09/5/19

Dorian Will Bring Life-Threatening Impacts; Evacuate Now; Curfews Established; No Entry To Dare County at 8:00 p.m. Thursday

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For Immediate Release

September 5, 2019, 10:00 a.m.
Contact: Dare County Emergency Management, 252.475.5655

Hurricane Dorian Bulletin #5

Dorian Will Bring Life-Threatening Impacts; Evacuate Now; Curfews Established; No Entry To Dare County at 8:00 p.m. Thursday

The window of opportunity for evacuation is closing. Dare County Emergency Management strongly warns everyone to evacuate immediately to ensure the safety of you and your family.

North Carolina Emergency Management has opened shelters in other areas of the state, including pet-friendly locations. For updated shelter information, visit https://www.ncdps.gov/storm-shelters. There are no emergency shelters in Dare County.

Storm surge from ocean and soundside flooding is now estimated at four to seven feet above the ground, not including wave action. According to the National Weather Service, there will be periods of rapid water rise from the soundside as the storm passes, possibly into Friday evening.

There will be no access into Dare County beginning 8:00 p.m. on Thursday.

Curfews have been established for all areas of Dare County except the Town of Kitty Hawk beginning at 8:00 p.m. Thursday through noon on Friday. This curfew may be extended based on conditions. No curfews have been established for the Town of Kitty Hawk.

Hurricane Dorian will bring life-threatening impacts to Dare County.  Extreme ocean and soundside flooding, heavy rain and hurricane force winds are forecasted.  Roads will become unsafe for travel and some areas will become inaccessible. Highway 12 on Hatteras Island is especially vulnerable to flooding and will likely become compromised and impassable.

Power outages are likely for an extended period of time. To view storm surge estimates for your particular area, visit the National Hurricane Center’s storm inundation map http://bit.ly/StormSurgeOBX. Rainfall totals are estimated at eight to ten inches with up to 15 locally in some areas. In addition, winds are expected to reach hurricane force at the height of the storm.

Dare County remains under a Hurricane Warning and a  Storm Surge Warning. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect through 8:00 p.m. Friday. A Tornado Watch is in effect through 7:00 p.m. Thursday. Monitor updated local weather forecasts, watches and warnings from the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/mhx.

The ban on ocean swimming remains in place until further notice. Stay out of the water as it is unsafe for even the most experienced swimmers.

The next update from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued when necessary to provide critical, storm-related information. Visit www.darenc.com/hurricanedorian for updated information from Dare County, the towns of Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head and Manteo, and the National Park Service, Outer Banks Group.

Subscribe to receive emergency alerts via text, email or phone from Dare County Emergency Management at www.DareNC.com/alerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

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09/5/19

Increased Threat of Storm Surge From Ocean & Sounds; Extreme Flooding & High Winds Will Bring Life-Threatening Conditions; Evacuate Now

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For Immediate Release

September 4, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Contact: Dare County Emergency Management, 252.475.5655

Hurricane Dorian Bulletin #4

Increased Threat of Storm Surge From Ocean & Sounds; Extreme Flooding & High Winds Will Bring Life-Threatening Conditions; Evacuate Now

Dare County remains under a Hurricane Warning and a Storm Surge Warning. A Flash Flood Watch will be in effect from 8:00 a.m. Thursday through 8:00 p.m. Friday. The current forecast brings storm force winds to the area beginning late Thursday. Residents and visitors who have not evacuated are strongly advised to make final preparations and leave before conditions deteriorate.

Hurricane Dorian is forecasted to bring life-threatening impacts including flooding, heavy rain and strong winds. Storm surge from ocean and soundside flooding is currently estimated at three to six feet above the ground, not including wave action. To view storm surge estimates for your particular area, visit the National Hurricane Center’s storm inundation map http://bit.ly/StormSurgeOBX. Rainfall totals are estimated at eight to ten inches with up to 15 inches in some areas. In addition, winds are expected to reach hurricane force at the height of the storm.

As stressed earlier, roads are expected to become impassable as the storm moves through late Thursday into Friday. Highway 12 on Hatteras Island is especially vulnerable to flooding and will likely become compromised and impassable as conditions worsen.

The implementation of curfews and any additional prohibitions and restrictions will be announced Thursday following updates from the National Weather Service.

North Carolina Emergency Management has opened shelters in other areas of the state, including pet-friendly locations. For updated shelter information, visit https://www.ncdps.gov/storm-shelters. There are no emergency shelters in Dare County.

The ban on ocean swimming will remain in place until the storm has passed. Stay out of the water as it is unsafe for even the most experienced swimmers.

All Dare County and town offices will be closed Thursday, September 5 and Friday, September 6. There will be no trash collection in any areas of the county on Thursday and Friday. Secure garbage and recycling cans at your home and business in addition to all other outdoor equipment, furniture, gas tanks and grills.

Monitor updated local weather forecasts from the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/mhx.

The next update from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued when necessary to provide critical, storm-related information. Visit www.darenc.com/hurricanedorian for updated information from Dare County, the towns of Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head and Manteo, and the National Park Service, Outer Banks Group.

Subscribe to receive emergency alerts via text, email or phone from Dare County Emergency Management at www.DareNC.com/alerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

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09/4/19

Dare County Prepares for Life-Threatening Conditions and Urges Prompt Evacuation; Curfews To Be Established

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For Immediate Release

September 4, 2019, 12:15 p.m.
Contact: Dare County Emergency Management, 252.475.5655

Hurricane Dorian Bulletin #3

Dare County Prepares for Life-Threatening Conditions and Urges Prompt Evacuation; Curfews To Be Established

Dare County is now under a Hurricane Warning and a Storm Surge Warning. Hurricane Dorian is a dangerous and serious threat for all of Dare County. The mandatory evacuation order remains in effect for all visitors and residents. Emergency Management strongly urges everyone to heed the warning and evacuate today. Those who do not evacuate should be prepared to sustain themselves for at least 72 hours. Emergency personnel will not be able to respond to calls for help during the flooding and high winds that are expected during this storm.

The risk of life-threatening storm surge, ocean overwash, soundside flooding, heavy rainfall and high winds will make roadways impassable, possibly for days or longer. Highway 12 on Hatteras Island is especially vulnerable to flooding and will likely become compromised and impassable as conditions deteriorate.

The Dare County Control Group met this morning and determined that curfews will be needed to ensure public safety. Exact timing for implementation of curfews and any additional prohibitions and restrictions will be made after considering updates from the National Weather Service later today and Thursday.

North Carolina Emergency Management has opened shelters in other areas of the state, including locations that are pet-friendly. For updated shelter information, visit https://www.ncdps.gov/storm-shelters. There are no emergency shelters in Dare County.

The ban on ocean swimming will remain in place until the storm has passed. Stay out of the water as it is unsafe for even the most experienced swimmers.

Dare County 

Dare County offices close at 12:00 p.m. today.

Garbage collection is cancelled until further notice.

All Criminal, Civil and Magistrates Court scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday have been cancelled. New court dates will be scheduled and notifications sent out on or after Monday, September 9. To view your new court date and sign up for alerts you can check the web at https://www.nccourts.gov/court-dates after Monday September 9.

The Dare County Libraries in Hatteras, Manteo and Kill Devil Hills will close at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday and will remain closed until further notice. Please note that no overdue fines will be charged on any materials for days the libraries are closed. If we have requested materials waiting for customer pick up, we will continue to hold them for the first three business days after we reopen.

Please do not use the book drops outside the Dare County Libraries, or at Southern Shores Town Hall, Nags Head Town Hall, Fessenden Center in Buxton or Rodanthe. During a storm, wind-driven rain can damage library books and other materials placed inside a book drop.

Town of Manteo 

Manteo Town Hall will be closing at noon on Wednesday, September 4th, in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian. Rest assured that Town staff will be working diligently behind the scenes to prepare for this storm event and to provide essential services.

The regular meeting of the Town of Manteo Board of Commissioners scheduled for September 4 has been postponed until further notice due to Hurricane Dorian. A new date for the meeting will be published on the Town website and social media after the emergency weather situation has passed.

In anticipation of Hurricane Dorian and closure of the waste transfer station, the Town of Manteo is canceling sanitation service on Thursday, September 5. The Town expects to resume sanitation service on Monday, September 9, unless storm impacts are significant.

The Farmers Market in downtown Manteo has been canceled on Saturday, September 7 due to anticipated impacts from Hurricane Dorian. The Farmers Market is expected to return on September 14.

Town of Nags Head

Nags Head offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, September 5 and 6.  Essential services such as police and fire protection will continue to be provided until conditions put the safety of first responders at risk.

Trash and recycling carts on Nags Head’s blue sanitation route will be emptied today, Wednesday, September 4 instead of on Friday, September 6. Please do not set your trash or recycling carts out to be emptied anytime after the Wednesday collection as they could float or blow into the street or highway.

The Town asks that homeowners and business owners takes steps to secure all outdoor equipment and/or furniture, including gas tanks and propane grills.

Kill Devil Hills

The Town of Kill Devil Hills offices will close at 5:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, September 4. Offices will remain closed through Friday, September 6.

Upon completion of today’s adjusted refuse collection, of the East-side of US 158, all refuse collections will be suspended. Please do not roll out any refuse containers after today’s collection. Secure all refuse containers on your property.  Be sure to tie down or bring inside any unsecured lawn items.

The Recycle Center and Dry Trash Drop will close at 4:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, September 4 and will remain closed through Friday, September 6.

Please heed the warnings from local officials and take precautions to ensure your safety and the protection of your property.

Town of Kitty Hawk

The Town of Kitty Hawk is still under a State of Emergency and continues to prepare for Hurricane Dorian. All visitors and residents are encouraged to heed the mandatory evacuation orders in place. Please be reminded that Emergency Personnel will not be able to respond when conditions worsen. Currently there are no entry/exit restrictions in or out of the Town.

There will be no trash collection until further notice. Roll in your trash cans and make sure they are secured along with other loose items. Please do not leave your trash can in the right-of-way.

Town offices are closed until further notice. Town parks and Kitty Hawk Bath House will close this afternoon.

The Kitty Hawk Town Council Meeting scheduled for Monday, September 9 has been rescheduled for Monday, September 16 at 6:00 p.m.

The Town encourages you to take every measure to ensure the safety of your property, loved ones and pets.

Town of Southern Shores

The Town of Southern Shores is open for business as usual today until 5:00 p.m., September 4.

Town Hall will be closed beginning Thursday, September 5.

There will be no trash collection on Friday, September 6.Residents and businesses are encouraged to secure their cans and dumpsters.

Town of Duck

The Town of Duck declared a state of emergency on September 3.

Please secure all outdoor items including trash and recycling cans, grills, lawn ornaments, and outdoor furniture.

There will be NO trash collection on Friday, September 6.  Collection is expected to resume Monday, September 9.

Visitors should take all belongings with them as there is no way to know when reentry will occur.

The Town office will close today, September 4 at 12:00 p.m. The office will be closed Thursday, September 5 and Friday, September 6.

Agenda items planned for the September 4 Town Council meeting will be moved to the scheduled October 2 meeting.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

All visitor centers, facilities and off-road vehicle ramps and routes remain closed until further notice. Visitor services and facilities will reopen post-storm after assessments are completed.

Additional Information

For updated information from Dare County Emergency Management, the towns and the National Park Service, visit www.darenc.com/hurricanedorian.

Subscribe to receive emergency alerts via text, email or phone directly from Dare County Emergency Management at www.DareNC.com/alerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

Monitor updated local weather forecasts from the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/mhx.

The next update from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued on Wednesday, September 4 no later than 6:00 p.m.

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09/3/19

Hurricane Watch in Effect; Make Final Storm Preparations for Evacuation

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For Immediate Release

September 3, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
Contact: Dare County Emergency Management, 252.475.5655

Hurricane Dorian Bulletin #2

Hurricane Watch in Effect; Make Final Storm Preparations for Evacuation

Dare County is under a Hurricane Watch and all areas of the County remain under a State of Emergency with mandatory evacuation orders in effect.

Visitors who have not yet evacuated should make final preparations and leave prior to sunset today.

A mandatory evacuation order for residents goes into effect at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, September 4).

Confidence continues to increase that serious, life-threatening impacts from Hurricane Dorian will reach the area later this week. The time to make final preparations and evacuate is now.

The State of North Carolina will be opening shelters and locations will be available at readync.org or the ReadyNC app.

There is currently unrestricted access to Dare County and there will be no restrictions through Wednesday to allow final preparations to be made.

As the storm approaches, high winds, flooding from storm surge and heavy rainfall may lead to unsafe road conditions and closures. Emergency responders will be unable to respond to calls for assistance when conditions put their safety at risk.

Restrictions on ocean swimming are in place 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.

Evacuation Transportation Available for Those without Access to Vehicles

Transportation is available on Wednesday, September 4 to a shelter in Rocky Mount, NC for Dare County residents who do not have access to transportation.  Individuals evacuating on the buses need to bring clothing and medications for seven days.

Shelters are available for dogs and cats. Owners can transport these pets on the buses. Pets are required to be in kennels. Owners need to bring their pet’s vaccination records with them.

The details are as follows:

Hatteras Island

  • Bus will be at Cape Hatteras Elementary School from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • The bus will leave at 12:30 p.m.
  • Transportation to Cape Hatteras Elementary School is available from Dare County Transportation System until 9:30 a.m.

Roanoke Island & Northern Beaches

  • A bus will be at the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau located at One Visitors Center Circle in Manteo off Highway 64 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • The bus will leave at 2:00 p.m.
  • Transportation to the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau is available from Dare County Transportation System until 12:00 p.m.

Contact the Dare County Transportation System at 252.475.5640 to arrange transportation to departure points. Staff is available on Tuesday until 9:00 p.m. and will be available beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 4.

Dare County 

Dare County offices will close at 12:00 p.m. on  Wednesday, September 3.

Commercial trash collection will be on the regular schedule for Wednesday, September 4.

There will be no collection after Wednesday until the storm has passed.

Residents and businesses are encouraged to secure their cans and dumpsters.

Town of Manteo 

The regular meeting of the Town of Manteo Board of Commissioners scheduled for September 4 has been postponed until further notice due to Hurricane Dorian. A new date for the meeting will be published on the Town website and social media after the emergency weather situation has passed.

Town of Nags Head

Nags Head’s Board of Commissioners meeting, originally scheduled for Wednesday, September 4 will be postponed to Monday, September 16 at 9 a.m.

Trash and recycling carts on Nags Head’s blue sanitation route will be emptied tomorrow, Wednesday, September 4 instead of on Friday, September 6. Please do not set your trash or recycling carts out to be emptied anytime after the Wednesday collection as they could float or blow into the street or highway.

The Town asks that homeowners and business owners takes steps to secure all outdoor equipment and/or furniture, including gas tanks and propane grills.

Kill Devil Hills

The Town of Kill Devil Hills is open for business as usual today, September 3. The Town Hall will open at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow, September 4.

Regular refuse collections West of US 158 will continue through today, Tuesday, September 3. An adjusted refuse collection East of US 158 will be made Wednesday, September 4. Due to the impending effects of Hurricane Dorian, all refuse collections following Wednesday’s adjusted East-side collection will be postponed until the beginning of the week of Monday, September 9.

The Recycle Center and Dry Trash Drop will operate on a normal schedule, closing at 4:00 p.m., today, Tuesday, September 3. The Centers will re-open at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, September 4.

Also in preparation of the upcoming storm, please make sure all refuse containers are secure, once the collections have been made. Be sure to tie down or bring in any unsecured lawn items.

Town of Kitty Hawk

The Town of Kitty Hawk has declared a State of Emergency and has begun to prepare for Hurricane Dorian. All visitors and residents are encouraged to heed the mandatory evacuation orders in place. Please be reminded that Emergency Personnel will not be able to respond when conditions worsen.

Commercial Trash Collection will take place as scheduled on Wednesday, September 4. There will be NO residential trash collection in Kitty Hawk on Thursday, September 5 and no further trash collection until weather permits. Please roll in your trash cans and make sure they are secured along with other loose items. Please do not leave your trash can in the right-of-way.

Town offices will be closed beginning Wednesday, September 4.

The Recycle Center is now closed and will remain closed for the remainder of the week. Windgrass Circle Park, Sandy Run Park and the Kitty Hawk Bath House will close the afternoon, Wednesday, September 4 until further notice.

The Kitty Hawk Town Council Meeting scheduled for Monday, September 9 has been rescheduled for Monday, September 16 at 6:00 pm.

The Town encourages you to take every measure to ensure the safety of your property, loved ones and pet

Town of Southern Shores

Recycling will be collected as scheduled in Southern Shores on Wednesday, September 4.

Town of Duck

All events cancelled this week.

The Town Council Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 4 is postponed until further notice.

No trash collection Friday, September 6. Collection is expected to resume Monday, September 9.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial suspended all visitor services beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, September 3. According to current forecasts, it is likely that Hurricane Dorian will impact the parks in the coming days.

Additionally:

  •       All visitor centers and facilities closed on September 2 and remain closed until further notice.
  •       All Off-Road Vehicle Ramps and Routes closed at 9 p.m. on September 2.
  •       September 2 was the last night for camping in Oregon Inlet, Cape Point, Frisco and Ocracoke Campgrounds.

Visitor services and facilities will reopen post-storm after assessments are completed.

 

Additional Information

Subscribe to receive emergency alerts via text, email or phone directly from Dare County Emergency Management at www.DareNC.com/alerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

Monitor updated local weather forecasts from the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/mhx.

The next update from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued on Wednesday, September 4 no later than 12:00 p.m.

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Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial will suspend all visitor services beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, September 3, 2019. According to current forecasts, it is likely that Hurricane Dorian will impact the parks in the coming days.

Additionally:

  • All visitor centers and facilities will close at normal hours on September 2ndand remain closed until further notice.
  • All Off-Road Vehicle Ramps and Routes will close to off-road vehicle access at 9 p.m. on September 2nd.
  • September 2ndis the last night for camping in Oregon Inlet, Cape Point, Frisco and Ocracoke Campgrounds.  All campers must vacate by 10 a.m. on September 3rd.

Visitor services and facilities will reopen post-storm after assessments are completed.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial will suspend all visitor services beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, September 3, 2019. According to current forecasts, it is likely that Hurricane Dorian will impact the parks in the coming days.

Additionally:

  • All visitor centers and facilities will close at normal hours on September 2ndand remain closed until further notice.
  • All Off-Road Vehicle Ramps and Routes will close to off-road vehicle access at 9 p.m. on September 2nd.
  • September 2ndis the last night for camping in Oregon Inlet, Cape Point, Frisco and Ocracoke Campgrounds.  All campers must vacate by 10 a.m. on September 3rd.

Visitor services and facilities will reopen post-storm after assessments are completed.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial will suspend all visitor services beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, September 3, 2019. According to current forecasts, it is likely that Hurricane Dorian will impact the parks in the coming days.

Additionally:

  • All visitor centers and facilities will close at normal hours on September 2ndand remain closed until further notice.
  • All Off-Road Vehicle Ramps and Routes will close to off-road vehicle access at 9 p.m. on September 2nd.
  • September 2ndis the last night for camping in Oregon Inlet, Cape Point, Frisco and Ocracoke Campgrounds.  All campers must vacate by 10 a.m. on September 3rd.

Visitor services and facilities will reopen post-storm after assessments are completed.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial will suspend all visitor services beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, September 3, 2019. According to current forecasts, it is likely that Hurricane Dorian will impact the parks in the coming days.

Additionally:

  • All visitor centers and facilities will close at normal hours on September 2ndand remain closed until further notice.
  • All Off-Road Vehicle Ramps and Routes will close to off-road vehicle access at 9 p.m. on September 2nd.
  • September 2ndis the last night for camping in Oregon Inlet, Cape Point, Frisco and Ocracoke Campgrounds.  All campers must vacate by 10 a.m. on September 3rd.

Visitor services and facilities will reopen post-storm after assessments are completed.


09/2/19

Mandatory Evacuation for Visitors and Residents Ordered in Advance of Hurricane Dorian

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For Immediate Release

September 2, 2019, 3:00 p.m.
Contact: Dare County Emergency Management, 252.475.5655

Hurricane Dorian Bulletin #1

Mandatory Evacuation for Dare County Visitors Effective 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3 and for Dare County Residents Effective 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 4

The Dare County Control Group met Monday afternoon to receive a briefing from the National Weather Service and to discuss actions necessary to ensure public safety across Dare County.  With confidence increasing that Dare County will see significant, life threatening impacts from Hurricane Dorian later this week, a state of emergency has been issued for all areas of Dare County including the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head,  Manteo and all unincorporated areas including Hatteras Island, Roanoke Island and the Dare mainland.

A mandatory evacuation has been issued for all Dare County visitors beginning Tuesday, September 3 at 12:00 p.m. A mandatory evacuation order for all Dare County residents becomes effective at 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 4.

Now is the time to make final preparations, secure property and evacuate. Visitors should evacuate with all personal belongings and follow instructions from their property management company.

The state of emergency includes restrictions on ocean 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.

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.

For preparedness tips and information, visit www.readync.org.

Please note that Dare County’s new online reentry permitting system is now in effect and reentry permits from previous years are no longer valid. Permanent residents may still 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 or apply for a permit, visit www.darenc.com/reentry.

Subscribe to receive emergency alerts via text, email or phone directly from Dare County Emergency Management at www.DareNC.com/alerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

Monitor updated local weather forecasts from the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/mhx.

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 for the Special Medical Needs registry. Offices will open at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3. For more information, visit www.darenc.com/specialmedicalneeds.

The next update from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued on Tuesday, September 3 no later than 4:00 p.m.

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09/20/18

Hatteras Island Fortunate, Shows Support for Coastal and Inland Neighbors

Surf or Sound Realty Hatteras Island Helping HandsIn the wake of Hurricane Florence’s near miss, Hatteras Island residents are counting their blessings.

Damage has been minimal here and we are all grateful to be back open and welcoming guests.  Everyone here appreciates the outpouring of support we have received and we are all looking for ways to help our southern and inland neighbors who are suffering from severe impacts of the storm.

While there are countless ways to help, here is a reputable organization who would be grateful for your support:


09/15/18

Staged Reentry Guidelines Announced for Hatteras Island

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Bulletin #11
September 15, 2018 2:05 p.m.
Joint Information Section: (252) 475-5655

Staged Reentry Guidelines Announced for Hatteras Island

State of Emergency Remains in Place

Reentry for Hatteras Island (including villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village)

  • Beginning Saturday, September 15 at 2:30 p.m., access for Priority Levels Two and Three (essential personnel, permanent residents, essential personnel for critical businesses, non-resident property owners and non-resident employees of non-critical businesses) will be allowed entry to Hatteras Island.
  • Priority One essential personnel are already being allowed.
  • Visitors will be allowed access to Hatteras Island beginning Sunday, September 16 at 3:00 p.m.

Please keep in mind that there is still standing water and sand along some areas of N.C. Highway 12. Proceed with caution and drive slowly through standing water as creating wake will cause damage to vehicles and nearby properties.

Reentry for Areas North of Oregon Inlet (including Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo, Roanoke Island and the Dare County mainland)

As announced previously –

  • Beginning Saturday, September 15 at 7:00 a.m. reentry for areas north of Oregon Inlet includes Priorities One, Two and Three.
  • Visitors will be allowed entry to areas north of Oregon Inlet beginning Sunday, September 16 at 7:00 a.m.

Reminders

For detailed information about the staged reentry process, visit www.darenc.com/reentry.

Those traveling to Dare County are advised to check road conditions for travel routes due to impacts being experienced in areas south and west of the Outer Banks.

A state of emergency remains in place for all of Dare County.  Ocean conditions remain hazardous and ocean swimming remains prohibited.

 

Information from Towns, NPS and Dare County Schools

National Park Service

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (north of Bonner Bridge), Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial will reopen visitor services and facilities on Sunday, September 16 at 9:00 am, following Dare County’s reentry notice for non-residents that begins at 7:00 am. Reopening plans for Cape Hatteras National Seashore visitor services and facilities located south of Bonner Bridge will be announced later today at www.nps.gov/caha. Status of off-road vehicle ramps and routes will be posted at http://go.nps.gov/beachaccess.

Dare County Schools

Monday, September 17 will be an optional teacher workday for teachers at the beach and in Manteo schools. Dare County Schools will plan to open schools in the Manteo, Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills and Kitty Hawk communities on Tuesday, September 18. Schools on Hatteras Island will be closed until further notice. Should weather-related conditions warrant a change in our current plan, you will be notified immediately.

Dare County

Dare County Offices will reopen on Monday, September 17 at 8:30 a.m. and all services, including garbage collection, will resume on a regular schedule.

Town of Southern Shores

Yard waste pick-up is on normal Town website-advertised schedule and protocols.

Trash pick-up is Monday as scheduled.

Town of Kitty Hawk

The Town is back to normal operations and offices will reopen on Monday at 8:30.

All Town beach accesses, parks and the bath house are open.

The Recycle center will resume regular hours on Monday and trash collection is also scheduled to take place on Monday.

 

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09/14/18

Reentry Guidelines Established for Areas North of Oregon Inlet

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Bulletin #10
September 14, 2018 10:35 a.m.
Joint Information Section: (252) 475-5655

Reentry Guidelines Established for Areas North of Oregon Inlet

Areas North of Oregon Inlet (including Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo, Roanoke Island and the Dare County mainland)

Dare County remains under a Hurricane Warning and a Storm Surge Warning that officials anticipate will remain in place through late today or Saturday due to the slow movement of Hurricane Florence.

Based on the warnings currently in place, reentry for areas north of Oregon Inlet will begin on Saturday, September 15 at 7:00 a.m for Priorities One, Two and Three. This includes essential personnel, permanent residents, essential personnel for critical businesses, non resident property owners and  non resident employees of non critical businesses.

Permanent Residents will be allowed reentry with a valid NC driver’s license with a local address or a current Dare County property tax bill or parcel data sheet. Non-resident essential personnel of critical businesses such as food service/supply, pharmacies, banks, gas stations, property management, building supply and hotels will be permitted reentry only with a permit.

It is anticipated that visitors will be allowed entry to areas north of Oregon Inlet beginning Sunday, September 16 at 7:00 a.m.

While the state of emergency is in effect and warnings from the National Weather Service remain, conditions may alter the reentry schedule.

Sign up to receive alerts directly from Dare County Emergency Management at www.darenc.com/emergencyalerts. Visit www.darenc.com/reentry for details on the staged reentry process.

Those traveling to Dare County should check road conditions for travel routes due to impacts being experienced in many areas south and west of the Outer Banks.

Hatteras Island (including villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village)

There is no access to Hatteras Island at this time. N.C. Highway 12 on Hatteras Island remains closed due to ocean overwash and will remain closed until NCDOT can clear the road and bridges of debris, inspect for structural damage, and make repairs as necessary. Inspections will take place as soon as conditions allow.

National Park Service

All visitor facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial remain closed. National Park Service teams are assessing conditions at all three national park sites.

Updated Information from Towns

Town of Duck
Residential recycling collection for Monday, September 17, is cancelled. Residential recycling service is expected to resume on Monday, September 24.

Town of Nags Head
The town experience minor overwash and all roads are passable.

Town of Kitty Hawk
The Town has some wind blown sand on NC 12. Ocean overwash has been minor and seems to be diminishing. The Police and Fire Departments report normal call volumes throughout the evening.

Town of Manteo
The administrative offices at Town Hall will be closed until Monday, September 17.

To help prevent damage to our businesses and homes, the Town of Manteo will be enforcing our “no wake” ordinance during and after this storm event.  Do not drive through flooded streets or in hazardous conditions and obey all traffic control measures. Turn around, don’t drown.

Please conserve water during periods of heavy rain and throughout the storm event. Avoid running dishwashers and clothes washers, limit the amount of water used for showering and when flushing the toilet. Make plans to complete the usage of dishwashers and clothes washers before the start of the storm.

The Town of Manteo Wastewater Treatment Plant is equipped with a generator capable of maintaining operations during an extended power outage.

Not all of the Town of Manteo sewer pump stations have permanent generators and sewer service may be unavailable during a loss of power in certain areas until temporary or utility power is restored.

Town of Southern Shores
For your personal safety and to allow clearing crews unhindered work space, please do not walk outside after the storm, especially on streets. Southern Shores’ streets are covered with tree limbs that when wind-twisted, become dangerous hanging projectiles until cleared.

Please be cognizant of debris pick-up protocols before any yard debris is moved, or before any other type of debris is moved to a public street. Yard debris generated by a non-declared storm must follow normal limb/branch pick up rules.  Property owners and residents on private streets should be cognizant of pick up protocols before any yard debris is moved.

Any owner of property adjacent to a public canal is responsible, by Town ordinance, for removal of trees and debris which fall from the property into the canal.

Be aware of hiring non-local transient workers seeking clean-up work. Be diligent – require and check two local references before hiring. Call local authorities if any discomfort.

Southern Shores was founded in a natural area – there is no central stormwater collection and disposal system for stormwater standing in open areas, including streets. Please remember it may take several days or more, for standing storm water to naturally infiltrate into the ground. Pumping storm water from a private property onto property of another-including public streets, is prohibited. Any mechanical collection of standing stormwater by a private property owner must also include legal disposal of the collected water.

Only in cases of extreme flooding of a public street and after the resulting stormwater shows no sign of natural infiltration after typical stand times for the particular water volumes, will the USEPA and NCDEQ permit the Town to consider removing and discharging stormwater (at a permitted location – “public trust ocean beach”) to allow emergency vehicles to safely pass on the public streets.

Staged Reentry Guidelines

Priority One: Essential Personnel

Essential personnel include essential utilities personnel, government personnel, medical personnel, and damage assessment personnel.

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 Dare County property tax bill or parcel data sheet. Non-resident essential personnel of critical businesses such as food service/supply, pharmacies, banks, gas stations, property management, building supply and hotels will be permitted reentry only with a permit.

Priority Three: Non-Resident Property Owners and Non-Resident Employees of Non-Critical Businesses

All Non-Resident Property Owner Permits with an April 1, 2018 expiration date remain valid until December 30, 2018.  Non-resident property owners will also be allowed reentry with a current tax bill or parcel data sheet with owner’s name matching current government issued id.

Non-resident employees of non-critical businesses will be allowed entry with a reentry pass issued by their employer.

Priority Four: General Public and Visitors

No reentry pass is needed for Priority Four.

The next update will be issued as needed.


09/14/18

Hurricane Florence Update as of 8:00 a.m. Friday

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Bulletin #9
September 14, 2018 7:42 a.m.
Joint Information Section: (252) 475-5655

Hurricane Florence Update as of 8:00 a.m. Friday

A hurricane warning and storm surge warning remain in effect for Dare County. Some areas, particularly N.C. Highway 12 on Hatteras Island, will continue to experience ocean overwash. Wind and rain are expected to continue. For updated weather information, visit www.weather.gov/mhx.

The mandatory evacuation for all residents and visitors remains in effect. Entry into the county is restricted and only those with a Priority One Critical Personnel Pass issued by Dare County Emergency Management or a Critical Needs Pass issued by Currituck County Emergency Management are allowed access.

Please stay out of the ocean. Swimming is prohibited throughout the county and conditions are  dangerous for even the most experienced swimmers.

North of Oregon Inlet

Starting this morning, damage assessment teams will be working to assess conditions and reentry guidelines will be established once conditions are deemed safe. As soon as reentry procedures are set, the information will be distributed via the county’s emergency notification system. Sign up to receive the alerts via text, voice or email at www.darenc.com/emergencyalerts.  Or visit www.darenc.com for updated information.

Hatteras Island

N.C. Highway 12 on Hatteras Island remains closed due to ocean overwash and will  remain closed until both the road and its bridges can be cleared of debris, inspected for structural damage, and repaired as necessary. Inspections will take place as soon as conditions allow.

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative reports that 97 customers on Hatteras Island are without power this morning.

The next update will be issued by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14.

 


09/13/18

Hurricane Florence Update as of 5 p.m. Thursday

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Bulletin #8
September 13, 2018 4:42 p.m.
Joint Information Section: (252) 475-5655

Hurricane Florence Update as of 5 p.m. Thursday

With Hurricane Florence expected to slow down as it makes landfall in southeast North Carolina tonight through early Friday morning, Dare County will continue to feel effects from the storm into Saturday morning, after the storm moves away.

Earlier today, NCDOT announced the closure of N.C. Highway 12 on Hatteras Island due to ocean overwash in several places. Water and sand cover the road near Rodanthe and in Avon, Buxton, and just north of Hatteras Village. The highway will likely remain closed through the duration of Hurricane Florence’s approach, as both the road and its bridges must be cleared of debris, inspected for structural damage, and repaired as necessary before they can be reopened. The inspections will take place as soon as conditions allow.

Two National Guard 4×4 ambulances and two humvees are stationed on Hatteras Island to assist Dare County EMS with calls for assistance. Each unit is staffed with two Army National Guard personnel.

Water service is available to all customers throughout the county. There have been no reported power outages.

The mandatory evacuation for all residents and visitors remains in place and entry into Dare County is restricted. Only those with a Priority One Critical Personnel Pass issued by Dare County Emergency Management or a Critical Needs Pass issued by Currituck County Emergency Management are currently allowed access.

Emergency Management recommends staying indoors and off roadways. Bands of heavy rain will reach the area and lead to dangerous driving conditions. With the storm surge warning still in effect, ocean overwash is expected to continue, particularly during periods of high tide.

Stay out of the ocean. Swimming is prohibited throughout the county and conditions are  dangerous for even the most experienced swimmers.

No decisions regarding reentry will be made before the storm passes. Damage assessment teams will be in the field as soon as conditions allow and conditions will dictate reentry procedures.

It is important to stay informed and monitor information from official sources.

Visit www.weather.gov/mhx for updated weather advisories and forecasts from the National Weather Service. Visit www.darenc.com for updated information. For updated road conditions from NCDOT, visit https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/.

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

The Dare County Emergency Operations Center is activated and can be reached at 252.475.5655.

Town of Duck
The Town of Duck administrative office will remain closed until further notice. Trash collection for the Town of Duck on Friday, September 14, is cancelled.  Residential trash service is expected to resume on Monday, September 17, if conditions allow.Residential recycling collection for Monday, September 17, is cancelled.  Residential recycling service is expected to resume on Monday, September 24.

Town of Southern Shores
Town Hall will be closed due to Hurricane Florence until Monday September 17.

AFTER ANY STORM PASSES –  Please do not walk outside, especially on streets. Southern Shores’ streets are covered with tree limbs that when wind-twisted, become dangerous hanging projectiles until cleared. Clearing crews begin work after storm has passed.

Town of Nags Head
The Outer Banks Hospital is open for emergency care. So far, Nags Head has  only experienced minor ocean overwash during high tide earlier today in the south end of town. There has been no reported loss of electrical service in Nags Head.Although roads have not yet been impacted due to flooding, we ask that everyone still remain in their homes at this time. Wind conditions in Nags Head can be found on the Jennette’s Pier website at ncaquariums.com/jennettes-pier-current-conditions.

Town of Manteo
The administrative offices at Town Hall will be closed until Monday, September 17.

To help prevent damage to our businesses and homes, the Town of Manteo will be enforcing our “no wake” ordinance during and after this storm event.  Do not drive through flooded streets or in hazardous conditions and obey all traffic control measures. Turn around, don’t drown.

Please conserve water during periods of heavy rain and throughout the storm event. Avoid running dishwashers and clothes washers, limit the amount of water used for showering and when flushing the toilet. Make plans to complete the usage of dishwashers and clothes washers before the start of the storm.

The Town of Manteo Wastewater Treatment Plant is equipped with a generator capable of maintaining operations during an extended power outage.

Not all of the Town of Manteo sewer pump stations have permanent generators and sewer service may be unavailable during a loss of power in certain areas until temporary or utility power is restored.=

The next update will be issued as needed but no later than 10 a.m. on Friday, September 14.