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Hurricane Florence Update as of 5 p.m. Thursday

13 Sep 2018
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Dare County Emergency Emergency Management
Joint Information Center
Post Date:09/13/2018 4:42 PM

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 4x4 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 for updated weather advisories and forecasts from the National Weather Service. Visit for updated information. For updated road conditions from NCDOT, visit

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As Dare County Emergency Management issues additional updates, we will post them on our website homepage,, and our Facebook page. We ask that our guests please utilize the website and Facebook for updates first as a myriad of issues could potentially make our phone lines and/or agents unavailable for immediate correspondence. While we are in the current state of emergency, we need to keep our phone lines clear as much as possible until the event has passed and it is quite possible that there will be times that we may be unable to staff our office(s) if "Florence" strikes Hatteras Island more directly.


Please be patient with us in the wake of the storm. If you are either an incoming or returning guest and your stay is to be affected by storm damage, please allow us to contact you and help us keep our phone lines clear so that we may do so in a timely manner. No news is good news! All of our immediate post-storm efforts will be directed in getting the homes assessed and up and running as soon as possible, and with limited staff after an evacuation (the evacuation is for visitors and residents alike) we would prefer to commit our staff to getting homes ready for your vacation rather than the phones, so that we may get you to Hatteras Island as quickly and efficiently as possible. With the information provided on our website and the additional sites and numbers listed below, you should be able answer many of your questions fairly quickly and easily.

Dare County’s Website:

North Carolina Road Conditions:
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Dare County Emergency Management:

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