 12, 2018, 10:34 a.m.
Contact: Dare County Emergency Management, 252.475.5655

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Hurricane and Storm Surge Warnings Remain – Do Not Let Your Guard Down

With the most recent update from the National Hurricane Center, a Hurricane Warning and Storm Surge Warning remain in effect for Dare County. While the track has shifted to the south and west overnight, do not let your guard down. The storm is forecast to slow down as it reaches the North Carolina coast and the path may change as it makes landfall due to slow movement and weak steering currents. Hurricane Florence is a major hurricane that will be bring devastating impacts to areas even hundreds of miles from where it makes landfall. Slight shifts to the north could mean more significant and devastating impacts for our area.

It is important to stay informed and closely monitor updates from the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/mhx.

The mandatory evacuation for residents and visitors throughout the County remains in effect. Those who have not yet evacuated are encouraged to make final preparations and leave the area as soon as possible. Those who decide to stay are reminded that emergency services may be unable to respond to calls for assistance with high winds and flooded roadways.

Dare County EMS reminds those with home oxygen to have a plan for extended power outages that will render power driven oxygen delivery devices non-functional. Be sure you have an ample supply of portable, non-powered oxygen cylinders at your home to ensure your oxygen supply is not interrupted.  Do not rely on EMS and fire departments for your oxygen needs. Also, ensure you have enough medications for the next few weeks as post-storm transportation routes could be delayed.

A shelter for Dare County residents is open at Knightdale High School located at 100 Bryan Chalk Lane, Knightdale, NC 27545. This is a pet friendly shelter that requires vaccination records for each pet. While in the shelter, owners are responsible for the feeding, care, clean-up, and behavior of their pets.

Stay out of the ocean. Swimming is prohibited throughout the county due to conditions that are dangerous for even the most experienced swimmers.

There are currently no restrictions for entering or leaving the county. Beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12 only essential personnel with a Priority One pass issued by Dare County Emergency Management will be allowed entry.

The Dare County Emergency Operations Center is activated and can be reached at 252.475.5655.

Visit www.darenc.com for updated information.

To receive notifications directly from Dare County Emergency Management, visit www.darenc.com/emergencyalerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

Town of Duck

Trash collection for the Town of Duck on Friday, September 14 is cancelled.  Please ensure that your cans and all loose items are secured.

The Town of Duck administrative office closed at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 11, and will remain closed until further notice.

Town of Southern Shores

The next trash pick-up will be Monday September 17.

Red Flags are currently up on Town of Southern Shores beaches. No Swimming.

Town of Kitty Hawk

The Town of Kitty Hawk continues to prepare for Hurricane Florence and encourages all visitors and residents to heed the mandatory evacuation.  Please be reminded that Emergency Personnel will not be able to respond when conditions worsen.

There will be no further trash collections until weather permits.  Please roll in your trash cans and make sure they are secured along with other loose items.

Town offices are closed through Friday, September 14.

The Recycle Center, Windgrass Circle Park, Sandy Run Park and the Kitty Hawk Bath House are all closed until further notice.

Town of Kill Devil Hills

Due to the continued threat of Hurricane Florence, the Kill Devil Hills Town Hall and support offices will close Wednesday, September 12 at 12:00 noon and remain closed until further notice.

Commercial garbage collections will be limited on Wednesday September 12 and then will be suspended until further notice. Residential solid waste collections have been suspended until further notice – please secure roll-out containers away from the curb. The Recycle Center and Dry Trash Drop-Off Center will close at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, September 12 and remain closed until further notice.

Town of Manteo

To help prevent damage to our businesses and homes, the Town of Manteo will be enforcing our “no wake” ordinance during and after this storm event. Do not drive through flooded streets or in hazardous conditions and obey all traffic control measures.

National Park Service

All visitor facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial remain closed.

The next scheduled update from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued on Wednesday, September 12 by 6:00 p.m.