10/13/16

Dare County Emergency Management Bulletin – Unrestricted Access to All Areas of the County by Saturday; Recovery Efforts Continue

October 13, 2016 4:00 p.m.  

There is currently unrestricted access to all areas of Dare County north of Oregon Inlet and for the Hatteras Island villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, and Buxton. Beginning Friday, October 14 at 7 a.m. access restrictions will be lifted for Frisco. Beginning Saturday, October 15 at 7 a.m. access restrictions will be lifted for all areas of Dare County, including Hatteras Village.

It is important for visitors to check with their rental company or accommodations provider to confirm reservations before traveling to the area since some properties were impacted and require repairs.  Also, please be mindful that many residents and businesses of the island have suffered significant impacts and are in the process of recovering so your patience and understanding is truly appreciated.

For updated information regarding access to Ocracoke Island, visit hydecountync.gov.

National Park Service

The National Park Service reports that the Frisco Campground will open at  7:00 am  on  Friday, October 14, 2016.

Dare County Schools

Cape Hatteras Schools only will operate on a 2-hour delay on  Friday, October 14.

Dominion North Carolina Power

Dominion North Carolina Power continues to work on restoration of power in the area.   Dare County had 24,750 customers affected by Hurricane Matthew in the Dominion territory.  We still have 117 customers out.   Some of these are in areas that are still flooded and we are unable to restore service at this time.   We will communicate with those customers that are in areas waiting for the water to recede.   Thank you for your patience in this trying time.

Town of Southern Shores

The projected start date for the Town’s FEMA debris collection contractor is Monday, October 24th. Property owners with debris generated as a direct result of Hurricane Matthew should place the debris in the right-of-way of a public street closest to the point of generation. To the extent possible, keep debris off the pavement and on the shoulder of the public street. As this is a FEMA regulated pick-up, debris may not be picked up from a private street, lane, or parking lot. Storm-generated debris from any property located on a private street must be transported to the right-of-way of a public street to guarantee pick-up. This applies to private streets, lanes, and parking lots owned by a homeowners association.

Debris must be placed in  separate  piles according to type:

  • Vegetative debris (consists of tree parts, limbs, branches, leaves, etc.) DO NOT BAG LEAVES
  • Construction and Demolition debris (consist of shingles, siding, boards, wallboard, destroyed/flooded furniture, etc.)
  • White goods (destroyed/flooded appliances)

Town, County, and State officials continue to be aware of the flooded streets, including NC Highway 12,   in Southern Shores, as well as flooded streets and roads in all parts of Dare County and other Towns. Due to high rain fall and high water table at the time of the storm, the large areas of standing water will most likely continue to slowly recede and dissipate. Caution and slow speed is urged when driving through standing water.

The Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) rule 7H.2500 emergency permit has been activated for replacement of structures in the estuarine system (piers, bulkheads, etc), reconstruction of dune systems, and maintenance dredging within man-made canals/ditches filled in by Hurricane Matthew. Emergency permits may only be issued by the NC Division of Coastal Management Office in Elizabeth City by contacting  252-264-3901.

If a structure is considered imminently threatened, a property owner may obtain an exemption approval for beach bulldozing or importing sand from the Town’s Local Permit Officer (LPO),  (252) 261-2394, ext. 4)

Rescheduled Flu Clinic

The Flu Clinic that was canceled at the Baum Center on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 has been rescheduled for  Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 8:30 AM- 12:30 PM.

Notice to Private Well Owners in Dare County

If flooding has occurred around your well, Dare County Department of Health & Human Services recommends that you have your water tested. Until tests on samples indicate water is safe, please use the following precautions:

  • Boil water for at least five minutes at a full rolling boil before drinking, cooking, making ice or using for hygiene purposes (such as bathing, brushing teeth, etc).
  • Infants under six months and pregnant women should not drink boiled water, because boiled water could concentrate harmful nitrates. It is recommended these individuals drink bottled water, if unavailable, boiled water is preferred over untreated drinking water sources.

Continue these precautions until results on samples taken  since the flooding show the water is safe. Private well users should contact the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services’ Public Health Division for more information at  252.475.5003  or  252.475.5080.

Debris Collection for Unincorporated Areas of Dare County

Dare County Emergency Management and Public Works are working with contractors to establish the schedule for storm debris collection and prioritizing debris removal based on areas that can be safely accessed. A schedule for debris removal will be announced as soon as available.

For now, residents of impacted areas that can safely do so, are asked to place any storm-generated debris on the public right-of-way.   The public right-of-way is the area of residential property that extends from the street to the easement, ditch, utility pole or sidewalk. Residents should separate the debris as follows:

  • VEGETATIVE DEBRIS (whole trees, tree stumps, tree branches, tree trunks and other leafy material)
  • CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION DEBRIS (damaged components of buildings and structures such lumber and wood, wall board, glass, metal, roofing materials, tile, furnishings, and fixtures)
  • HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE (materials that are ignitable, reactive, toxic or corrosive such as paints, cleaners, pesticides, etc.)
  • WHITE GOODS (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, heat pumps, ovens, ranges, washing machines, clothes dryers and water heaters)
  • ELECTRONIC WASTE (computers, televisions, office electronic equipment, etc.)

Only loose debris will be collected, bagged debris should not be placed on the public right-of-way.

Do not place debris near a water meter vault, fire hydrant or any other above-ground utility. Only debris placed on the public right-of-way will be eligible for collection until further notice.

The County contractors will make multiple passes through the impacted areas.   If residents cannot safely set out debris at this time, or if contractors cannot safely enter impacted areas, additional debris removal passes will be scheduled. The County urges all residents to make personal safety a top priority, and only set out debris if it is safe to do so at this time.

FEMA Information

Dare County is working with the State of North Carolina to provide information to ensure that everything is in place to pursue FEMA disaster assistance for individuals who have suffered loss. Even though eligibility for individual assistance has not been determined for Dare County, you may go ahead and complete a FEMA application to speed up the process once eligibility for assistance is determined.   For information on FEMA programs and to apply online visithttps://www.disasterassistance.gov/

Documentation for Past Travel Restrictions

Visitors to Dare County and the Currituck Outer Banks requesting documentation of past travel restrictions for insurance purposes may visit  www.darenc.com/hurricanematthew  to download necessary documents. Documents will be updated as travel restrictions are lifted.

Updated Information

Bulletins will continue to be issued as needed by Dare County Emergency Management. From this point forward, each of the agencies participating in the Joint Information Center will release their information independently.

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10/13/16

Dare County Emergency Management Bulletin – Updated Entry Information for Hatteras Island

Bulletin #15
October 13, 2016 9:45 a.m.

Access to Hatteras Island

The Dare County Control Group met Thursday morning and has established the following entry guidelines for the southernmost villages of Hatteras Island —

  • Frisco — Visitors will be allowed access to the village of Frisco beginning 7 a.m. on Friday, October 14, 2016.
  • Hatteras Village — Visitors will be allowed access to Hatteras Village beginning 7 a.m. on Saturday, October 15, 2016.

Visitors were allowed access to the Villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon and most areas of Buxton beginning 7 a.m. this morning.

It is important for visitors to check with their rental company or accommodations provider to confirm reservations before traveling to the area since some properties were impacted and require repairs.  Also, please be mindful that many residents and businesses of the island have suffered significant impacts and are in the process of recovering so your patience and understanding is truly appreciated.

For updated information regarding access to Ocracoke Island, visit hydecountync.gov.

Debris Collection

Details regarding storm debris removal will be announced as soon as available. Dare County Emergency Management and Public Works are working with contractors to establish the guidelines and schedule.

Damage Assessments

Initial damage assessments indicate that approximately 4,000 properties throughout Dare County were impacted by the storm with an estimated $40 million in damages. These numbers will likely increase as damage assessment teams continue working in the field.

FEMA Information

Dare County is working with the State of North Carolina to provide information to ensure that everything is in place to pursue FEMA disaster assistance for individuals who have suffered loss. Even though eligibility for individual assistance has not been determined for Dare County, you may go ahead and complete a FEMA application to speed up the process once eligibility for assistance is determined.   For information on FEMA programs and to apply online visithttps://www.disasterassistance.gov/

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10/12/16

Dare County Emergency Management Bulletin – Updated Entry Information for Hatteras Island

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Bulletin #13
October 12, 2016 10:30 a.m.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has worked diligently to clear sand and water from NC Highway 12 on Hatteras Island and has indicated that conditions will soon allow for safe travel.

All Hatteras Island volunteer fire departments and emergency service personnel are working closely with Dare County Emergency Management to ensure that the necessary resources and infrastructure are in place in preparation for the arrival of visitors.

Based on current conditions, the Dare County Control Group has determined that visitors will be allowed access to the Villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon and Buxton beginning 7 a.m. on Thursday, October 13, 2016.

Previous restrictions remain in place for areas south of   Buxton Back Road and NC 12 (NC SR 1232 at Cape Hatteras Secondary School), including the villages of Frisco and Hatteras Village. Residents, non-resident property owners and non-resident employees of businesses with proper reentry passes will be allowed access.

It is important for visitors coming to unrestricted villages check with their rental company or accommodations provider to confirm reservations before traveling to the area since some properties were impacted and require repairs. Please be mindful that many residents and businesses of the island have suffered significant impacts and are in the process of recovering so your patience and understanding is truly appreciated.

Once the ferries from Hatteras Village to Ocracoke Island are operational, Hyde County officials have indicated there will be restricted access to Ocracoke Island. There will be no access for visitors to Ocracoke Island until further notice from Hyde County officials. Only those with proper identification as outlined by Hyde County will be allowed access to the ferry dock once ferries are up and running.

Please keep in mind that there is still sand and water on roadways and motorists should proceed with caution. Go slowly through standing water because creating wake will cause damage to vehicles and nearby properties.

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10/11/16

Dare County Emergency Management Bulletin – Restrictions Continue on Hatteras Island; Visitor Access is Open For Areas of Dare County North of Oregon Inlet

October 11, 2016 9:30  a.m.

The Dare County Control Group met this morning and has lifted all restrictions for areas of   Dare County north of Oregon Inlet, effective immediately. Restrictions remain in place for Hatteras Island.

Access North of Oregon Inlet

There are no restrictions currently in place for areas north of Oregon Inlet (Duck, Southern Shores, Martins Point, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Colington, Nags Head, Roanoke Island, and the Dare County mainland).

It is important for visitors to check with their rental company or accommodations provider to confirm reservations before traveling to the area since some homes were impacted and require repairs. There are also some areas still without power.

Please proceed with extreme caution in areas where there is sand, standing water on roadways and emergency crews are working. At the current time, crews are actively working on the causeway between Roanoke Island and Nags Head and on Dogwood Trail in Southern Shores.

Again, it is important to drive slowly through standing water because creating wake will   cause damage to vehicles and nearby properties. Power crews and NCDOT staff will be on   roadways working diligently to restore power and clear roads so please be courteous and patient to ensure their safety.

Restricted Access Remains for All Areas of Hatteras Island

Due to conditions that continue to exist on Hatteras Island, Priority Three Entry remains in effect for all areas of Hatteras Island. Access is limited to residents, non-resident property owners and non-resident employees of businesses with proper reentry passes.

Dare County Emergency Management and local officials will continue to monitor conditions on NC Highway 12 to determine when it is safe to allow entry for visitors. NCDOT crews are working to clear sand and water in the area between the Bonner Bridge and Rodanthe. There are significant impacts in the villages of Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village that are also being addressed.

  

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10/10/16

Dare County Emergency Management Announcement Regarding Priority 3 Entry for Non-Resident Property Owners and Non-Resident Employees of Businesses

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For Immediate Release 10/10/2016

Non-Resident Property Owners will be permitted entry to areas north of Oregon Inlet effective 2:00 PM today. This includes the Towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Colington, Nags Head, Roanoke Island and mainland Dare County.

Non-Resident Property Owners must show the “North of Oregon Inlet” reentry permit that was mailed to them by Emergency Management or have a current Dare County property tax receipt, which can be obtained online at the Dare County website www.darenc.com.

Non-resident employees of businesses will be allowed entry with a reentry pass. For information regarding re-entry passes and procedures for Dare County, visit www.darenc.com/reentry.

HATTERAS ISLAND – ACCESS INFORMATION

Restrictions for access to Hatteras Island remain in place. At this time, access is permitted only for the following – – –

Priority One – Essential Personnel – (Utilities, Government, Medical Personnel)
Priority Two – Permanent Residents & Essential Personnel for Critical Businesses
Hatteras Island Non-Resident Property Owners and Non-Resident Employees of Businesses will be allowed access to Hatteras Island effective 7:00 AM, Tuesday, October 11 with proper identification.

Non-Resident Property Owners will need to show their “South of Oregon Inlet” reentry permit or have a current Dare County property tax receipt. Non-resident employees of businesses will be allowed entry with a reentry pass.

Important Safety Notice For Those Accessing Hatteras Island – Use extreme caution traveling between the Bonner Bridge and Rodanthe due to large amounts of sand and water on NC Highway 12. NCDOT is working to address the situation. Until conditions improve, travel in this area should only be attempted in high profile 4-wheel drive vehicles.

We realize visitors are anxiously waiting to receive notice to enter Dare County. It is important for Dare County Emergency Management and local officials to ensure that infrastructure and services are in place to properly accommodate guests. Updates regarding visitor reentry will be announced as soon as a determination is made. No announcements are expected before Tuesday afternoon.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For updated information regarding the status of all roads and bridges in Dare County and across North Carolina, visit tims.ncdot.gov/tims or call 877.368.4968. For the most up to date information regarding the status of NC12, visit www.facebook.com/NCDOTNC12.

Residents and visitors can contact Dare County Emergency Management by calling 252.475.5655 or visiting www.darenc.com for updated information.

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10/10/16

Dare County Emergency Management Bulletin – Entry to Dare County Continues to be Restricted As Damage Assessments Are Being Made

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October 10, 2016 10:30 A.M.
Damage assessment teams are working to assess the conditions caused by Hurricane Matthew. Local officials are aware that property owners and visitors need access to the area and emergency crews are working diligently and access will be permitted as conditions improve and it can safely be done. For updated information visit www.darenc.com

Entry to Dare County and to Currituck County’s Outer Banks continues to be restricted. Significant portions of Dare County are still experiencing hazardous road conditions and power outages. Access to Dare County will be permitted only for the following – – –

Priority One – Essential Personnel – including essential personnel for utilities, government, medical and damage assessment.

Priority Two – Permanent Residents & Essential Personnel for Critical Businesses – Permanent Residents will be allowed reentry with a valid NC driver’s license with a local address or a current County property tax receipt.

Residents attempting travel between the Bonner Bridge and Rodanthe are advised to use extreme caution due to large amounts of sand and water on NC Highway 12. NCDOT is working to address the situation. Until conditions improve, only residents and essential personnel with permits should attempt to travel this area and do so only in high profile 4-wheel drive vehicles.

INFORMATION ABOUT CLOSURES AND SERVICES – – –

National Park Service
The National Park Service reports that there are no planned openings of any visitor services or facilities today, 10/10/16, for Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, or Wright Brothers National Memorial. Safety assessments were started yesterday afternoon, and work crews are on the grounds this morning to begin necessary clean-up and repairs. Services and facilities will reopen once clean-up and repairs are completed, and as staff are able to return to work.

Town of Duck
Sanitation pick-up has been changed from Monday, Oct. 10 to Tuesday, October 11. Recycling is occuring on Monday as scheduled. Duck Rd within Duck is passable, but many side roads are flooded. Duck Town offices are closed today, however damage assessment is underway.

Town of Kill Devil Hills
There will be no sanitation collections on Monday, October 10, 2016. Please do not place refuse carts at roadside until further notice. The Kill Devil Hills Town Hall and support offices and services will be closed on Monday, October 10, 2016, with the exception of essential and emergency response personnel. At this time, we anticipate following our regular business hours, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11, 2016. Hurricane Matthew has left behind a great deal of stormwater, high tides, and debris. Hazardous conditions still exist. On behalf of the Mayor and Board of Commissioners, please remain cautious and vigilant during this uncertain time.

Town of Nags Head
A few reminders from the Town of Nags Head – please continue to avoid travel, if possible operate all generators outdoors, check on your neighbors, the elderly, and the infirm

Trash Pickup
Residents and businesses that receive trash pickup service from Dare County Public Works are advised that trash will not be collected Monday.

Dare County Offices
All Dare County Offices are closed Monday.

Clerk of Court
The Dare County Clerks Office is closed Monday. Anyone needing to file may go to the Magistrates Office located at 1044 Driftwood Drive in Manteo (252) 475-9228. All questions or concerns may be directed to Dare County Clerk of Court Dean Tolson at (252)216-7114.

Dare County Transportation Department
Transportation services provided by the Dare County Transportation Department are cancelled for Monday.

Flu Clinic
The Flu Clinic scheduled for Tuesday morning at the Dare County Baum Center will be rescheduled for a date and time to be determined.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION –

For updated information regarding the status of all roads and bridges in Dare County and across North Carolina, visit tims.ncdot.gov/tims or call 877-368-4968. For the most up to date information regarding the status of NC12, visit www.facebook.com/NCDOTNC12.

Residents and visitors can contact Dare County Emergency Management by calling 252.475.5655 or visiting www.darenc.com for updated information.

The next Bulletin will be issued as needed but no later than 5:00 p.m. today
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10/9/16

Dare County Emergency Management Bulletin – Access Restricted to Dare County – All Motorists Urged to Stay Off Roads

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Bulletin  #6
October 9, 2016 12:00 p.m.

Access is Restricted to Dare County and All Motorists Are Urged To Stay Off Roads

Due to greater impacts than anticipated from the storm, access to Dare County is restricted. By order of the Dare County Control Group, entry to Dare County for all areas of Dare County and for Currituck County’s Outer Banks will be permitted only for the following — — —

Priority One — Essential Personnel

Including essential utilities personnel, government personnel, medical personnel, and damage assessment personnel.

Priority Two — Permanent Residents & Essential Personnel for Critical Businesses

Permanent Residents of Dare County and Currituck County’s Outer Banks will be allowed reentry with a valid NC driver’s license with a local address or a current County property tax receipt. Non-resident essential personnel of critical businesses will be permitted reentry only with a permit.

Although flood waters are beginning to subside, Dare County remains under a Tropical Storm Warning. Be aware that dangerous conditions continue to exist, including downed trees and power lines, standing flood waters and tropical storm force winds. Everyone in Dare County should stay off roads and avoid travel. If you have moved your vehicle to higher ground, please let it remain there until the winds subside.

When conditions permit, personnel from Dare County and the Towns will assess the damage. Downed trees and power lines have been reported throughout the county and there are widespread power outages. Power companies are working to restore service as soon as possible. To report outages — —

Dominion North Carolina Power 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357) or Dom.com

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative 1-866-511-9862

Tideland Electric 1-800-637-1079 or 252-943-3046

Town of Duck

Duck Public Safety urges residents to stay inside and off roadways.

Town of Kitty Hawk

The Town of Kitty Hawk currently has not experienced ocean over wash or sound side flooding. However, due to heavy rainfall many roadways and low lying areas are flooded. There is also debris in the roadways and widespread power outages. The Town is asking everyone in the area to remain indoors until conditions improve.

Town of Nags Head

The Town of Nags Head is asking people to stay inside their homes and off the roads as significant flooding and debris are making travel dangerous. Please remember that flood waters may contain hidden debris such as power lines and power poles.

Town of Southern Shores

Many streets in Southern Shores became flooded during the night due to storm water. Please do not attempt to drive on a flooded street if marked closed, if temporary traffic control devices have been placed, or until water has subsided.

Damaged trees and dangerous hanging limbs and branches pose a threat to persons driving or walking underneath. Southern Shores citizens are advised to stay off streets and roads until the storm has completely passed and the streets have been cleared.

In the aftermath of any storm which requires the removal of damaged or threatening trees from a private yard, before engaging any tree removal contractor please (1) ask for company contact information and confirm references, (2) ask for evidence of insurance, and (3) get several quotes from different companies. Please be wary of any “hard sale” or pressure techniques. It is recommended that any citizen discontinue dialogue if not comfortable.

National Park Service

The National Park Service reports that all visitor services and facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial remain closed until further notice.

For Additional Information —

For updated information regarding the status of all roads and bridges in Dare County and across North Carolina, visit tims.ncdot.gov/tims or call 877-368-4968. For the most up to date information regarding the status of NC12, visit www.facebook.com/NCDOTNC12.

Residents and visitors can contact Dare County Emergency Management by calling 252.475.5655 or visiting www.darenc.com for updated information.

The next Bulletin will be issued as needed but no later than 7 p.m. Sunday.

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10/9/16

Dare County Emergency Management Bulletin – Dangerous Road Conditions Expected Through Sunday Evening With Continued High Winds, Significant Flooding and Rain

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Bulletin #5
October 9, 2016   5:30 a.m.

The most recent forecast from the National Weather Service indicates that high winds reaching near hurricane force, significant flooding, and rain will continue through early Sunday evening and create dangerous conditions. Soundside flooding will continue until winds subside later today. Everyone is advised to remain indoors and do not attempt to drive until conditions improve.

Overnight, flooding has caused dangerous road conditions prompting the closure of roads throughout Dare County, including Highway 12 from the intersection at NC 1243 (Bodie Island) south to Rodanthe and portions of Highway 12 from Southern Shores to Duck. Other closures included portions of Gull Street in Nags Head, some roadways in downtown Manteo, and portions of Colington Road and Ocean Acres Drive in Kill Devil Hills.

For the most up to date information regarding the status of NC12, visit www.facebook.com/NCDOTNC12. For updated   information regarding the status of all roads and bridges in Dare County and across North Carolina, visittims.ncdot.gov/tims or call 877-368-4968.

To report power outages:     

Dominion North Carolina Power 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357) or Dom.com

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative 1-866-511-9862

Tideland Electric 1-800-637-1079 or 252-943-3046

Residents and visitors can contact Dare County Emergency Management by calling 252.475.5655 or visitwww.darenc.com for updated information.

The next Bulletin will be issued by 11 a.m.

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10/8/16

Dare County Emergency Management Bulletin – Prepare for Deteriorating Conditions Throughout the Weekend

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Bulletin #4
October 8, 2016 4:00 p.m.

Conditions on the Outer Banks are expected to deteriorate throughout the remainder of the weekend.   Extremely heavy rains, high coastal water levels, storm surge and flooding will result in dangerous and life threatening conditions.   Everyone is advised to stay indoors and travel to the area should be postponed until conditions improve.

The National Weather Service predicts rainfall to intensify throughout the night and combine with tropical storm force winds that will continue through Sunday.   In the event winds exceed 50 mph, ambulance crews may not be able to respond to calls for help.

The forecast indicates that soundside flooding of up to 4 feet above ground is possible for areas prone to flooding, primarily on Hatteras Island.   The combination of storm surge and flooding from the ocean and the sounds will combine with heavy rains to cause conditions that should be taken seriously.

As conditions deteriorate, road closures and travel restrictions are anticipated in Dare County, particularly for portions of Highway 12 on Hatteras Island.

Dare County Emergency Management urges everyone to closely monitor the storm because any changes in the forecast can impact local conditions.   Due to the high threat of rip currents and rough seas, everyone is advised to stay out of the ocean.

National Park Service

The National Park Service reports that all visitor services and facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial remain closed until further notice.

Town of Duck

The Town of Duck asks that residents and visitors  keep  trash and recycling bins  under, against or inside your house to prevent added debris on roadways (DO NOT LEAVE BINS ON CURB).

Town of Southern Shores

Citizens are encouraged to stay indoors, and extreme caution is urged if driving is absolutely necessary. Please avoid any areas on streets and highways that have a history of flooding. Be aware of the potential for sound-side flooding and ocean over-wash. Be prepared for possible power outages. In the case of high winds, please do not go outside and walk under tree canopies until winds subside and the storm has completely passed.

In the aftermath of any storm which requires the removal of damaged or threatening trees from a private yard, before engaging any tree removal contractor, please (1) ask for company contact information and confirm references, (2) ask for evidence of insurance, and (3) get several quotes from different companies. Please be wary of any “hard sale” or pressure techniques.

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative is ready to respond if Hurricane Matthew causes power outages on Hatteras Island this weekend.   CHEC crews stand ready with prepared equipment and vehicles. The Cooperative has also staged a bucket truck and line crew in Hatteras Village in case Highway 12 becomes impassable.   Hatteras Island residents and visitors should report all power outages to the Cooperative’s outage reporting number, 866-511-9862.   If necessary, updates will be posted to CHEC’s Facebook and Twitter pages and broadcast on Radio Hatteras, 99.9 FM and 101.5 FM.

Dominion North Carolina Power

Dominion is prepared for a potentially busy weekend and extra crews are working through the weekend.   Power Outages should be reported to Dom.com or 1-866-DOM-HELP
(1-866-366-4357)

Helpful Contact Information

Dominion North Carolina Power 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357) or Dom.com

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative 1-866-511-9862

Tideland Electric 1-800-637-1079 or 252-943-3046

For Additional Information —

To receive email updates directly from Dare County Emergency Management, register online at www.darecountyem.comand follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

To stay up to date with the latest weather and traffic conditions in Dare County, download the free Ready NC App atwww.readync.org.

For information regarding the status of roads and bridges, visit tims.ncdot.gov/tims or call 877-368-4968.   For the most up to date information regarding the status of NC12, visit www.facebook.com/NCDOTNC12.

View the latest watches, warnings and advisories from the National Weather Service at  www.weather.gov/mhx.

Residents and visitors can contact Dare County Emergency Management by calling 252.475.5655 or visitingwww.darenc.com for updated information.

The next Bulletin will be issued as needed, no later than Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m.

 

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10/8/16

Dare County Emergency Management Bulletin – Heavy Rain and Wind Will Make for Dangerous Conditions this Weekend

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Bulletin #3
October 8, 2016 11:30 a.m.

Extremely heavy rains combined with high coastal water levels, storm surge and flooding are expected to cause dangerous and life threatening conditions this weekend on the Outer Banks.   The National Weather Service is highly discouraging travel across northeastern North Carolina this weekend.   Travel to the area should be postponed until conditions improve.

Rainfall is predicted to intensify throughout the day and combine with sustained winds up to 55 mph causing dangerous travel conditions through Sunday.   In the event winds exceed 50 mph, ambulance crews may not be able to respond to calls for help.

The National Weather Service indicates that soundside flooding of up to 4 feet above ground is possible for areas prone to flooding, primarily on Hatteras Island.   The combination of storm surge and flooding from the ocean and the sounds will combine with heavy rains to cause conditions that should be taken seriously.

As conditions deteriorate, road closures and travel restrictions are anticipated in Dare County, particularly for portions of Highway 12 on Hatteras Island.

Dare County Emergency Management urges everyone to closely monitor the storm because conditions could worsen and intensify based on the track of Hurricane Matthew.

All residents and visitors are advised to heed the following warnings —

  • If you are in a low-lying area, or an area prone to flooding, relocate to higher ground. This is especially important for those with special medical needs.
  • Residents in low-lying areas should take action to protect personal property by moving to higher ground.   This includes vehicles.
  • Immediately complete your disaster preparedness kits and other safety preparations including securing all outdoor items such as trash cans and lawn furniture.
  • Stay out of the ocean due to the high threat of rip currents and rough seas.
  • Monitor trusted sources of information for life saving alerts. NOAA Weather Radio is an excellent resource for emergency alerts.

For information regarding road conditions and closures, visit tims.ncdot.gov/tims. For the most up to date information regarding the status of NC12, visit www.facebook.com/NCDOTNC12.

National Park Service

The National Park Service reports that all visitor services and facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial remain closed until further notice.

For Additional Information —

To receive email updates directly from Dare County Emergency Management, register online at www.darecountyem.comand follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

To stay up to date with the latest weather and traffic conditions in Dare County, download the free Ready NC App atwww.readync.org.

View the latest watches, warnings and advisories from the National Weather Service at  www.weather.gov/mhx.

Residents and visitors can contact Dare County Emergency Management by calling 252.475.5655 or visitingwww.darenc.com for updated information.

The next Bulletin will be released by 4:00 p.m. Saturday, October 8, 2016