08/4/20

Initial Damage Assessments Underway; Announcement Regarding Reentry for Hatteras Island Anticipated Today (Tuesday)

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Bulletin #6
Tuesday, August 4
10:00 a.m. 

Initial Damage Assessments Underway; Announcement Regarding Reentry for Hatteras Island Anticipated Today (Tuesday) 

Initial reports indicate that minimal damage occurred overnight as Isaias moved west of the Outer Banks. Scattered power outages are reported throughout the Outer Banks due to downed trees along with sound side flooding in some low-lying areas. While some sound side waters continue to rise, conditions will improve throughout the day as the storm moves away.

A Tropical Storm Warning and Storm Surge Warning remain in effect but are expected to be lifted today. For updated weather forecasts, including current watches and warnings, visit weather.gov/mhx.

Damage assessments began this morning and local officials will provide an update regarding reentry to Hatteras Island as soon as possible, once the assessment is completed.

A High Surf Advisory and Beach Hazards Statement are in effect and dangerous ocean conditions are expected to remain through the week. Inexperienced swimmers should remain out of the water. The prohibition for swimming along beaches on Hatteras Island remains in effect.

Town of Duck

The Town administrative office will open for business at 12:00 p.m. today. We continue to limit contact due to COVID. Please call or email to access our remote services.

Isaias effects in Duck are minor at this time. Officials continue to monitor Duck Rd (NC 12) for potential overwash, which is still possible in the next few hours. Please remain vigilant and heed public safety instruction should water levels rise.

Please check weather.gov/mhx/beach for beach conditions before you go. Follow lifeguard instructions when you arrive.

Town of Southern Shores

Recycle Schedule Change—recycle collection service has been moved to Thursday, August 6

The Tuesday, August 4 Council meeting has been canceled. The next meeting Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 18 at 9:00 a.m.

Town of Kitty Hawk

The Town of Kitty Hawk has seen wind damage and several trees have been cleared from the roadways. There are some areas without power.

Moore Shore Road is currently flooded and water is rising in low lying areas and sound side.  Please be aware as the storm leaves the area, the flooding will continue.  Remain prepared and be cautious.

Town offices are open.  The Town’s Recycle Center is closed today. It will reopen on Thursday, August 6, 2020.

Town of Kill Devil Hills

Reminders: The Town of Kill Devil Hills’ offices and the Dry Trash Drop Off and Recycle Center will open at 11:00 a.m. today Tuesday, August 4, 2020; however, due to COVID-19, all offices are accessible by appointment only. If you have business with the Town, call, email, or visit our website for assistance.

Today’s typical refuse collection of the West Side was suspended and will be collected on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. For recycling customers, Outer Banks Hauling will also be following this adjusted schedule.

Kill Devil Hills fared well through Isaias; however, soundside waters may continue to rise this morning. Stay safe and DO NOT walk on or drive onto water-covered roads. Entering a flooded area risks your life and the lives of people that may be sent to rescue you.

  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through floodwaters. Turn around, don’t drown!
  • Soundside water levels can be monitored at https://fiman.nc.gov/.

Use caution when picking up any yard debris. Due to potential debris and damage to fences, be sure to check your yard before letting your dogs out.

Town of Nags Head

Red “No Swimming” flags are posted on Nags Head’s beach today, Tuesday, August 4, due to a high threat of rip currents. Red flags mean swimming in the ocean is prohibited until these conditions subside and the flags are lowered. For more information visit ow.ly/tNOz50AQeD1.

Town of Manteo

Although the winds of Isaias are dying down, floodwaters are rising quickly. Storm surge was forecast at 2-4 feet, and downtown streets, the marina docks & boardwalk, and adjacent areas are flooding already. Streets currently or predicted to be impacted include, but are not limited to, Queen Elizabeth, Fernando, Agona, Sir Walter Raleigh, Old Tom, Budleigh, Ananias Dare, and Croatan. Additional areas may be impacted, so please do not go around barricades. Please observe police direction where given. For your safety, DO NOT enter floodwaters, whether on foot or in a car.

Town staff from Public Works to Police to Water & Sewer continue to deliver services, and Public Works employees are picking up storm debris. Also, you will see staff from Planning and Administration who will be in all neighborhoods performing damage assessments today. If you have damage to report, please call Town Hall at 473-2133.

Please continue to be careful as we work together to recover from Isaias.

National Park Service

Staff at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial will begin post-storm assessments this morning. Once a determination is made on the status of park beaches and facilities, the Operational Status Report web page for each national park unit will be updated.

Operational Status Report Links

Cape Hatteras National Seashore – https://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/operational-status-report.htm

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site – https://www.nps.gov/fora/planyourvisit/operational-status-report.htm

Wright Brothers National Memorial – https://www.nps.gov/wrbr/planyourvisit/operational-status-report.htm

Dare County

Dare County offices on Hatteras Island are closed today and will reopen on Wednesday morning, August 5. County offices north of Oregon Inlet remain on their regular schedule.

Dare County District Court scheduled for today has been cancelled. The Dare County Clerk of Courts will be continuing all cases with new court dates posted by Friday August 7. If you have any questions about your new court date, call the Clerk of Courts Office on Friday between 8:30 am and 5:00 p.m., email your questions to darecountyclerk@nccourts.org or sign up for court date alerts via text or email at https://www3.nccourts.org/onlineservices/notifications/menu.sp

All court scheduled for Wednesday August 5, 2020 will operate on a normal schedule.

Trash collection for the residential areas of Manteo (outside Town limits), Wanchese, Skyco, Manns Harbor, East Lake and Stumpy Point that was scheduled for today will now take place on Wednesday, August 5.

The Manns Harbor Transfer Station, the C&D Landfill, and the Buxton Transfer Station will reopen on Wednesday, August 5.

The next update will be issued no later than 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4. 

 

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08/4/20

Make Final Preparations Prior to Onset of Storm Conditions 

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Bulletin #5
Monday, August 3
5:30 p.m.

Make Final Preparations Prior to Onset of Storm Conditions 

Tropical storm force winds are expected to reach the Outer Banks this evening and bring ocean and soundside flooding along with a chance of tornadoes.  Now is the time to make final preparations. Secure all outdoor furnishings, trash cans and any loose items.

Ocean overwash of 2 to 4 feet above normally dry ground is anticipated in vulnerable areas on Hatteras Island. Soundside flooding is expected in areas on the northern beaches that are impacted by southerly winds. Now is the time to move vehicles and other property in flood-prone areas to higher ground.

As weather conditions deteriorate overnight, avoid travel. Sand and water can quickly accumulate on roadways causing dangerous and impassable conditions.

With the risk of tornadoes for our area, be sure to have multiple ways to receive warnings. Keep your cell phone charged and turned on before you go to sleep. Be sure your wireless emergency alerts are enabled. If you receive a tornado warning, take action – shelter on the lowest floor in an interior room or hallway away from windows. For more information, visit ready.gov/safety/tornado.

A Tropical Storm Warning and Storm Surge Warning remain in effect for our area and a High Surf Advisory will become effective early Tuesday morning. It is important to continue to monitor the local forecast. For updated watches and warnings from the National Weather Service, visit www.weather.gov/mhx. Follow them on Twitter @NWSMoreheadCity.

Soundside water levels can be monitored at https://fiman.nc.gov/.

Be sure to sign up to receive emergency alerts directly from Dare County Emergency Management, if you have not already done so. Remember to complete your profile by including both a home and business address so you can be reached with emergency information for specific geographic areas. Visit www.darenc.com/alerts

Weather conditions are expected to improve by Tuesday morning, as the storm moves past and heads to the north-northeast. Damage assessments will be made as soon as conditions allow during daylight hours and local officials will provide an update regarding reentry to Hatteras Island on Tuesday afternoon, once the assessment is completed.

Dare County

Dare County Offices north of Oregon Inlet will be open on Tuesday, but offices on Hatteras Island will remain closed.

Due to the potential threat of hazardous conditions as a result of hurricane/tropical storm Isaias, District Court scheduled for Tuesday August 4, 2020 in Dare County has been cancelled. The Dare County Clerk of Courts will be continuing all cases with new court dates posted by Friday August 7, 2020. If you have any questions about your new court date you can call the Clerk of Courts Office on Friday between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, email your questions to darecountyclerk@nccourts.org. or sign up for court date alerts via text or email at https://www3.nccourts.org/onlineservices/notifications/menu.sp.

All court scheduled for Wednesday August 5, 2020 will operate on a normal schedule.

Due to high wind expectations, trash collection that would normally take place on Tuesday, August 4 will now take place on Wednesday, August 5 for the following areas- the residential areas of Manteo (outside Town limits), Wanchese, Skyco, Manns Harbor, East Lake and Stumpy Point.

In addition to the modified trash collection schedule, the Manns Harbor Transfer Station, the C&D Landfill, and the Buxton Transfer Station will be closed on Tuesday, August 4.

Town of Duck

The Town of Duck administrative office will be opening at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4. We continue to ask people to call or email so that we may assist you with remote service as appropriate. If you have an emergency, please call 911.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or our website for additional Duck information.

Town of Southern Shores

Tropical Storm Isaias—potential storm surge may result in sound side flooding. Now is the time to take any precautions necessary.

The Tuesday, August 4, 2020 Council Meeting has been cancelled and all agenda items (except debris monitoring contract) have been moved to the next meeting, scheduled for August 18, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. in the Pitts Center, 5377 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Southern Shores, NC 27949.

Town of Kitty Hawk

The Town of Kitty Hawk has declared a State of Emergency in advance of the storm and continues to monitor the progress of Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaias.

After your trash has been collected, please make every effort to roll-in and secure your trash bin.

At this time, the Town Council Meeting scheduled for this evening at 6:00 pm will be held as planned.

While there is no evacuation ordered, individuals should be responsible for preparations to prevent flood damage to vehicles, other property and ensure the safety of family members.

Town of Kill Devil Hills

The Town of Kill Devil Hills’ offices and the Dry Trash Drop Off and Recycle Center will open at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 4, 2020; however, due to COVID-19, all offices are accessible by appointment only. If you have business with the Town call, email, or visit our website for assistance.

Please take the time to finish any last minute preparations to ensure your safety and the protection of your property.

When disaster threatens, one of the most important things you can do is to be aware and stay informed. For this reason, it is crucial that you have multiple ways to receive warning information.

As conditions deteriorate overnight, it will be important to keep your phone charged and your Wireless Emergency Alerts turned on. In addition, sign up to receive emergency alert notifications from Kill Devil Hills and Dare County www.kdhnc.com/772. Listen to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio or local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions.

We encourage you to visit and follow our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/townofkdh) and website (www.kdhnc.com/438/News) for the latest storm updates and for any changes in Kill Devil Hills’ regular services schedule.

Stay safe and DO NOT walk on or drive onto water-covered roads. Entering a flooded area risks your life and the lives of people that may be sent to rescue you.

  • If you’re in a flood prone area, consider moving your vehicles to higher ground well before storm begins.
  • Secure all refuse containers on your property and be sure to tie down or bring inside any unsecured lawn items.
  •  Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn around, don’t drown!
  • Soundside water levels can be monitored at https://fiman.nc.gov/.

Town of Nags Head

Our area will begin to see tropical storm impacts such as flooding and tornadoes overnight tonight. Make sure you have multiple ways to receive emergency alerts (text alerts, social media, NOAA weather radio). Be sure your phone is charged and your notifications are turned on.

If you are on the soundside in Nags Head, move your vehicles and other equipment to higher ground. Don’t be surprised by how high 2-4 feet above ground is.

Also, we expect the Nags Head to Manteo causeway/US 64 to flood at some point. Don’t drive through floodwaters. Flooding is one of the deadliest types of hazards NC experiences. Stay safe and DO NOT walk on or drive onto water-covered roads. Entering a flooded area risks your life and the lives of people that may be sent to rescue you. When water rushes over a street, it can hide dips, debris, and pavement that has been washed away. In addition, just six inches of water can flood your car’s exhaust, leaving you immobile.

Town of Manteo

The Town of Manteo is completing storm preparations on Monday afternoon, including trash pickup. Bay Disposal has postponed recycling service from Tuesday to Wednesday. Please secure roll carts, trash cans, and loose items. Weather conditions are expected to deteriorate Monday evening and into Tuesday, including high winds, rain, and flooding. We are under a Tropical Storm Warning and a Storm Surge Warning, which is predicting 2-4 feet of flooding. Please relocate property or vehicles that are in flood-prone areas. For your safety, DO NOT enter floodwaters. Turn around, don’t drown. For the latest information, visit the National Weather Service site at weather.gov/mhx or go to Dare County’s dedicated Isaias website at darenc.com/isaias.

National Park Service

Cape Hatteras National Seashore
All facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore are closed. To view the most up-to-date information and conditions for Cape Hatteras National Seashore, go to: https://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/operational-status-report.htm.

Wright Brothers National Memorial
Wright Brothers National Memorial is closed. The park will reopen after post-storm assessments are completed. To view the most up-to-date information and conditions for Wright Brothers National Memorial, go to: https://www.nps.gov/wrbr/planyourvisit/operational-status-report.htm.

The next update will be issued no later than 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 4. 

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08/1/20

Residents and Visitors Advised to Prepare and Stay Informed

Hurricane Isaias Bulletins & Updates

Residents and Visitors Advised to Prepare and Stay Informed

Post Date:07/31/2020 11:21 AM

Dare County Emergency Management continues to closely monitor Hurricane Isaias and is advising residents and visitors to begin implementing their hurricane preparedness plans. Local officials will confer on Saturday morning to determine whether protective measures are necessary to ensure public safety. Based on the current forecast, visitors scheduled to travel to the Outer Banks this weekend are advised to closely watch updated information from the National Weather Service Center and consider delaying arrival until after the storm has passed.

“Dare County is likely to experience impacts from the storm as early as Sunday evening, August 2,” said Dare County Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson. “Now is the time to assemble or restock your disaster supply kit with essentials to sustain your family and your pets for three to five days. Have your evacuation plan ready to execute.”

Should an evacuation order become necessary, it will be important to allow extra time to evacuate. In light of COVID-19 and with social distancing measures in place, state sheltering options will be limited. As always, you are better off locating shelter with family or friends outside the expected danger zone or stay at an accommodation of your choice.

Over the next few days, rough seas and strong rip currents will create dangerous conditions for beachgoers that will continue through next week. Even the most experienced swimmers should exercise caution to ensure their personal safety. For local beach conditions, visit www.weather.gov/beach/mhx.

To access updated information from Dare County, visit www.darenc.com/isaias.

For preparedness information, visit www.readync.org.

Monitor local weather reports at www.weather.gov/mhx, sign up to receive alerts directly from Emergency Management at www.darenc.com/alerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

Dare County Emergency Management will continue to monitor the storm and provide updates as needed. The next update will be issued no later than Saturday, August 1 at 12:00 p.m.

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Dare County Emergency Management has the ability to send emergency alerts to residents, visitors and property owners via text, email, and over the phone. To learn more and sign up to receive alerts, visit darenc.com/alerts.