As Hurricane Maria moves closer to Dare County, winds will reach tropical force later today and remain through early Thursday. Extended periods of high winds will lead to ocean overwash and soundside flooding.
The National Hurricane Center has issued a Storm Surge Warning for the southernmost villages of Hatteras Island, including Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village. Water level rise of up to 4 feet above ground is forecast for these areas.
Mandatory evacuation remains in effect for visitors on Hatteras Island. As local conditions deteriorate, road closures and travel restrictions are likely, particularly for portions of Highway 12 on Hatteras Island. Motorists should proceed with caution, drive slowly through standing water, and stay off Highway 12 during periods of high tide.
All areas of Dare County are experiencing dangerous surf and rip currents that will remain through the week. Stay out of the water - conditions are unsafe for even the most experienced swimmers.
Dare County Offices
Dare County offices on Hatteras Island are closed today and will be closed on Wednesday, September 27. All county offices north of Oregon Inlet are open for business.
Dare County Public Works
There will be NO commercial trash collection on Hatteras Island on Wednesday, September 27.
There will be NO commercial recycle pick up for the remainder of this week.
Dare County Parks and Recreation
All Dare County Parks and Recreation activities are cancelled through Wednesday, September 27.
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For updated information regarding the status of all roads and bridges in Dare County, visit https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/. For the most up to date information regarding the status of NC 12, visit www.facebook.com/NCDOTNC12.