08/3/17

Timeframe for Complete Restoration of Power is 1 – 2 Days


For Immediate Release
August 3, 2017 11:45 a.m.
Contact Dare County Emergency Management 252.475.5655

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) continues working around the clock to restore power to Hatteras Island and as of Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. the timeframe for full restoration of power is 1 – 2 days.

Dare County officials are working closely with CHEC to coordinate the safe return of visitors as soon as possible. For the most up to date information regarding reentry, text “join hatteraspower” to 30890 to receive text message alerts or visit www.darenc.com.

To access information regarding power restoration efforts, visit www.chec.coop/ or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CapeHatterasElectricCoop/

A mandatory evacuation remains in place for visitors to Hatteras Island. Currently, Essential Personnel (Priority One), Permanent Residents & Essential Personnel for Critical Businesses (Priority Two), and Non-Resident Property Owners & Non-Resident Employees of Non-Critical Businesses (Priority Three) are allowed access to Hatteras Island with proper reentry credentials. Mandatory power conservation measures remain in effect for those on Hatteras Island.


08/2/17

Power Repair Update, Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Based on the progress being made to repair the power, we are hopeful that the evacuation will be lifted and access restored to the island by Saturday.

We thank our guests for their tremendous patience during this unprecedented event. We have had an outpouring of well wishes and we are grateful to each of you. We will continue to communicate with our guests via email as we receive more information, but here is a quick guide to try and alleviate immediate concerns.

Guests due to check-in this weekend: We are hopeful that you will be able to arrive for your vacations this weekend as planned. We will let you know as soon as an official announcement has been made.

Guests who are in the middle of a multi-week vacation: We are hopeful that you will be able to return to your vacation by Saturday.

Guests with arrival dates after August 6: We do not expect your vacation to be affected by this event.

Guests whose vacations were interrupted by this event and who purchased travel insurance: Please contact Travel Guard to file your claim at 1-877-249-5376.

Since the power outage occurred on Thursday morning, one office has been operating under independent generator power and we have been able to answer calls on those phones, however the call volume has been high and unfortunately some calls have been dropped, or callers have had difficulty hearing us. Please accept our apology if you experienced this while trying to reach us.


07/30/17

Dare County’s Mandatory Evacuation Remains in Place

07/30/2017 2:36 p.m.

Contact Dare County Emergency Management – 252.475.5655

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) announced today that testing indicates all three cables providing power to Hatteras Island were compromised when steel casing was accidently driven into the transmission system on Thursday morning, July 27.

State officials have been in constant communication with Dare County officials offering the full support of the State of North Carolina to solve this unprecedented complete loss of power delivery to Hatteras Island.  Both County and State officials are committed and working with CHEC to bring all resources possible to pursue both temporary and permanent repair solutions. According to Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson, with very limited service restored using portable generators, the priority now is to expand that capability to deliver a level of service that will allow visitors to return to the island as soon as possible.

For updated information from CHEC regarding power restoration, visit www.chec.coop/ or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CapeHatterasElectricCoop/

The mandatory evacuation for all visitors to Hatteras Island remains in effect and includes the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras.

Currently, Essential Personnel (Priority One), Permanent Residents & Essential Personnel for Critical Businesses (Priority Two), and Non-Resident Property Owners & Non-Resident Employees of Non-Critical Businesses (Priority Three) are allowed access to Hatteras Island with proper reentry credentials. Details regarding reentry procedures are available at darenc.com/reentry. As you approach the checkpoint north of the Bonner Bridge, please have your license, reentry pass, or tax bill readily available.

For those on Hatteras Island, it is important to remember that mandatory power and water conservation measures remain in effect. All Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) customers must remove air conditioning systems and hot tub heaters from the power grid by turning off system circuit breakers. In addition, mandatory water restrictions are in place prohibiting the filling of pools or hot tubs, the watering of lawns, and the watering of driveways or sidewalks for cleaning.

For any updates regarding the mandatory evacuation for Hatteras Island, visit www.darenc.com. Text “join hatteraspower” to 30890 to receive text message alerts.


07/29/17

Update from Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Buxton, NC 3:00pm – Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) continues restoration efforts in the wake of a transmission outage that was caused when PCL Construction accidently drove a steel casing into the cooperative’s underground transmission cable on Thursday morning, July 27.

Dare County has issued a mandatory evacuation of all non-residents on Hatteras Island, due to life safety issues from the loss of reliable electrical power.

CHEC will continue to supply temporary power through the Buxton diesel generators and portable generators until the transmission repairs are complete.

PCL Construction, CHEC and New River Construction, the cooperative’s transmission contractor, have worked to excavate the site of the incident. CHEC’s transmission system is three-phase, meaning there are three individual cables buried on the south side of the bridge. Crews have exposed one of the cables, revealing that it was severed by the steel casing (pictured here). Cooperative crews are working with New River Construction, to test the integrity of the other two cables, which remain buried underground, to ensure that only the one cable was damaged.

Once it is confirmed that only one of the three cables has been compromised, CHEC and New River Construction will move forward to splice the cable back together. There are several challenges to overcome before this can happen, as the damaged cable is missing about a two foot section.

PCL Construction, New River Construction and CHEC will continue to work around the clock until the repair is made. The cooperative will have a better timeframe for the repair, once it is confirmed that the other two cables have not been damaged. Weather permitting, crews will work to test these cables on Saturday afternoon.


07/29/17

Dare County Release: Mandatory Evacuation Remains in Effect

07/29/2017 11:57 a.m.

Contact: Dare County Emergency Management – 252.475.5655

The mandatory evacuation for all visitors to Hatteras Island remains in effect and includes the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras. Vacationers who have not yet evacuated should pack all belongings, check out with their accommodations provider and depart Hatteras Island as soon as possible.

Currently, Essential Personnel (Priority One), Permanent Residents & Essential Personnel for Critical Businesses (Priority Two), and Non-Resident Property Owners & Non-Resident Employees of Non-Critical Businesses (Priority Three) are allowed access to Hatteras Island with proper reentry credentials. Details regarding reentry procedures are available at darenc.com/reentry. As you approach the checkpoint north of the Bonner Bridge, please have your license, reentry pass, or tax bill readily available.

For those on Hatteras Island, it is important to remember that mandatory power and water conservation measures remain in effect. All Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) customers must remove air conditioning systems and hot tub heaters from the power grid by turning off system circuit breakers. In addition, mandatory water restrictions are in place prohibiting the filling of pools or hot tubs, the watering of lawns, and the watering of driveways or sidewalks for cleaning.

Dare County Emergency Management will continue to work with Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative to help facilitate the restoration of power to levels that will allow visitors to return.  At this time there is no estimate regarding the timeline for restoration of services to allow visitors to return.

For any updates regarding the mandatory evacuation for Hatteras Island, visit www.darenc.com. Text “join hatteraspower” to 30890 to receive text message alerts. For more information please visit www.darenc.com/hatteraspower.

For updated information from CHEC regarding power restoration, visit

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative website: http://www.chec.coop/

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CapeHatterasElectricCoop/


07/28/17

Dare County Department of Emergency Management Issues Mandatory Evacuation of Hatteras Island

For Immediate Release
July 28, 2017 8 p.m.
Contact:
Dorothy Hester, PIO
dorothy@darenc.com
252.473.8328 mobile

Due to life safety issues from the loss of reliable electrical power on Hatteras Island and growing uncertainty as to when repairs to the main transmission line will be completed to enable restoration of full power to the island, a mandatory evacuation has been issued for all visitors to Hatteras Island, effective at 6 a.m. on Saturday, July 29. This evacuation order includes the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras.
Residents, non-resident property owners, essential personnel, and non-resident employees of non-critical businesses will be allowed entry with proper reentry credentials.

This evacuation order does not include any areas north of Oregon Inlet. All areas north of Oregon Inlet remain open with no restrictions in place.

The state of emergency issued for Hatteras Island earlier today included the implementation of mandatory power conservation measures that will remain in place. All Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) customers must remove air conditioning systems and hot tub heaters from the power grid by turning off system circuit breakers. In addition, mandatory water restrictions have been issued prohibiting the filling of pools or hot tubs, the watering of lawns, and the watering of driveways or sidewalks for cleaning.

Dare County Emergency Management will continue to work with Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative to help facilitate the restoration of power to levels that will allow visitors to return. At this time there is no estimate regarding the timeline for full restoration of services. Updates regarding reentry for visitors will be provided as information is available.

For more information visit www.darenc.com/hatteraspower
For updated information from CHEC regarding power restoration, visit

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative website: http://www.chec.coop/

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CapeHatterasElectricCoop/

 

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07/28/17

Mandatory Power Conservation Measures for Hatteras Island

For Immediate Release
July 28, 2017 3:38 p.m.
Contact:
Dorothy Hester, PIO
dorothy@darenc.com
252.473.8328 mobile

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) has advised Dare County that mandatory power conservation measures are necessary to meet the essential needs of their customers. In response to this request, Dare County has issued a state of emergency for Hatteras Island requiring all CHEC customers to remove air conditioning systems and hot tub heaters from the power grid by turning off system circuit breakers.

No other mandatory restrictions are in place. All roads and bridges in Dare County remain open and there are no restrictions on travel to and from any areas of Dare County including Hatteras Island and the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras.  The mandatory evacuation order that Hyde County issued yesterday for visitors to Ocracoke Island does not include any areas of Hatteras Island.

There are no concerns about the quality of water that is being provided to the villages of Hatteras Island, however, the Dare County Water Department has issued a water conservation alert for Hatteras Island customers.  All residents and visitors are asked to conserve water as much as possible because the system’s water production capacity is diminished due to the power outage.

To reduce the risk of fire during this power outage, use flashlights or battery-operated lanterns instead of candles. Remember that portable generators should only be used outdoors.

For updates on power outages and rolling blackouts, visit

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative website: http://www.chec.coop/

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CapeHatterasElectricCoop/

Click here to view Power Outage Questions & Answers from the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau 

Click here to view the Emergency Declaration.

 

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07/21/17

Tips for Dolphin Watching on Hatteras Island

Dolphin Watching on Hatteras Island

Whether you’re on the comfortable deck of your oceanfront rental, or on the bow of a local tour boat, you’ll discover that there are plenty of opportunities to spot one of Hatteras Islands’ most popular residents – the local dolphins and porpoises. Frequently spotted cruising along the breakers or just off the island’s inlets, these playful and very friendly creatures are a fun surprise encounter during a vacation, and can provide some exciting photos and memories to take back home and share.

So how do you make a dolphin encounter part of your upcoming vacation? While luck plays a major role, there are some tips and tricks for dolphin-loving visitors who want to meet and greet with these friendly Hatteras Island locals.

What to Look for: Dolphins vs. Porpoises

Sometimes those dolphins you see cruising along the ocean or Pamlico Sound waters aren’t dolphins at all – they’re actually porpoises, which also have a large local population within the Outer Banks waters. So how do you tell the difference? Look at the fins!

A porpoise’s fin looks is triangular, while a dolphin fin is curved, or hooked, on the center of its back. If you get close enough, you can also tell by their faces – dolphins tend to have long noses or “beaks” as opposed to a porpoise’s smaller mouth and spade-shaped teeth.

Where to Go: A Dolphin Tour or Your Own Backyard

As interest in the local dolphins has skyrocketed, a number of local inshore and nearshore charter businesses have started to offer special “dolphin tours” which will take visitors out to the inlets, as well as the waters just off the island, in search of these friendly creatures. These tours are a great way to get close to the critters, as they often bump against the boat as a curious greeting, and can be a family-friendly activity that everyone in the party will find simply unforgettable. Try a cruise aboard the Miss Hatteras out of Hatteras Village.

Visitors who want to see the dolphins without any effort other than stepping outside or looking out the window can also consider renting an oceanfront home. Often, dolphins can be spotted just past the breakers on a clear day, and can be especially prevalent in the morning and evening hours when the beaches are uncrowded, and the feeding is at its best. For a chance to spot dozens of dolphins at once, aim for a fall, winter or spring vacation. One of the best surprises of wintertime on Hatteras Island is that the dolphins and porpoises are in full force along the beaches, and it’s not unusual to spot 6, 10, or even a dozen cruising past the beach in a single speedy pack.

What to Do: Appreciate from Afar and Break Out the Camera 

While porpoises can get angry if they feel threatened, dolphins are seemingly curious about the other critters that share their waters. This is why inshore tour companies often have close encounters with the local dolphins, who will circle and cruise around the passengers, providing some excellent photo ops. Keep your distance, and keep your hands to yourself, but be ready to start snapping once the dolphins appear. Gregarious, friendly, and almost always traveling in groups, a pod of dolphins can be one of the best photo ops you’ll find along Hatteras Island.

The best tip for spotting dolphins? Keep your eyes on the water. Because a dolphin or porpoise fin can peek out of the blue horizon at any time – often for just a couple seconds – staying vigilant will go a long way. And after a day of looking, if the only thing you see in the miles of ocean waters are gulls, pelicans, and endless blue terrain, then you can still rest easy knowing that, at the very least, you enjoyed a beautiful day at the beach.

 


05/25/17

Hatteras Island Bars and Nightlife

Turner’s High Moon Bar Handcrafted Cocktail

Bars on Hatteras Island

A good beach bar can set the stage for an unforgettable night on the town in this Southern Outer Banks vacation destination. And despite having a reputation as a refreshingly low-key collection of beach towns, the Hatteras Island nightlife scene is surprisingly varied, unexpected, and always fun.

In the prime summer months when the island is hopping, visitors can expect to find plenty of options to cater to any after-hours cravings. From big name and nationally recognized bands playing at oceanfront venues, to local musicians that have been charming island bar patrons for decades, the combination of great drinks and great music is more or less inherent in this Outer Banks region.

Koru Villages’ Beach Klub

The big bands can be found at the Papawack Theatre at the Koru Villages’ Beach Klub in Avon. This oceanfront venue has been host to a wide array of music, from the Wailers to the renowned beach music stylings of The Embers, and the site continues to draw in big names through local arts and music festivals as well as their regular Thursday night summer performances. In short, if you’re in the mood for a big-name concert that coincides with lots of dancing, ice-cold drinks, and a prime oceanfront view, this is the place to go.

Watermen’s Bar and Grill

With some of the freshest food on the island, you’ll find the casual Watermen’s Bar and Grill right behind REAL Watersports on the sound in Waves. This venue offers spectacular sunsets and great live music. Their Sky Blue Concert series brings local and regional acts Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays and during REAL Watersports’ festivals and events you’ll find big name national acts like Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys and Method Man (of the Wu-Tang Clan) and Redman.

Smaller Settings

If you love music but prefer a smaller scene, then you’ll be delighted to discover that Hatteras Island covers this small-scale beach vibe, and covers it well. On any given summer night, multiple restaurants and local bars host talented musicians that specialize in a wide range of styles, while attracting customers through drink specials, limited or no cover fees, and an all-around fun atmosphere.

If you’re brand new to the Hatteras Island bar scene, try Turner’s High Moon in Avon Village. This relatively new establishment has a number of great microbrews on tap and is known for their craft cocktails and regular live music in the summer months. There’s even a shuffleboard table, and ample room for locals and visitors to dance meet and mingle.

If you like a more subdued scene, then head to your favorite local restaurant – like the Froggy Dog, Dinky’s, or Hatteras Sol Waterside Grill – find a prime seat, and settle in for a good time. The bars on Hatteras Island have embraced the latest craft beer craze – as well as somewhat recent ability to serve mixed drinks, courtesy of popular local vote – and as a result, have a fine assortment of adult beverages to whet your whistle.

Find Your Favorite

The Hatteras Island bar scene can be as intimate or as outgoing as you want it to be. With a clever mix of local watering holes, upscale establishments, and please-the-masses venues, you can essentially plan your ideal night out while on a Hatteras Island vacation.

Of course, there’s always your premier vacation home. It’s hard to beat sunset cocktails with panoramic views of the Pamlico Sound, or happy hour at your private tiki bar.


03/30/17

Boating on Hatteras Island

boating girls

You would expect that a vacation destination that’s surrounded by hundreds of miles of water would have a booming boating culture, and when it comes to Hatteras Island, you’d be exactly right. The island’s roots have long been tied to boating, from the first wave of tourists in the 1930s who would commission locals to take them on fishing and duck hunting trips, to the charter and tour companies that provide more modern expeditions today. And as a result, all a visitor has to do to join in the fun is to contact a local marina or charter boat, step aboard, and dive right into the scene.

So where can you go, and what can you do while you’re on board one of the countless vessels that call Hatteras Island home? There are plenty of options for exploring the seemingly endless waters, ensuring that vacationers of all tastes can craft an Outer Banks boating experience that exceeds all expectations.

Charter Fishing

As any seasoned visitor knows, Hatteras Island is one of the best destinations in the world for fishing, and with a fleet of inshore and offshore charter fishing businesses at multiple marinas, it’s easy to dedicate a half or full day to enjoying island fishing at its very best.

Offshore vessels venture out to the Gulf Stream — a warm water major current that’s found roughly 15 miles off the island shoreline. In these deep and clear blue waters, anglers can target the big prize catches, including marlin, Mahi, tuna, and sailfish, depending on the season. For a fishing adventure on a smaller scale, visitors can also embark on an inshore fishing trip. These boating excursions target the ocean, sound, and inlet waters that are closer to the island in search of tasty species like cobia, trout, bluefish, flounder, and sheepshead, and can even veer off course for a little clamming or island-hopping while en route.

Boat Tours

Boat fans who’d prefer a more relaxed and thorough exploration of the island will also find a wide range of boat tours available at multiple Hatteras Island areas. Often offering different themes, (like dolphin cruises, sunset cruises, or eco-tours), these adventures present the island landscape in an entirely new perspective — from the vantage point of the wide Atlantic Ocean or Pamlico Sound waters. A must for kids and families alike, a boat tour is a truly inspiring way to see all the highlights of Hatteras Island.

Commandeering your Own Vessel

Vacationers who come to Hatteras Island with their own vessel in tow will find plenty of opportunities to explore on their own steam as well. The village of Hatteras has more than a half dozen marinas to load up on supplies and fuel, and virtually every major community on the island has a public or private boat ramp for visiting mariners’ use. With nice wide channels that connect with the open water within minutes, mariners are always a quick and easy trek away from endless on-the-water adventures.

Ready to discover your inner island mariner? Then get your crew down to Hatteras Island. With a centuries-old and inherent love of the water, the island-wide boating scene of Hatteras Island is genuinely the best on the Outer Banks.

Bringing Your Own Boat

What if you’re already an avid boater and you have a boat of your own? A number of our vacation homes have private docks. Just be sure to check the description as the drafts vary.

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