Stay Informed and Avoid Travel if Possible

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Bulletin #7
September 13, 2018 10:38 a.m.
Joint Information Section: (252) 475-5655

Stay Informed and Avoid Travel if Possible

The following watches and warnings are currently in effect for Dare County – a Storm Surge Warning, Hurricane Warning, High Surf Advisory, Flash Flood Watch, Beach Hazards Advisory, and a Tornado Watch.

It is important to stay informed and monitor information from official sources.

Visit www.weather.gov/mhx for updated weather advisories and forecasts from the National Weather Service. Visit www.darenc.com for updated information and safety tips from Dare County Emergency Management and the Joint Information Center.

For updated road conditions from NCDOT, visit https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/.

To receive notifications directly from Dare County Emergency Management, visit www.darenc.com/emergencyalerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter. The Dare County Emergency Operations Center is activated and can be reached at 252.475.5655.

The mandatory evacuation for all residents and visitors remains in place and entry into Dare County is now restricted. Only 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 are being allowed access.

Remain indoors and stay off roadways. Driving conditions will quickly become dangerous as flooding occurs from heavy rains and ocean overwash. Some areas of Highway 12 on Hatteras Island are already experiencing ocean overwash. Be mindful of dangerous conditions not only in Dare County, but also outside the area. Visit https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/ for NC road conditions updated by NCDOT.

Those who remain in the county are reminded that emergency personnel may not be able to respond to calls for assistance as winds increase and roadways become flooded. There may be a loss of power or water in some areas of the County. Keep your emergency supply kit close by and be prepared to sustain yourself, your family and your pets for up to 72 hours.

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

Town of Duck

The Town of Duck administrative office closed at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 11, and will remain closed until further notice. Trash collection for the Town of Duck on Friday, September 14, is cancelled. Residential trash service is expected to resume on Monday, September 17, if conditions allow. Residential recycling collection for Monday, September 17, is cancelled. Residential recycling service is expected to resume on Monday, September 24. Please be sure your cans are secured, along with any other loose items.

Town of Kitty Hawk

The south end of Kitty Hawk has experienced some ocean overwash. Use extreme caution and avoid Highway 12 if possible.

Town of Nags Head

With the amount of ocean overwash and rainfall that we’re expecting, please remain inside during the event and even in its immediate aftermath. We are expecting flooding on many area streets, with a particular impact on South Virginia Dare Trail and South Old Oregon Inlet Road.

Town of Manteo

The administrative offices at Town Hall will be closed until Monday, September 17. 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. Turn around, don’t drown. Please conserve water during periods of heavy rain and throughout the storm event. Avoid running dishwashers and clothes washers, limit the amount of water used for showering and when flushing the toilet. Make plans to complete the usage of dishwashers and clothes washers before the start of the storm.

The Town of Manteo Wastewater Treatment Plant is equipped with a generator capable of maintaining operations during an extended power outage. Not all of the Town of Manteo sewer pump stations have permanent generators and sewer service may be unavailable during a loss of power in certain areas until temporary or utility power is restored.

The next scheduled update from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued as needed but no later than 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 13.