08/24/11

NC DOT Plans For Likely Closure of N.C. 12

The Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 12:28 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 12:28 p.m.

North Carolina transportation officials planning for the arrival of Hurricane Irene say they are prepared for damage to the main highway and bridge serving the Outer Banks.

DOT spokeswoman Nicole Meister said Wednesday that workers are positioning heavy equipment on Hatteras Island to keep N.C. 12 open as long as it is safe for crews to work. The island highway is routinely covered with water and sand during big storms.

Immediately after the storm, workers will inspect the aging Bonner Bridge. The two-lane span is the only link to the mainland for Outer Banks residents. Meister says the bridge will not be opened unless engineers are sure it is safe.

Ferries will be standing by to handle vehicle traffic if the road remains closed following the hurricane.

As soon as we have more information available, we will post a message on our Facebook page and here on our Blog site.

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08/24/11

National Park Service Visitor Centers, Campgrounds and Beach Closures Due to Threat of Hurricane Irene

The National Weather Service is predicting that the effects of Hurricane Irene will impact the Outer Banks Group units, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial, by Friday, August 26, 2011 with storm conditions continuing through Sunday, August 28, 2011.

In anticipation of this weather event, all NPS Campgrounds, Ocracoke, Frisco, Cape Point and Oregon Inlet, will close at noon today, Wednesday, August 24, 2011. The Ocracoke Campground reservation system has been temporarily suspended. The Silver Lake Marina NPS docks will close at noon today, Wednesday, August 24, 2011. The Ocracoke Visitor Center, Hatteras Island, Bodie Island and Wright Brothers and Fort Raleigh Visitor Centers will remain open until close of business today, Wednesday, August 24, 2011, then will remain closed until further notice. Previously scheduled evening programs for August 24 are cancelled. Lifeguard beach operations at Ocracoke, Buxton, and Coquina Beach will close at 5:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, August 24, 2011 until further notice.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will close at 6:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, August 24th until further notice. All park special programs scheduled for Founder’s Day, Thursday, August 25th, have been cancelled. Regularly scheduled Fall Interpretive programming will resume after the storm passes the area.

The Flags Over Hatteras event, scheduled for August 25-28, has been postponed until further notice due to the threat of Hurricane Irene.

In preparation for the storm, Ocracoke beaches will be closed to off-road vehicles by 6:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, August 24th; all other beaches in the National Seashore will close to off-road vehicles by 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 25th.

As soon as we have more information available, we will post a message on our Facebook page and here on our Blog site.

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08/24/11

Hurricane Irene Guest Information for August 24, 2011 – 10:30AM

We are asking visitors to be mindful of Hurricane Irene that could be arriving near the Outer Banks between Saturday and Sunday.

Irene could produce very strong winds and very high surf conditions. Serious ocean over-wash and soundside flooding are possible, which could impact access on and off the island.

If you are due to arrive this weekend:

At this point we do not know what to expect for Saturday check-in.

Guests should monitor weather news outlets for further advisories from the National Weather Service.

Dare County Emergency Management has not yet released a statement regarding recommended actions for Irene. Bulletins will be issued as needed and available at www.darenc.com. Hyde County has already issued an evacuation order for Ocracoke Island visitors in effect Wednesday morning at 5AM. The ferry will be running on a first-come-first-served basis during the evacuation.

If you have questions regarding entry onto Hatteras Island, please visit www.darenc.com for update bulletins from Dare County Emergency Management. Please be aware that entry on the island could still be prohibited even after the storm has passed due to potential impassable conditions on NC 12.

This is the only information we have available at this time. As soon as we have information available, we will post a message on our Facebook page and here on our Blog site.

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If you have questions regarding travel insurance that you have purchased, please call Travel Guard directly at 1-877-254-8842. They are available 24/7 to answer your questions.

Thank you very much for choosing Surf or Sound Realty and for your patience and understanding through the storm. Please travel safely and we look forward to seeing you soon.

If you are currently staying in one of our homes:

Guests should monitor local news outlets for further advisories from the National Weather Service.

Please don’t forget to put trash cans out to the road for pickup. (Buxton, Frisco, Hatteras – Wednesday night ; Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo and Avon – Thursday night)

If you elect to leave early before an evacuation is ordered to avoid driving in unfavorable conditions and traffic, please drop off your keys at the office prior to leaving so that we are aware that you are leaving the home. We are also requesting your help in preparing your home for the storm.

Please be sure to securely close and lock all exterior doors and windows as this will help to prevent wind driven rain from entering the home.

Pick up all loose items outside such as pool toys and beach equipment and secure them in the outside shower or screen porch.

It is very important to secure the hot tub cover with the straps provided. If straps are missing or you cannot secure the hot tub cover for some reason please let us know that you need assistance.

Thank you very much for staying with Surf or Sound and for assisting us in preparing for Hurricane Irene. Please travel safely and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Your friends at Surf or Sound Realty.