10/7/16

Dare County Emergency Management Bulletin – Matthew Continues to Threaten Dare County With Flooding From Ocean, Sound and Heavy Rainfall

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Bulletin #2
October 7, 2016 6:50 p.m.

The most recent forecast from the National Weather Service remains fairly consistent with the previous track, with a slight shift bringing the storm closer to our coast.   Dare County remains under a Tropical Storm Warning. The Storm Surge Watch has been extended further north along the oceanside and across portions of the southern Albemarle Sound. The combination of flooding from the ocean, sound and from heavy rains that is currently forecasted should be taken seriously.

The National Weather Service is highly discouraging travel across northeastern North Carolina this weekend.   As conditions deteriorate, road closures and travel restrictions are anticipated in Dare County, particularly for portions of Highway 12 on Hatteras Island.

Because of dangerous travel conditions, visitors scheduled to arrive this weekend are encouraged to postpone travel until conditions improve. 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.

The tropical storm force wind speeds forecasted for our area have increased slightly with the latest forecast and are expected to reach their peak Sunday morning. This leads to the potential for downed trees and power outages.

By 5:00 pm today, all visitor services and facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial will be closed until further notice.

The Dare County Libraries will be closed on Saturday.

Dare County Emergency Management strongly urges all residents and visitors 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.
  • Complete your disaster preparedness kits and other safety preparations now.
  • Stay out of the ocean due to the high threat of rip current.
  • Monitor trusted sources of information for life saving alerts. NOAA Weather Radio is an excellent resource for emergency alerts.

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 update will be issued on Saturday morning.

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10/7/16

Dare County Emergency Management Statement – Dare County Prepares for Dangerous Conditions

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October 7, 2016The Dare County Control Group met this morning to review the latest information from the National Weather Service concerning dangerous conditions that are expected this weekend due to Hurricane Matthew.

Dare County is now under a Tropical Storm Warning. According to the Weather Service, the combination of abnormally high coastal water levels, storm surge, and extremely heavy rainfall is expected to cause a dangerous and life threatening flooding event for the Outer Banks. The National Weather Service has indicated that we should expect ocean overwash in vulnerable areas. We should also expect soundside flooding of up to 4 feet above ground in areas prone to flooding, primarily on Hatteras Island.

The National Weather Service is highly discouraging travel across northeastern North Carolina this weekend. As conditions deteriorate, road closures and travel restrictions are anticipated in Dare County, particularly for portions of Highway 12 on Hatteras Island.

Because of dangerous travel conditions, visitors throughout Dare County are encouraged to depart today (Friday) and travel to the area should be postponed until conditions improve. 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 .

The latest forecast also calls for tropical storm force winds with potential for downed trees and power outages. Vulnerable homes and buildings near tall trees have the potential for downed trees falling on them.

By 5:00 pm today, all visitor services and facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial will be closed until further notice.

Dare County Emergency Management strongly urges all residents and visitors 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.

Complete your disaster preparedness kits and other safety preparations now.
Stay out of the ocean due to the high threat of rip current.

Monitor trusted sources of information for life saving alerts. NOAA Weather Radio is an excellent resource for emergency alerts.

To receive email updates directly from Dare County Emergency Management, register online atwww.darecountyem.com and 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 at www.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 visiting www.darenc.com for updated information.

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10/6/16

Dare Co. Emergency Management Statement – Locally Heavy Rainfall and Flash Flooding Expected This Weekend

October 6, 2016

2:30pm

No Travel Restrictions in Place or Anticipated with Matthew’s Current Track  

The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center continues to keep Hurricane Matthew south of the Outer Banks. Due to some uncertainty in the track for several days out, the local state of emergency declarations will remain in place to allow local officials the ability to implement protective actions should they become necessary. There are currently no travel restrictions or evacuation orders in place for Dare County and none are anticipated if the current track holds its course.

Locally heavy rainfall and flash flooding are the primary concerns associated with the storm as it moves up the east coast. The most recent forecast indicates rainfall totals from 4 to 8 inches. With water levels already running above normal, it will not take much for low lying areas to receive nuisance type flooding.   Very saturated ground may lead to downed trees and scattered power outages when winds increase late  Saturday  afternoon into  Sunday.

There will be minor to moderate storm surge flooding in areas prone to erosion and ocean overwash. The current forecast indicates that areas along the Pamlico Sound from Buxton south will be most prone to soundside flooding.

As heavy rain and winds begin to impact the area, driving conditions may become hazardous, especially along NC 12 and other roadways prone to flooding. If you encounter water covering the road – turn around, don’t drown. It is never safe to drive or walk through flood waters because  you will not know the depth of the water or the condition of the ground underneath. This is especially true at night, when vision is more limited.

The threat of rip currents will remain high through the weekend  indicating that the surf is dangerous for swimmers of all levels.

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

 ·   Subscribe to receive email updates from Dare County Emergency Management at  www.DareCountyEM.com  and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

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

 ·   For the most up to date information regarding the status of NC12, visit  www.facebook.com/NCDOTNC12.

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10/5/16

Dare Co. Emergency Mgmt Statement – Dare County Control Group Continues to Closely Monitor Hurricane Matthew

October 5, 2016
1:00 p.m.  

The Dare County Control Group met again this morning to review Hurricane Matthew.   The current forecast from the National Hurricane Center shows the storm tracking further south than previously predicted and away from Dare County. While this is an improved forecast for our area, it is too early to know for sure that this latest track will continue to hold its course.

Because of the uncertainty of the forecast, residents and visitors are urged to remain vigilant and continue to closely monitor the storm because even moderate changes in the projected path could lead to significant impacts for Dare County. The state of emergency declaration will remain in place in case conditions change and protective measures become necessary.

Dare County is already experiencing dangerous rip currents and rough surf conditions that are expected to continue. Dare County Emergency Management strongly urges everyone to stay out of the ocean.

Dare County Public Works is operating on a regular trash collection schedule. Because of the winds that are anticipated in the coming days, residents are asked to roll up and secure their garbage cans as quickly as possible after pickup to reduce the risk of injury and property damage.

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

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

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10/4/16

Dare County Emergency Mgmt statement – State of Emergency Issued for Dare County and Towns Following Control Group Meeting

STATEMENT ISSUED BY DARE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

10/4/2016
5:00 p.m.

A State of Emergency has been issued for Dare County and all six towns following a meeting of the Dare County Control Group Tuesday afternoon. The emergency declarations are effective immediately and allow local officials to implement protective measures – including issuance of mandatory evacuation orders – that may be necessary as the hurricane approaches.

While under the state of emergency, no reentry passes will be issued by Dare County Emergency Management.

Hurricane Matthew is a strong, dangerous storm that, on its current track, is expected to bring significant to catastrophic impacts to Dare County. It is important for residents and visitors to stay informed and take necessary steps now to protect property. Assemble or restock your supply kit with essential supplies to sustain your family and your pets for up to three days. Preparedness information is available at www.readync.org.

The Dare County Control Group will meet again on Wednesday to review updated forecast information and determine protective measures necessary to ensure public safety.

Be prepared to evacuate if the order is issued. For up to date information, register to receive email alerts directly from Dare County Emergency Management atwww.darecountyem.com and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

The next update from Emergency Management will be issued by 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5.

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10/3/16

Dare County Emergency Mgmt statement – Hurricane Matthew Heading to East Coast

Statement from Dare County Emergency Management

10/3/2016
2:37 p.m.

While forecast is uncertain, Dare County will see impacts

Dare County Emergency Management is closely monitoring the track of Hurricane Matthew and is asking residents and visitors to keep a close eye on the storm as it moves from the Caribbean towards the Atlantic over the next few days.

Hurricane Matthew is a large, powerful storm and while it is too early to determine its exact track or impacts for our area, current forecast models indicate that the Outer Banks will receive impacts.

Now is the time to prepare for a hurricane of this magnitude. Take your personal planning and preparations seriously — ensure that your emergency kit is properly stocked and that your emergency plan is ready to implement should protective actions become necessary.   For preparedness tips and information, visit www.readync.org.

If you or someone you know has special medical needs and may need assistance during an emergency, please call the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services, Social Services Division at 252.475.5500 to register.

Subscribe to receive email updates from Dare County Emergency Management atwww.DareCountyEM.com  and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

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

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10/1/15

Hurricane Jaoquin Update # 1

We are being watchful of Hurricane Joaquin and its potential impact to our area. Although the track and impact of the hurricane is uncertain at this point, we are preparing for the possibility of a hurricane making landfall in or near our area this weekend. Currently, we are experiencing a weather system for which we are under a flood watch with 4-7 inches of rain forecast by the end of the day on Saturday. Please be mindful of the weather and road conditions before traveling to or from Hatteras Island.

If you are currently staying with us or are due to arrive this weekend, updates have been sent to the leaseholder’s email address. Please refer to your trusted resources for weather information and road conditions. We have posted a few here for your convenience:

Dare County Emergency Management released their first bulletin this afternoon:

Hurricane Joaquin Update – 12:00 p.m., October 1

Dare County officials are closely monitoring the track of Hurricane Joaquin. The Dare County Control Group met this morning to review the latest information from the National Weather Service. With current forecast uncertainty, the Control Group will meet again on Friday morning, October 2 when the storm’s track and impacts for the Outer Banks are more accurately known.

A flood watch is in effect for Dare County through Saturday evening with 4 to 7 inches of rainfall expected. Based on the current forecast, tropical storm force winds may reach the area late Saturday evening bringing high winds, rough seas, and dangerous rip currents. Soundside flooding is also a possibility as the storm passes through the region.

It is important for residents and visitors to stay informed and begin taking necessary steps to protect property such as securing loose outdoor objects and boats. Assemble or restock your disaster supply kit with essential supplies to sustain your family and pets for up to three days. Preparedness information is available at www.ncready.org.

Dare County will continue to monitor conditions and provide periodic updates about Hurricane Joaquin. The next scheduled update will be Friday, October 2 at 11:30 a.m.

To receive e-mail alerts directly from Dare County Emergency Management, visit http://www.darecountyem.com and follow @DareCoEM on Twitter.

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07/6/14

Update from Surf or Sound Realty

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Good afternoon from Surf or Sound Realty!

Since the evacuation order was lifted yesterday afternoon, we have been welcoming guests onto the island at our offices and checking families into homes as they are ready. Although many of our homes sustained damage and are not habitable, we have been hard at work preparing the habitable homes for our guests.

At this time all of our homes have been inspected and all guests have received a preliminary contact. We are finishing up secondary contact for guests booked in homes that were inspected late last night. If you are due to arrive this weekend, please have your leaseholder check his/her email inbox for an email update. If they don’t have one already, they should have one within the hour.

Our offices are open as are our phone lines, but the call volume is extremely heavy so please be patient with us as most of our staff is out cleaning homes.

Although it has been a difficult few days we are enormously proud of our staff and thankful for the graciousness of our guests.

Your Friends at Surf or Sound Realty

 

 


07/5/14

Unrestricted Access to Hatteras Island at 4:00pm July 5

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DARE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Joint Information Center
Phone: 252-475-5655 Web: www.darecountyem.com Twitter: @DareCoEM

July 5, 2014 3:30 p.m.

Control Group Authorizes Unrestricted Access to Hatteras Island at 4:00 p.m.

The Dare County Control Group has authorized unrestricted Access to Hatteras Island effective today at 4:00 p.m. At that time, all residents, non-resident property owners, and visitors will be allowed unrestricted access to all of Hatteras Island including the Villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras.

In close coordination with NCDOT and other officials, the Dare County Control Group has been working to restore full access to Hatteras Island as quickly as possible. While there are some homes and businesses dealing with serious issues caused by Hurricane Arthur, it has been determined that the general level of conditions and infrastructure services available on Hatteras Island will be able to support unrestricted access as of 4:00 p.m. today.

NCDOT advises that there are pockets of sand and water remaining on Highway 12 in Hatteras Island. They have also established a single lane condition at the temporary bridge north of Rodanthe. This lane closure is controlled by a portable traffic signal, which may lead to some delays in this area. Motorists are urged to use extra caution.

 

For those Traveling to Ocracoke Island

Those traveling through Hatteras Island in order to gain access to Ocracoke Island should be aware that Hyde County may have reentry restrictions in place. Ocracoke information is available on the Hyde County website www.hydecountync.gov


07/5/14

Update from Surf or Sound Realty

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Good afternoon from Surf or Sound Realty!

We continue to work very hard to inspect and prepare homes for when the evacuation order is lifted. Currently only Hatteras Island residents and essential personnel are permitted on the island. We don’t yet know when Dare County will enable visitors to access the island, but we expect them to make an announcement soon.

We have begun to contact incoming guests using the leaseholder contact information regarding condition of homes. If your leaseholder has not been receiving any email updates from us, please email us at rent@surforsound.com and provide a better email address for us to use.

Here is the process:

  • We are emailing guests as we learn that the home is habitable.
  • We are calling guests as we learn that the home is not habitable due to damage from the storm. If we cannot reach the leaseholder on the phone, we will follow up with an email.
  • There are a few homes that we are unable to reach due to flood waters and unsafe conditions. Those guests are also being notified via email.

If you are scheduled to arrive this weekend, please do not begin your travels until you learn of the condition of your home and the county’s re-entry plans.

And keep in mind that we will still need to clean the homes. Expect check-in to be delayed a number of hours after access is restored.

We apologize immensely for the interruption in your valued vacation plans and hope to have you all enjoying your beach time very soon!