Increased Threat of Storm Surge and Soundside Flooding

Provided by Dare County Joint Information Center
5:30 p.m. October 28, 2012

Dare County Emergency Management advises that there is an increased threat of inundation of storm surge and soundside flooding, in the following amounts –

Oceanside – high seas and rough surf will continue to produce ocean overwash with inundation of 4 to 6 feet above ground.

Soundside – prepare for widespread inundation of 4 to 6 feet above ground level. Some locations could see inundation up to 7 feet.

Highway 12 on Hatteras Island remains closed due to sand and water on the roadway. Local law enforcement reports that pavement has been compromised in the northbound lane of Highway 12 north of Mirlo Beach and in the southbound lane south of the new bridge. NCDOT will continue working to clear the road, assess damage and make repairs to reopen it as quickly as possible.

Dare County Emergency Management advises everyone to remain indoors this evening. If travel is necessary, use caution and be alert for flooded conditions and water and sand overwash on all roads throughout Dare County.

Storm winds of 30+ mph are projected to extend into Tuesday producing rough surf and dangerous rip currents.

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative reports that Hatteras Village is without power and service is not expected to be restored until Monday morning.

NCDOT has suspended ferry service between Hatteras Village and Ocracoke. Operations will return to normal as soon as winds diminish and conditions are safe. NCDOT road information is available by calling 511 or online at www.ncdot.gov/travel

Visitors should consult with their accommodations provider before traveling to the area.

One-stop early voting will be available on Monday as scheduled at the Baum Center in Kill Devil Hills and at the Elections Office in Manteo, but is cancelled at the Fessenden Center in Buxton. For more information about one-stop early voting, call the Dare County Board of Elections Office on Monday between 8:30 and 5:00 p.m. at 252-475-5630.

County offices south of Oregon Inlet will be closed on Monday, October 29. All other County offices will open on regular schedule, at 8:30 a.m.

Dare County Public Works has suspended residential and commercial garbage collection for Monday, October 29. This includes the Towns of Southern Shores and Kitty Hawk. The Dare County scales, transfer station operations and recycling will be closed. Regular operations will resume on Tuesday, October 30.

Town of Duck –

The Town of Duck has declared a State of Emergency effective at noon (1200 hours) on Sunday, October 28, 2012. At this time, no restrictions have been implemented. The Town of Duck is advising those who must drive to be careful as high winds can cause debris on the roadway. As conditions warrant, updates will be posted on the Town’s website at www.townofduck.com

Regular trash collection for both residential and commercial properties will NOT be picked up on Monday, October 29, 2012

Residential regular trash WILL be picked up on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. Residential regular trash containers should be curbside before 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. Commercial regular trash collection will resume on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 as regularly scheduled

Recycling pick up is cancelled for this week. Recycling will be picked up on Monday, November 5, 2012.

Town of Kitty Hawk –

The Town of Kitty Hawk continues to be under a State of Emergency. NC Highway 12 has experienced ocean over-wash and the portion between Hawk and Eckner streets remains closed.

There has also been flooding on side streets of off NC 12 as well as Lindbergh Avenue.

Kitty Hawk Police are asking motorist to avoid traveling NC 12 in Kitty Hawk due to damaging debris, standing saltwater and sand. In addition, motorists are encouraged to stay off the road so that NCDOT can continue to remove debris and push sand from roadways. Should anyone wish to report debris, or a down tree in the roadway, please call the Fire Department at 252-261-2666. If anyone is experiencing an emergency, please call 911.

Please note, there will be no trash collection in Kitty Hawk on Monday. Normal collection schedule will resume on Tuesday. The Kitty Hawk recycling center will also be closed on Monday.

Town of Nags Head –

There will be no commercial or residential trash collection in Nags Head on Monday, October 29. Trash in the entire town will be collected Tuesday, October 30. The Town’s bulk item/brush collection yard will be closed tomorrow, Monday, October 29.

Areas of South Old Oregon Inlet Road in Nags Head may be impassable during high tide periods. Please do not drive through overwash. Salt water can wreak havoc on your vehicle and its electrical system.

Town of Southern Shores –

There will be no trash or recycling pick up in the Town of Southern Shores on Monday. These services will resume on Tuesday.

Residents and visitors in the maritime forest areas of Southern Shores are cautioned to stay inside until winds subside. Walkers on streets risk being injured unsuspectedly by falling tree limbs and branches.

Additional Storm Related Information –

Dare County Transportation will be closed for service on Monday, October 29 due to unsafe conditions. Normal transportation service is expected to resume on Tuesday, October 30.

Dare County Libraries ask customers not to return library materials to any of the outside bookdrops throughout the County during this storm to avoid damage to returned items.

If electrical power is lost, local service providers can be reached at the following numbers:

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative, Outage Reporting Number: 866-511-9862
Dominion Power: 1-866-DOM-HELP (366-4357)
Tideland EMC: 252-943-3046

The next scheduled update will be available at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, October 29. The Dare County Emergency Operations Center will be operating throughout the storm and may be reached at 252-475-5655.

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