07/2/14

Hatteras Island Evacuation Issued for Thursday Morning

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

Bulletin #1 – Tropical Storm Arthur
July 2, 2014 6:00 pm

Mandatory Evacuation Ordered for Hatteras Island

The Dare County Control Group has issued a mandatory evacuation order for residents and visitors on Hatteras Island beginning at 5:00 a.m., Thursday, July 3, 2014. After 5:00 a.m. Thursday, no access will be allowed to Hatteras Island.

All Hatteras Island residents and visitors are advised to evacuate as expediently as possible during daylight hours on Thursday before the effects of Tropical Storm Arthur begin to bring high winds, rough seas, dangerous rip currents, and the potential for water and sand overwash on NC Highway 12.

A State of Emergency has been issued for all of Dare County with the only restriction being the mandatory evacuation of Hatteras Island.

Visitors should evacuate with all personal belongings and follow instructions offered by their property management company.

Those evacuating to areas north of Dare County are encouraged to travel 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.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hurricane Warning for all of Dare County which means the area should anticipate near hurricane conditions.

The Dare County Control Group serves as the decision making body for Emergency Management and consists of representatives of Dare County, the Sheriff’s Office, the National Park Service, and the towns of Duck, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Manteo, Nags Head, and Southern Shores.

Bulletins from the Joint Information Section will be issued as conditions warrant and the next scheduled update will be Thursday, July 3 by 10:00 a.m.

To receive email alerts directly from Dare County Emergency Management, visit www.darecountyem.com, and follow @DareCoEM on Twitter. The Dare County Emergency Operations Center will be operating throughout the storm and may be reached at 252-475-5655 or visit www.darenc.com for updated information.


07/2/14

Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry – Adjusted Schedule for Evacuation

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NCDOT PRESS RELEASE

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Hatteras Inlet Ferry Adjusts Thursday Schedule To Streamline Ocracoke Evacuation

Route To Shut Down When Weather Deteriorates

(MANNS HARBOR) – In order to ease backups at Ocracoke as residents and visitors evacuate the island in preparation for Tropical Storm Arthur, the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division has adjusted its Hatteras Inlet schedule for Thursday, July 3 to accommodate more departures in the morning and early afternoon. It is likely that weather will force a closure of the route at some point in the mid-afternoon Thursday.

The schedule for Thursday, July 3 is as follows:

Departing Ocracoke: 5 a.m., 6:25, 7:25, 8:45, 9:45, 11:05, 12:05 p.m., 1:25, 2:25, 3:45, and 4:45.

Departing Hatteras: 5:15 a.m., 6:15, 7:35, 8:35, 9:55, 10:55, 12:15 p.m., 1:15, 2:35, 3:35.

In addition, four boats will be put into service as “shuttles”, making unscheduled runs between Ocracoke and Hatteras to alleviate backups.

“According to the current forecast, conditions will begin to deteriorate rapidly by mid-afternoon,” said Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. “We strongly encourage Ocracoke residents and visitors to take advantage of these morning departures and evacuate the island as early as possible.”

Priority loading status will be waived on departures from Ocracoke until the evacuation order has lifted. Ocracoke residents and visitors may also choose to evacuate via ferry to either Cedar Island or Swan Quarter. Tolls have been waived for motorists departing Ocracoke on those routes.

***NCDOT***


11/14/12

Hatteras Island Travel Advisory for Thanksgiving Week

As of 7:00 p.m. November 14, 2012 Dare County and NCDOT have not provided an updated projection for the opening of NC-12 to non 4-wheel drive vehicles. However, given the current conditions, we are doubtful it will be in time for arrivals this weekend.

The Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route and the emergency Rodanthe-Stumpy Point ferry route continue to operate. However, reservations are required for the ferries from Swan Quarter and Cedar Island to Ocracoke and are limited. We strongly advise you to call to make a ferry reservation as soon as possible.

With increased occupancy for the holiday, we are expecting the wait for the Emergency Stumpy Point-Rodanthe ferry to be extensive for arriving guests this weekend and departing guests next week.

If you do not get a reservation on one of the Ocracoke ferries, please expect the wait at the Stumpy Point ferry to be lengthy. Come prepared with water, food, a full tank of gas and warm clothing and blankets.

Ferry information is available by calling 800-293-3779 (BY-FERRY) and pressing 1, or via Twitter at www.twitter.com/ncdot_ferry.

Four Wheel Drive Access to Hatteras Island:
Weather permitting, four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicles have access to Hatteras Island via NC-12. Drivers of four-wheel drive vehicles should expect a rough ride, which will include traveling over sand, damaged pavement and some water. On the sandy portions of the route, they will follow lane markers comprised of barrels, cones and/or flags.

NCDOT asks motorists to follow these important safety measures on the four-wheel drive access:

Only drive four-wheel drive vehicles with a high ground clearance. Cross-over four-wheel drive vehicles that are lower to the ground may get stuck in the rugged terrain;

If you drive at night, use extreme caution. There will be no lights staged along the route, so your vehicle’s headlights will offer the only way for you to see;

Drive slowly;

Pay close attention to the temporary traffic signals; and

All four-wheel drive vehicles are encouraged to lower tire pressure to minimize the chances of becoming stuck.

The four-wheel drive access is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Because of the hazardous driving conditions, Dare County first responders are escorting drivers before dawn and after dusk when the road is accessible to traffic.

For updates on four-wheel-drive access and progress on NC 12, visit www.NCDOT.org/travel/nc12recovery

Ferry schedule:

Ferry information is available by calling 800-293-3779 (BY-FERRY) and pressing 1, or via Twitter at www.twitter.com/ncdot_ferry.

Directions – Rodanthe Emergency Ferry Dock
Located at 23170 Myrna Peters Road in Rodanthe.
• Travel to Rodanthe on NC-12.
• Turn west onto Myrna Peters Road which is located just north of the Community Building in Rodanthe.

Directions to Stumpy Point Emergency Ferry Dock:
Located at 100 Log Storage Road, off Highway 264.

From Nags Head:
(If you are coming from the north, you might prefer to take our alternative route below so that you don’t need to go through the main Outer Banks, which is out of your way.)

• Take the Causeway towards Manteo and continue on Virginia Dare Bridge US-64/US-264 W to Manns Harbor.
• Turn left onto US-264 towards Stumpy Point
• Follow US-264 approximately 13 miles past the entrance to the village of Stumpy Point.
• Signs for emergency ferry service are posted to ferry entrance that will be on your left.

Alternate Route from I-64 in Chesapeake
• Take exit 291B for US-17 South, VA 168 South.
• Take exit 15B for US-17 South, keep right on US-17 South.
• Follow US-17 South into North Carolina.
• Take US-17 South by-pass around Elizabeth City.
• Continue on US-17 South to NC-37 South.
• Turn left on NC-37 South. (NC-37 South becomes NC-32 South.)
• Follow NC-32 South.
• Make left onto 94 South.
• Make right onto Benson Road.
• Turn left on US-64 East.
• Turn right onto US-264 towards Stumpy Point.
• Follow US-264 approximately 13 miles past the entrance to the village of Stumpy Point.
• Signs for emergency ferry service are posted to ferry entrance that will be on your left.

If Using I-95 is more Convenient for You

• Follow I-95 South to North Carolina and take Exit 138 for US-64 East toward Rocky Mount.
• Follow US-64 East through Williamston and Plymouth, NC.
• From Plymouth, NC keep going East
• Turn right onto US-264 towards Stumpy Point.
• Follow US-264 approximately 13 miles past the entrance to the village of Stumpy Point.
• Signs for emergency ferry service are posted to ferry entrance that will be on your left.

Ferry information is available by calling 800-293-3779 (BY-FERRY) and pressing 1, or via Twitter at www.twitter.com/ncdot_ferry.

If you would like to monitor Dare County update bulletins, visit www.darenc.com

NCDOT has a Twitter feed at: http://www.twitter.com/NCDOT

We will continue to update our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/surforsound.


11/14/12

Four-wheel Drive Access Reopened but Susceptible to Overwash

Provided by NCDOT
November 14, 2012

RALEIGH – Four-wheel drive access on Pea Island along N.C. 12 is open again, following closure due to ocean overwash this morning. Access is expected to be closed intermittently during upcoming storms, and could occur with very little advance notice due to rapidly changing weather conditions.

“Whenever we have high tides and strong winds, the possibility of dangerous traveling conditions due to overwash increases greatly,” said NCDOT Division Engineer Jerry Jennings. “NCDOT crews and contractors are working hard to restore N.C. 12, but we are at the mercy of the weather.”

The N.C. Department of Transportation advises motorists who plan on driving this stretch of road to call 511 or go to the department’s travel information website to check road conditions before they travel. They can also receive real-time travel information by following NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter/.

Drivers of four-wheel drive vehicles should expect a rough ride, which will include traveling over sand, damaged pavement and some water. On the sandy portions of the route, they will follow lane markers comprised of barrels, cones and/or flags.

NCDOT asks motorists to follow these important safety measures on the four-wheel drive access:

Only drive four-wheel drive vehicles with a high ground clearance. Cross-over four-wheel drive vehicles that are lower to the ground may get stuck in the rugged terrain;

If you drive at night, use extreme caution. There will be no lights staged along the route, so your vehicle’s headlights will offer the only way for you to see;

Drive slowly;

Pay close attention to the temporary traffic signals; and

All four-wheel drive vehicles are encouraged to lower tire pressure to minimize the chances of becoming stuck.

The four-wheel drive access is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Because of the hazardous driving conditions, Dare County first responders are escorting drivers before dawn and after dusk when the road is accessible to traffic.

Motorists are urged to “know before you go” about traffic conditions along the Outer Banks. For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter/.

Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone and bookmark it for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.


11/13/12

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Here at Surf or Sound Realty, we’d like to thank all of the dedicated men and women who work day and night to keep Hatteras Island accessible by ferry! We greatly appreciate the skillful efforts and sacrifices you are making to see that residents and visitors have the most pleasant ferry experience possible. THANK YOU!

Cheryl, our Vacation Specialist, delivering food to the ferry workers.

Cheryl, our Vacation Specialist, delivering food to ferry workers.


Ferry workers taking a well-deserved break to chat with Cheryl.

Ferry workers taking a well-deserved break to chat with Cheryl.


11/11/12

NCDOT re-opened NC 12 for four-wheeled drive vehicles to daylight hours only

RALEIGH – The four-wheeled drive only access area of N.C. 12 has re-opened for daylight travel only, following an early morning accident that killed one North Carolina Department of Transportation employee.

Because safety is NCDOT’s top priority, NC 12 access will be closed to traffic at dark. The area is remote, and current road conditions are more challenging to navigate at night. NCDOT is currently working with local officials to develop options for traveling along this stretch of N.C. 12 that will provide additional travel times. Until such options have been developed and approved, N.C. 12 will be open during the daylight hours for four-wheel drive vehicles only.

The emergency four-wheeled drive access route was re-opened to residents and visitors for the first time since the storm Saturday afternoon. It offers one lane in each direction, except at the temporary bridge and the Bonner Bridge, where it narrows to a single lane for vehicles traveling in both directions

37-year-old Michael Brad Stevenson was killed in the early morning accident, which occurred just south of the Oregon Inlet, on a section of N.C. 12 being repaired after Hurricane Sandy and the recent Nor’easter.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Stevenson family during this extremely difficult time,” said NCDOT Secretary Gene Conti. “The men and women who work to keep N.C. 12, and all of our highways, safe and open for travel are special people. When something like this happens, it hits all of us in the DOT family hard.”

Stevenson, a resident of Hertford, N.C., was a transportation worker in Pasquotank County and had worked for NCDOT for approximately 15 years. He is survived by his wife and their three children.

“Brad had worked for the department for over 15 years, ” said Jerry Jennings, Division 1 Engineer. “He was excellent equipment operator and a very loyal and dedicated employee – the kind of person everyone liked to work with.”

The accident took place in the early morning hours and involved Stevenson and one other NCDOT employee who was injured. Both were operating dump trucks. The State Highway Patrol is currently investigating.

In an abundance of caution, NCDOT officials, working with local authorities, have modified the hours that N.C. 12 will be open to four-wheel drive vehicles.

***NCDOT***


11/11/12

N.C. 12 Closed Until Further Notice

RALEIGH – N.C. 12 South of the Oregon Inlet is closed until further notice following a fatal accident in the work zone involving an NCDOT employee.

The name of the employee is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The accident occurred approximately south of the Bonner Bridge in an area where crews were working to remove sand in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the recent Nor’Easter that hit the Outer Banks.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol and NCDOT officials are investigating the accident. N.C. 12 will remain closed pending the outcome of the investigation.

No other details are available at this time.

NCDOT’s ferries are providing access to areas affected by the storms and their impacts in N.C. 12. For more information visitwww.ncdot.gov/ferry/ or call 1-800-293-3779.

***NCDOT***


11/11/12

Pea Island Now Open to Four-wheel Drive Vehicles


RALEIGH – Four-wheel drive vehicles are now traveling along N.C. 12 on Pea Island after N.C. Department of Transportation crews opened an emergency access route for them, starting at 12:00 p.m. today. This marks the first time NCDOT has opened the highway to residents and visitors since damage from Hurricane Sandy forced the closure of N.C. 12 from south of the Bonner Bridge to Rodanthe on Oct. 28.

The route (click here for a link to Google map of the route) offers one lane in each direction, except at the temporary bridge and the Bonner Bridge, where it narrows to a single lane for vehicles traveling in both directions. The department placed temporary traffic signals at each bridge to regulate traffic flow safely.

Drivers of four-wheel drive vehicles should expect a rough ride, which will include traveling over sand, damaged pavement and some water. On the sandy portions of the access route, motorists should follow makeshift lane markers comprised of barrels, cones and flags connected with orange protective fencing.

NCDOT asks motorists using the route to follow these important safety measures:
· Only four-wheel drive vehicles with a high ground clearance should use the route. Cross-over four-wheel drive vehicles that are lower to the ground may get stuck in the rugged terrain;
· If you drive at night, use extreme caution. There will be no lights staged along the route, so your vehicle’s headlights will offer the only way for you to see;
· Drive slowly; and
· Pay close attention to the temporary traffic signals.

Although N.C. 12 is open to four-wheel drive access, repair work on the highway continues in Kitty Hawk, the Bonner Bridge and across Pea Island. Heavy equipment and crews will work during daylight hours to fix the damaged pavement, move sand off the highway and reconstruct dunes. NCDOT urges motorists to be aware that are traveling through an active work zone and use caution to ensure that they, as well as construction crews, remain safe.

The department urges motorists to “know before you go” about travel conditions in eastern North Carolina. For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter. There are Twitter feeds for the northern coastal region, the southern coastal region and the ferry system. A list of NCDOT’s 18 Twitter feeds is available on the NCDOT website.

Valuable travel information is also available through the department’s other social media tools – Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, Storify, Pinterest and Instagram.
Additional resources are available on the NCDOT website:
• Traffic conditions/Advisories/Maps
• Hurricane evacuation tips and maps
• Ferry information
• 511, the state’s toll-free traffic line
• Safe driving tips

***NCDOT***


11/10/12

Mechanical Issue Forces Amended Schedule for Stumpy Point Emergency Ferry Route

RALEIGH – The emergency ferry route from Stumpy Point to Rodanthe will run on an amended schedule starting Sunday, November 11 because of a mechanical issue with one of the ferries.

The following schedule will go into effect at 6:00 Sunday morning:

Departing Stumpy Point: 6:00 a.m, 8:00a.m. 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m.

Departing Rodanthe: 7:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m, 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.

The Motor Vessel Hatteras suffered a mechanical breakdown Friday night, forcing it out of service. The vessel is currently at the NCDOT Ferry Division shipyard and repairs are underway.

Ferry information is available by calling 800-293-3779 (BY-FERRY) and pressing 1, or via Twitter.

***NCDOT***


11/9/12

Update on Four Wheel Drive Access to Hatteras Island

Provided by Dare County Emergency Management
12:11 p.m. November 9, 2012

Weather permitting, NCDOT anticipates opening one lane of the Bonner Bridge and NC 12 to allow four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicles access to Hatteras Island by noon on Saturday, November 10, 2012. Initially, vehicles will have only daytime access to one lane of the highway and Bonner Bridge, with signals alternating southbound and northbound travel. Portions of the roadway will be gravel or sand and four-wheel drive vehicles will be the ONLY vehicles allowed to access the route. Any vehicles attempting to drive this route that do not have 4WD will be turned away. All-wheel drive vehicles will not be allowed access to the route.

Four-wheel-drive vehicles utilizing this route are asked to be patient and exercise caution. Delays are expected. NCDOT will close the four-wheel-drive route from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for the first few days to ensure motorist safety overnight. Once crews open both lanes of the temporary bridge, four-wheel-drive traffic will be available 24 hours a day. The four-wheel-drive access will be contingent on impacts from impeding weather.

For updates on four-wheel-drive access and progress on NC 12, visit www.NCDOT.org/travel/nc12recovery