09/10/18

Updated Information from Dare County Emergency Management

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For Immediate Release

September 10, 2018, 5:35 p.m.
Contact: Dare County Emergency Management, 252.475.5655

Updated Information from Dare County Emergency Management

The mandatory evacuation for visitors and residents remains in place for Hatteras Island. Traffic leaving the island is moving slowly due to heavy traffic and ocean overwash in some areas, but all roads and bridges remain open and there are no plans for closures.

The mandatory evacuation for visitors and residents remains in place for Hatteras Island. Traffic leaving the island is moving slowly due to heavy traffic and ocean overwash in some areas, but all roads and bridges remain open and there are no plans for closures.

The mandatory evacuation for all other areas of Dare County will become effective at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11. Visitors should evacuate as early as possible, taking all of their belongings and following instructions from their property management company.

Dare County Emergency Management advises residents and property owners making final storm preparations that there are currently no restrictions for leaving or entering the county, and none will be implemented before Wednesday afternoon.

NC Emergency Management has announced the opening of a shelter for Dare County residents beginning Tuesday, September 11 at 2:00 p.m. at Knightdale High School  located at 1001 Bryan Caulk Lane, Knightdale, NC 27545. This will be a pet friendly shelter and Dare County residents must show a valid ID with a Dare County address for entry. All pet friendly shelters require vaccination records for each pet. While in the shelter, owners are responsible for the feeding, care, clean-up, and behavior of their pets.

Dare County Public Works will collect residential trash on Tuesday, September 11 in  Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Manteo, Wanchese, East Lake, Stumpy Point, and Manns Harbor.  Regular trash collection will resume on Monday, September 17.

Dare County Administrative Offices will close at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11 and remain closed until further notice. The Dare County Emergency Operations Center is activated for the storm and can be reached at 252.475.5655.

All Dare County Parks & Rec programs are cancelled until further notice.The Baum Center, Family Recreation Park, the Dare County Center and the Manteo Youth Center will be closed beginning Tuesday, September 11 until further notice.

The Dare County Clerk of Courts Office will be closed Tuesday, September 11 through Friday, September 14.

All District Court sessions are cancelled beginning Tuesday, September 11 through Friday, September 14.  The Clerk of Courts Office is in the process of continuing all cases and notice of new court dates will be mailed Monday afternoon. Anyone who does not receive a notice by Friday, September 21 should contact the Dare County Clerk of Courts Office to receive their new court date.

All Dare County Schools will be closed on September 11 through the remainder of the week.  Cape Hatteras Elementary and Cape Hatteras Secondary Schools released early today in response to the mandatory evacuation.  Additionally, the Board of Education meeting that was scheduled for tomorrow evening has been cancelled.

National Park Service

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial have suspended visitor services and closed all of its visitor facilities at 12:00 p.m. Monday.

Town of Nags Head

The Town of Nags Head is making multiple passes for trash and recycling collection on South Virginia Dare Trail and South Old Oregon Inlet Road, emptying any containers that are placed out for collection. All regularly scheduled collections on Tuesday and Wednesday will not be impacted; however, Wednesday, September 12 will be the last day that trash and recycling will be collected, until further notice. In addition, the bulk item/brush collection yard will be closed until further notice.

The Dowdy Park Farmer’s Market and the Mama’s Black Sheep concert, both scheduled for Thursday, September 13, have been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Town of Manteo

Curbside recycling will be picked up on Tuesday, September 11.

Commercial AND residential solid waste pickup will be done on Wednesday, September 12.

The Planning Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 11 has been cancelled and their next meeting will be held October 9.

Cutoffs for water and sewer account non-payments will be delayed until after re-entry.

The next scheduled update from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued Tuesday morning, September 11. Visit www.darenc.com for updated information, videos, and relevant links to official sources.To receive notifications directly from Dare County Emergency Management, visit www.darenc.com/emergencyalerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.


09/10/18

State of Emergency Issued and Mandatory Evacuation for Residents and Visitors Ordered

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For Immediate Release

September 10, 2018, 8:51 a.m.
Contact: Dare County Emergency Management, 252.475.5655

State of Emergency Issued and Mandatory Evacuation for Residents and Visitors Ordered

 

Bulletin #1

A state of emergency has been issued and a mandatory evacuation order for all visitors and residents on Hatteras Island will be in effect beginning Monday, September 10 at 12:00 p.m. This includes all areas of Hatteras Island including the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village.

A mandatory evacuation for residents and visitors in other areas of Dare County goes into effect beginning Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00 a.m. This includes the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo; Roanoke Island; and the Dare County mainland.

The Dare County Control Group met Monday morning and has determined that a mandatory evacuation for all visitors and residents is necessary to ensure safety.  Hurricane Florence is currently projected to be a category 3 or 4 storm at landfall in southeastern North Carolina and may bring life-threatening storm surge to Dare County, along with tropical storm force winds, heavy rains and the potential for tornadoes. Even a small northward shift in the track of the storm could bring devastating impacts to our area.

Everyone in Dare County is encouraged to evacuate as soon as possible regardless of the established time frames. Visitors should take all personal belongings and follow instructions from their property management company.

Those evacuating to areas north of Dare County are encouraged to consider traveling 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. Be sure to check the weather forecast for travel conditions for the route you will be traveling and for your destination.

The state of emergency includes restrictions on 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.

Bulletins will periodically be issued by the Joint Information Center and the next scheduled update will be no later than 6:00 p.m. Monday. Visit www.darenc.com for updated information, videos, and relevant links to official sources.

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

Due to the current state of emergency, reentry passes are not being issued by Dare County Emergency Management. Non-resident property owners are reminded that permits with an April 1, 2018 expiration date remain valid through December 30. Permanent residents 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, visit www.darenc.com/reentry.

 

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Dare County Emergency Management is the lead role in preparing for and directing response to major emergencies and disasters , both natural and man-made within Dare County. The Department of Emergency Management is the local community based equivalent of the NC Division of Emergency Management Agency at the State level and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at the Federal level. It works closely with all agencies (public & private) before, during and after emergencies/disasters to provide the coordination of comprehensive protection of lives and property.

Dare County Emergency Management has a full-time staff that receives specialized training in many varied fields. Like other public safety officials, staff members serve the community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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05/29/18

Hatteras Island Beaches Win More Accolades – Dr. Beach names Buxton #6 Beach in the Country!

Miles of pristine uncrowded seashore regularly land Hatteras Island beaches on top 10 lists and this year is no exception. Dr. Beach just published the 2018 results for the country’s top beaches and Buxton Lighthouse Beach came in at #6!

Dr. Beach is Dr. Stephen Leatherman – Director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University. He has a Ph.D. in Environmental (Coastal) Sciences from the University of Virginia. He developed 50 criteria to rate each beach and since 1991 his top beaches list, released each Memorial Day weekend, has become very popular.

Buxton’s Lighthouse Beach adorned with the iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, was lauded for having “the best surfing on the U.S. East Coast” and it’s good swimming beach with lifeguards. Also noted were the excellent surf fishing and dynamic coast.

U.S. News and World Report Ranked Cape Hatteras #1 Best Beach in North Carolina. Some of the spectacular features that landed Cape Hatteras at the top of the list include:

• 70 miles of unspoiled beaches
• Black and white striped lighthouse – climb at night during a full moon
• Catch a glimpse of sea turtles during nexting season
• Off-road vehicles are allowed on the sparsely crowded sands

It’s no secret that Cape Hatteras Beaches are the best – if you haven’t already, book your premier vacation home today.


05/23/18

Our Beaches are Wide Open – Come Enjoy Memorial Day Week on Hatteras Island!

Hatteras Island Beaches are Wide Open

Besides all of the fun amenities offered in your premier vacation home, there is a lot to do to celebrate the unofficial start of summer, this upcoming Memorial Day Week! For a full list of events check out our event calendar.

H2OBX waterpark opens for the season Saturday, May 26th – if you haven’t purchased tickets be sure to get them through Surf or Sound to get the best rate available!

Rock the Cape’s Island Art Show will be held from 10:00 – 4:00 on Monday, May 28 in Rodanthe at the Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo community building. Admission is FREE and ALL are welcome to this indoor / outdoor community event. Over 25 local artists will be on site vending their goods~ this is your chance to meet & support them!

On Monday, May 28 culinary arts arrive to Rock The Cape, for the first time since its inception, with A Taste of Hatteras. From 5pm-10pm, guests that attend A Taste of Hatteras can enjoy delicious island-inspired cuisine from a variety of local restaurants. The event will also feature a concert on the sound, headlined by The Joey Harkum Band from Maryland. Virginia Beach based reggae band SoPoz and local Hatteras band Blurky’s Quirky Friends and Hatteras musician Steve Vang will also be playing at A Taste of Hatteras. 

The Cape Hatteras Seashore offers a variety of recreational activities, including beach recreation, off-road vehicle (ORV) use*; surf fishing, boating, and piers; lighthouse climbing; interpretive programs with a park ranger; hiking; kayaking; watersports (surfing, windsurfing, kiteboarding, etc.); and wildlife viewing.

Programs with a Park Ranger
Over Memorial Day weekend, there are many opportunities to participate in ranger-led programs. The following is a listing of programming being offered this weekend:

  • Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Climbing, daily from 9:00 am to 4:15 pm
  • Barrier Island Dynamics, 10:30 am to 11:00 am. How do people, plants, and wildlife adapt to barrier island geologic change? Meet at the Hatteras Island Visitor Center Pavilion.
  • Cape Hatteras Light Station Talk, daily from 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm. Discuss the details and history of this beautiful sentinel. Meet at the Hatteras Island Visitor Center Pavilion. 
  • Fish with a Ranger, Monday (Memorial Day) from 8:00 am to 9:30 am. We have poles, you bring the bait. Pre-register in person at the Hatteras Island Museum (or call 252-475-9622) this Saturday.

*Currently, there are over 25 miles (more than 90%) of Off Road Vehicle beach routes available to enjoy. Over the last several years, the park service has worked to improve access and constructed multiple new ORV ramps. While one area at the southernmost tip of Cape Point is currently closed to protect shorebirds, ORV users can still access a large area towards Cape Point and north of Ramp 43. And the miles of beaches in front of the villages are wide open for non-motorized activities, along with 20 more miles spread across the Seashore. For daily beach access updates check the Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

 


01/25/18

It’s Our 40th Anniversary!

Family gathered by the Cape Hatteras lighthouse

This month we kicked off our 40th Anniversary with the launch of an advertising campaign about family vacation traditions. In the span of the last 40 years, families have gathered annually along Hatteras Island’s shores for their vacations and this year we are excited to be sharing those stories. Watch our first video story below:

The laid-back beach lifestyle of Hatteras Island hasn’t changed in all the years. It’s still an environment that is tranquil, slow-paced, family-oriented and steeped in tradition and history.

“We hear it all the time. From the un-crowded beaches to the family-owned shops and restaurants, the authentic experience our guests have vacationing on Hatteras Island is one that’s hard to find these days. The fact that we can offer a premier vacation home experience in our remote location on the beaches of America’s first National Seashore is pretty special” said Ann Wood, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Surf or Sound.

That doesn’t mean that progress has passed the island by. Rental homes have seen change with the addition of modern amenities and luxurious conveniences. Visitors who have gathered on the island for years have rented increasingly larger vacation homes to accommodate their growing families. New generations now carry on vacation traditions but with amenities their grandparents couldn’t have imagined, like home theater rooms with stadium seating, private swimming pools with kiddie pools and swim-up bars, and outdoor entertainment areas with tiki bars.

Advances to technology have made an impact on the business as well. Booking a home once meant calling a reservation agent who “booked” guest reservations by logging them in an actual book. Now vacation homes can be reserved on SurforSound.com with just a few clicks at any time of day or night.

Whether you have only just begun your Hatteras Island vacation tradition, or you have been vacationing with us for many years. Thank you for your business – we appreciate each and every one of you. Helping you to make treasured vacation memories has been our pleasure!


12/5/17

What makes Hatteras Island oceanfront vacation homes so special

A family enjoys a beautiful sunny day watching dolphins from the deck of their Hatteras Island vacation home, Summer Solstice an oceanfront rental home in Hatteras Village on the Outer Banks of North Carolina

The magic of a Surf or Sound Oceanfront Vacation Rental Home

Imagine starting every morning of your vacation watching the early-rising surfers paddle out past the breakers as the sun makes it’s colorful entrance over the horizon, or spending your evenings watching the local dolphins make an impromptu appearance along the blue horizon. At an oceanfront vacation rental, these dreamy scenarios are an everyday reality. And when it comes to the “best of the best” of oceanfront homes, you simply can’t beat Hatteras Island, or Surf or Sound Realty.

Ocean serenity, sea oats in bloom and clouds marching across the horizon in Rodanthe on Hatteras Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina

Famously Peaceful Beaches

Hatteras Island is renowned for its beaches, which extend for roughly 50 miles from the Bonner Bridge to the tip of Hatteras Inlet. Tucked just behind the dune line, an oceanfront vacation rental provides a front-row view to this stunning shoreline, which is world-famous for its natural condition and lack of crowds. You won’t find any busy boardwalks, throngs of people, or beachfront businesses on Hatteras Island, but you will find miles of peace and quiet in veritably every direction.

Beautiful ocean views from the dining and great room in Hatteras Grander, a Hatteras Village oceanfront vacation rental home on the Outer Banks of North Carolina

Incredible Oceanfront Homes

In each of Hatteras Island’s villages, there are a select number of vacation rental homes that have front row access to the beach and the ocean views. Surf or Sound Realty is proud to represent the island’s largest and best collection of these oceanfront homes. From charming three bedroom retreats that are perfect for small families to exquisite 9 bedroom sandcastles that boast all the amenities of a world-class private resort, our portfolio of homes is beautifully varied, and can cater to vacationers of all tastes, sizes, and preferences.

Veranda and patio by the private pool and tiki bar at Bramasole, at Bramasole, an oceanfront vacation home in Avon in Hatteras Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina

Top Quality Amenities

In addition to the stunning ocean vistas that come complimentary with every oceanfront vacation rental, many of our homes also feature the most coveted guest amenities, including private swimming pools, tiki bars, indulgent hot tubs, game rooms with pool tables, wet bars &  tv stereo systems, theater rooms with real stadium seating, cozy gas fireplaces, and more. Best of all, with ample decks overlooking the shoreline and plenty of gathering spots where the ocean views serve as a backdrop, guests will soon discover that at an oceanfront home, the endless Atlantic views are always a part of the vacationing scenery.

Reserve Your Oceanfront Rental Today

From the ability to stroll out to the beach at any time of day or night, to enjoying the best sea breezes the island has to offer, there’s a lot to love about an oceanfront vacation rental. Secure the best spot on the island, and peruse our vast collection of oceanfront properties that are scattered throughout our world-famous island, from Rodanthe to Hatteras Village.


10/5/17

Coffee Shops on Hatteras Island

Love coffee? You’re not alone – over half of Americans drink it every day!

It’s no wonder there are so many wonderful options when it comes to enjoying your daily cup on Hatteras Island. Whether you’re looking for freshly brewed NC roasted coffee for your sunrise walk on the beach or you want to find a place to get your afternoon latté while out shopping, these spots have you covered:

RODANTHE

Beads and Beans
24267 NC-12, Rodanthe, North Carolina

Coffee shop on the second floor of the Pamlico Station shops, overlooking the Pamlico Sound in Rodanthe.
Open Year-round • 7 days a week
Summer Hours 6am – 8pm
Off-season Hours vary by month but are typically 7am-noon

Try: the Nutty Monkey: a blended espresso frappe with nutella and banana or the Dawn Patrol: 7 day steeped cold brew with a double shot of espresso and ice cubes made of coffee.

Forbes Coffee, Candy and Tea
24502 NC-12, Rodanthe, North Carolina

In the Waves Village shops in southern Rodanthe.
Open Year-round • 7 days a week.
7am – 10pm in the summer, 7am – 8pm in the off-season
Free WiFi

Try: the Night in Rodanthe – Dark mint mocha, it’s like coffee and dessert!

WAVES

Watermen’s Bar & Grill
25706 NC-12, Waves, NC

On the Pamlico Sound behind REAL Watersports in Waves.
Open March 1st thru November 26th • 7 days a week
9am – 9pm
Free WiFi
Watermen’s has an entire coffee and espresso menu. The management team has many years of combined experience at Starbucks,  they can make any coffee drink you can think of!

Try: Their most popular drink: a Vanilla Latté

Atlantic Coast Cafe
25150 NC Highway 12, Waves, NC

Open April – October • 7 days a week
8am – 8:30pm in the off season • 7am – 9pm in the summer

Try: An Atlantic Coast Cafe signature freeze.

AVON

Samantha’s Coffee & Smoothie
41008 NC Hwy 12, Avon, NC 27915

Right next to the Surf or Sound Avon Office!
Open 7am-6pm • 7 days a week in the summer
9am-4pm • Tuesday – Saturday in the off-season
Closed December – the week before Easter
Free WiFi

Try: the Kona Mocha Frappé

Muffins & Scones
40126 NC HWY 12, Avon, NC

Purple building next to their sister business, Cups & Cones
Open year-round • 7 days a week
6am-4pm in the summer and 7am-3pm in the off season
Free WiFi

Try: A Caramel Macchiato – with two shots of espresso, served hot or cold

Java Junction
39774 NC Hwy. 12, Avon, NC

Coffee and bead shop in the Dairy Queen shopping center in Avon.
Open Easter – Thanksgiving 9:30am – 7pm

Try: The Wired Monkey

Uglie Mugs Coffee
40534 Nc 12 Hwy, Avon, NC

Open year-round, 6:30 – 8pm
Free Wi-fi and printer/fax machine available

Try: a Caramel Almond Latté

BUXTON

Orange Blossom Café
47206 NC-12, Buxton, NC

Across from the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse entrance
Open 6:30 – 11:00am • 7 days a week (Closed December – March)

Try: An apple ugly to go with your coffee!

Coffee Bar at Dillon’s Corner
46792 N.C. Highway 12, Buxton, NC

Open 7am – 10pm • 7 days a week
Free Wifi
Full-service coffee bar serving coffee, espresso, lattes, cappuccinos, fresh-fruit smoothies and more.

Try: Lighthouse Latté

Old Gray House Gifts
47074 Light Plant Rd, Buxton, NC

Open Monday – Friday 10-5 • Saturday 10-2
Gift shop offering simple North Carolina roast drip coffee that is available by the pound.

FRISCO

Red Drum Pottery and Coffee

53561 NC Highway 12Frisco, NC
Open 10-5 • 7 Days a Week

Browse beautiful hand-made ceramics and enjoy the full-service coffee bar.

HATTERAS VILLAGE

The Dancing Turtle Coffee Shop
58079 NC-12, Hatteras, NC

Full service traditional coffee shop across from the fishing harbor in Hatteras Village.
Free Wifi
Open Tuesday- Saturday 6:30 am- 3 pm • Sunday 6:30 am- Noon

Try: a Mexican Spiced Cocoa


09/28/17

Unrestricted Access to Hatteras Island Begins at 1:00 p.m. Today

Post Date: 09/28/2017, 9:15 a.m.
Contact: Dare County Emergency Management
Phone: 252.475.5655

Unrestricted Access to Hatteras Island Begins at 1:00 p.m. Today

Beginning at 1:00 p.m. today (Thursday, September 28), there will be unrestricted access to Hatteras Island. At that time, visitors may return to all Hatteras Island villages including Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village. Be sure to call your accommodations provider in advance to confirm reservations and check-in details.

There are still pockets of sand and water remaining along Highway 12 and on some side roads. It will be necessary for NCDOT to maintain traffic control points along portions of Highway 12 to enable crews to continue working to clear roads. This will limit traffic to one lane in some areas. Expect delays and proceed with extreme caution.

All travelers must realize that the water on roadways contains salt and may cause damage to vehicles. A state of emergency remains in effect and includes motor vehicle speed restrictions on flooded roads.

Dangerous surf and rip currents will remain in the area through the weekend. Stay out of the ocean – conditions are unsafe for even the most experienced swimmers. For updated forecasts from the National Weather Service, visit www.weather.gov/mhx.

 

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09/27/17

Tropical Storm Warning Remains in Effect for Dare County

Post Date: 09/27/2017, 2:58 p.m.
Contact: Dare County Emergency Management
Phone: 252.475.5655

Tropical Storm Warning Remains in Effect for Dare County

While Hurricane Maria is now moving offshore and away from the Outer Banks, a Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Dare County and a Storm Surge Warning remains in effect for the southernmost villages of Hatteras Island, including Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village.

The mandatory evacuation for visitors on Hatteras Island remains in effect. County officials will continue to closely monitor conditions and coordinate with NCDOT to determine when road conditions will allow reentry for visitors.

“NCDOT is making excellent progress clearing sand and water from Highway 12, but the next high tide cycle is expected to bring additional ocean overwash and soundside flooding that will create hazardous driving conditions in some areas,” said Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson. “While we all want visitors to return to Hatteras Island as quickly as possible, safety is the top priority.”

For residents already on Hatteras Island, please use caution, slow down and remember that salt water causes damage to vehicles. Proceed with caution.

The next update regarding reentry for visitors to Hatteras Island will be issued no later than 11:00 a.m. on Thursday morning, September 28 following a meeting of the Dare County Control Group.

Dare County Public Works has cancelled garbage collection for Hatteras Island customers on Thursday, September 28.

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09/27/17

Hurricane Maria – Wednesday morning update

Wednesday, September 27 9:00am

We have seen ocean overwash and soundside flooding from Hurricane Maria on Hatteras Island, but NCDOT reports that while there is sand and water on the roads, no roads are closed at this time.

Storm conditions are expected to continue today and we expect more overwash and flooding as the storm passes and winds shift. Our offices remain closed for the safety of our staff.

Dare County’s mandatory evacuation order for visitors is still in place and we do not yet know when that will be released. We will post updates as they become available.

Continue to monitor the resources provided below:

For the latest on Dare County’s evacuation order and information on re-entry:

For travel conditions on NC 12 and Ferry Status:

For weather updates about the storm:

Hurricane and storm procedures for our guests:

For questions about travel insurance:

  • US Residents: Contact Travel Guard 1-877-249-5376
  • Canadian Residents: Contact Global Holiday Protection at 1-866-914-5333