September 12, 2018 4:30 p.m.
Joint Information Section: (252) 475-5655
Restricted Access into Dare County Delayed until Thursday Morning, September 13
Restricted Access into Dare County Delayed until Thursday Morning, September 13 With the changing forecast, tropical storm force winds are now expected Thursday morning. As a result, there will be no restrictions on access into Dare County until 8:30 a.m. on Thursday September 13. There are no planned bridge closures, but access into the county will be restricted to those with a Priority One Critical Personnel Pass issued by Dare County Emergency Management or a Critical Needs Pass issued by Currituck County Emergency Management after 8:30 a.m. Thursday.
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.
Hurricane Florence is a major hurricane that will bring devastating impacts to areas even hundreds of miles from where it makes landfall. Do not let your guard down — the track of the storm will continue to shift and slight jogs to the north lead to more significant impacts for our area. It is important to stay informed and closely monitor updates from the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/mhx. For updated information about available emergency shelters in other areas of North Carolina, visit ncdps.gov/florence or download the NC Ready app. Stay out of the ocean. Swimming is prohibited throughout the county due to conditions that are dangerous for even the most experienced swimmers.