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Hurricane Isaias Updates

4 Aug 2020
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Tropical Storm Isaias Bulletin #7 | August 4, 2020

Bulletin #7
Tuesday, August 4 
11:30 a.m. 

Unrestricted Access to Hatteras Island Effective at  2:00 p.m. Today (Tuesday, August 4)

Initial Damage assessments have been completed for Hatteras Island and with limited impacts from the storm, there will be unrestricted access for residents and visitors beginning today, August 4 at 2:00 p.m.      

Sand and water remain on some Hatteras Island roadways in low-lying areas prone to soundside flooding, particularly along Highway 12 south of the Etheridge Bridge. Expect delays and proceed with caution in these areas.  Remember, driving through salt water causes damage to vehicles. 

Also, check the weather forecast and road conditions for your travel route to the Outer Banks to ensure safety. For updated road conditions for North Carolina, visit www.drivenc.gov.  

A prohibition for ocean swimming remains in effect for Hatteras Island.   

This will be the final bulletin issued by the Dare County Emergency Management Joint Information Center for Tropical Storm Isaias.

Tropical Storm Isaias Bulletin #6 | August 4, 2020

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 soundside flooding in some low-lying areas. While some soundside 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 cancelled. 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 flood waters. 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 [email protected] 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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Tropical Storm Isaias Update | August 4, 2020

Good Morning, Everyone!

While it is still currently blowing tropical storm force winds with some minor tidal flooding, we expect that to die down mid-day. Teams have been out assessing since dawn and best we can tell, we have fared well.

In preparation and hopes for a quick turn-around, all homes were cleaned and serviced prior to our team securing them for the storm and should be ready for your arrival once Dare County lifts the Evacuation Order for Hatteras Island.

We are trying to get to all homes as quickly as possible to get them reopened, but there is a possibility that we may not get to each home prior to the Evacuation Order being lifted. All homes are prepped in anticipation of high winds, loss of power and flooding. As such, please note you may still have secured deck furniture and trashcans upon your arrival. Additionally, if your home has an oceanfront pool, it will have likely have some windblown sand, but they are clean and swimmable. Pool techs will be out working as soon as the winds allow.

We thank you for your patience during this time. Please continue to monitor our Facebook page and homepage at midgettrealty.com for updates regarding the Evacuation Order. We will also email the leaseholder on file as soon as we have a clear directive from Dare County.

-The Midgett Realty Team

Tropical Storm Isaias Bulletin #4 | August 3, 2020

Bulletin #4
Monday, August 3
12:00 p.m.

Dare County Will Experience Impacts from Tropical Storm Isaias; Complete Preparations Now 

A Tropical Storm Warning and Storm Surge Warning are now in effect for Dare County until further notice. In addition, a Beach Hazards Statement has been issued and a High Surf Advisory will become effective early Tuesday morning. For updated information, including updated watches and warnings from the National Weather Service, visit www.weather.gov/mhx. Follow them on Twitter @NWSMoreheadCity.

The State of Emergency declaration remains in effect for Dare County and includes a mandatory evacuation order for Hatteras Island. 

Tropical Storm Isaias will bring impacts to Dare County and now is the time to complete preparations. Ocean conditions will worsen and tornadoes remain a possibility. Storm surge inundation may reach 2 to 4 feet above normally dry ground. Secure outdoor items and move vehicles and property from flood prone areas especially in areas flooded by southerly winds and near vulnerable ocean dune structures on Hatteras Island. Soundside water levels can be monitored at https://fiman.nc.gov/. As conditions deteriorate overnight, it will be important to keep your cell phone charged and turned on with public safety alerts enabled.

Ocean conditions are extremely dangerous and will remain so over the next few days.  Everyone should stay out of the water, even experienced swimmers. For updated beach forecasts, visit weather.gov/beach/.

Dare County

Dare County Offices north of Oregon Inlet are open today and Tuesday; however, offices on Hatteras Island are closed and will be closed tomorrow. 

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

The trash collection schedule for Hatteras Island, which was modified over the weekend and collected earlier than usual, will resume regular operations for Thursday and Friday. 

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

Town staff continue to monitor the storm track. Please be sure that your trash and recycling cans have been rolled back from the curb and that outdoor items are secured by this afternoon.

Tornadoes are possible with Isaias. Make sure your phone is charged, emergency alerts are activated, and your phone is on before you go to bed tonight. 

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

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.  

Town of Kill Devil Hills 

Due to impending Tropical Storm Isaias, the Tuesday, August 4, 2020, West Side refuse collection has been suspended. At this time, we anticipate an adjusted refuse collection for the West Side occurring on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. For recycling customers, Outer Banks Hauling will also be following this adjusted schedule. Please do not place any refuse containers out for collection on Tuesday. Secure all refuse containers on your property. Be sure to tie down or bring inside any unsecured lawn items.

All Kill Devil Hills’ offices will continue to operate on a normal schedule. However, due to COVID-19, Town offices are accessible by appointment only. If you have business with the Town call, email, or visit our website for assistance.

We encourage you to visit and follow the Town's website: www.kdhnc.com/438/News and Facebook page: www.facebook.com/townofkdh for the latest storm briefings and for updated information on changes in Kill Devil Hills' regular services schedule. Be sure to sign up to receive emergency alert notifications from Kill Devil Hills and Dare County www.kdhnc.com/772.

Town of Nags Head 

All Town administrative offices will open at 11 am on Tuesday, August 4, 2020; however, we are strongly encouraging the public to conduct business with the Town either via the phone or online. 
 

The Town of Manteo issued an Emergency Declaration for Isaias, and we urge everyone to complete your storm preparations. We are under a Tropical Storm Warning and a Storm Surge Watch, with current forecasts predicting 2-4 feet of flooding along with tropical storm-force winds. Please secure trash cans, dumpsters, and loose items. Please relocate property or vehicles that are in flood-prone areas. For your safety, DO NOT enter floodwaters. Turn around, don't drown. For storm information, visit the National Weather Service site at weather.gov/mhx or go to Dare County’s Isaias website at https://www.darenc.com/departments/emergency-management/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 6:00 p.m. on Monday, August 3. 

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Tropical Storm Isaias Bulletin #3 | August 2, 2020

Bulletin #3
Sunday, August 2, 2020
4:15 p.m.

Tropical Storm Watch Remains in Effect; Towns and County Provide Updated Information Regarding Services 

As of 11 a.m. Sunday morning, a Tropical Storm Watch became effective for Dare County,  indicating that tropical storm conditions are possible through Tuesday. The local State of Emergency declaration remains in effect along with a mandatory evacuation for Hatteras Island (Hurricane Evacuation Zone A), including the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village. 

While many are disappointed that their vacation plans to Hatteras Island have been disrupted by Tropical Storm Isaias, it is important to understand that evacuation decisions are made in the interest of public health and safety. The National Weather Service is forecasting up to 3 feet of storm surge inundation which can cause significant ocean overwash along Highway 12 on Hatteras Island, the only means of egress for the island. As roads become covered with sand and water, it becomes difficult, sometimes impossible, for law enforcement, fire and emergency medical service personnel to respond to calls for assistance in a timely manner. In recent years, storms with forecasts similar to Isaias have caused road closures and the loss of personal property. Safety of residents and visitors is our top priority. 

While there are no evacuation orders in effect for the northern beaches (Hurricane Evacuation Zone B), including the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head and Manteo, it is important for residents and visitors to closely watch updated forecasts and be prepared for impacts starting late Monday and into Tuesday. Expect soundside flooding in low lying areas impacted by southerly winds. In addition, there will be an increased threat for tornadoes. 

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

Ocean conditions are extremely dangerous and will remain so over the next few days.  Everyone should stay out of the water, even experienced swimmers. For updated beach forecasts, visit weather.gov/beach/.

Town of Duck

Trash and recycling collection will begin earlier on Monday morning to ensure completion before possible arrival of storm conditions. Please secure your cans as soon as possible after they are emptied.

Town of Kitty Hawk

The Town of Kitty Hawk continues to monitor the progress of Hurricane Isaias and Town staff are working to prepare for the storm. The Town encourages you to make your final preparations to ensure the safety of your property, loved ones and pets.

At this time, Trash Collection will follow a regular pick-up schedule on Monday.  After the collection has been completed, please make every effort to roll-in and secure your trash bin. 

The Mayor does expect 1-2 feet of sound side flooding; the sound waters are already at a high level and are being kept in place by southerly winds.  The wind direction from this storm is expected to continue pushing the water level upward, not down. 

Low lying areas of Kitty Hawk Village are also expected to experience some level of flooding.  This should be short lived due to the anticipated speed of the storm passing through. 

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 

All Kill Devil Hills’ offices will continue to operate on a normal schedule. However, due to COVID-19, Town offices are accessible by appointment only. If you have business with the Town call, email, or visit our website for assistance.

At this time, there are no changes to this week’s refuse collection schedule. If a change in the refuse collection schedule is necessary, the Town will provide updates via email, our website, and our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Please heed the warnings from local officials and take precautions to ensure your safety and the protection of your property. Secure all refuse containers on your property and be sure to tie down or bring inside any unsecured lawn items.

Sign up to receive emergency alert notifications from Kill Devil Hills and Dare County. The emergency alert system allows subscribers to receive text, email, or a phone call in the event an emergency situation develops that could impact them. Sign up here: www.kdhnc.com/772 or www.darenc.com/emergencyalerts 

We encourage you to visit and follow the Town's website: www.kdhnc.com/438/News and Facebook page: www.facebook.com/townofkdh for the latest storm briefings and for updated information on changes in Kill Devil Hills' regular services schedule.

Town of Nags Head 

At this time, all Town of Nags Head offices will operate on their normal schedules.

Attention red and green sanitation routes – Tropical Storm Isaias Trash Collection Schedule Change - Because Isaias is forecasted to begin impacting our area late Monday night and early Tuesday, August 4, 2020, trash collection on Nags Head’s red and green sanitation routes, which normally occurs on Tuesdays, will take place this week on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. For more information on Nags Head's sanitation routes, including a map, visit nagsheadnc.gov/sanitation.

Please secure outside equipment and furniture due to the potential for tropical storm force winds. Also, if you are in an area prone to soundside flooding, please move vehicles and equipment to higher ground.

Because of forecasted southerly winds, flooding may impact the Nags Head to Manteo causeway/US 64. Don't drive through floodwaters. 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 latest update from the National Weather Service has downgraded Hurricane Isaias to a tropical storm.  However, forecasters have high confidence that we will still receive some impacts, such as wind, dangerous marine conditions and an increased threat of tornadoes.  Another potential impact from the storm includes minor sound side flooding in low lying areas due to storm surge producing 1 to 2 feet of water, possibly 3 feet.  Real time sound side water levels can be observed at https://fiman.nc.gov/.

The sanitation service for the Town of Manteo will remain as scheduled for this week.  In addition, Public Works will make a sweep for the bulky items as well.  Please make sure to secure your roll cart and any other outside items before the winds from Tropical Storm Isaias impact our area.

Even though the storm is forecasted to have less impact, it is still coming close to our area, and it is imperative for everyone to stay prepared and informed.  Please continue to get the latest updates from the National Weather Service and Dare County.  Listen to these same updates on NOAA Weather Radio.  Don’t forget to keep those cell phones charged!  

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 will be closed starting Monday, August 3. 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.

Dare County

Dare County offices north of Oregon Inlet will operate on their normal schedule on Monday; however, County offices on Hatteras Island will be closed. 

Residential trash collection scheduled for Tuesday, August 4 in the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, and Avon will now occur during early morning hours on Monday, August 3. Please place your cans curbside tonight and then secure cans following collection.  

Commercial trash collection for all areas of Hatteras Island remain on schedule for Monday, August 3.

The Dare County Board of Commissioners meeting scheduled for Monday, August 3 at 9:00 a.m. is cancelled. All business scheduled for August 3 will be included as part of the Board's next meeting on Monday, August 17 at 5:00 p.m.

The next update will be issued no later than Monday, August 3 at 12:00 p.m.

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Tropical Storm Isaias Bulletin #2 | August 2, 2020

Bulletin #2
Sunday, August 2, 2020 
10:00 a.m. 

No Additional Protective Measures Ordered at This Time; Mandatory Evacuation for Hatteras Island Remains in Effect

Local officials met Sunday morning to receive an update from the National Weather Service. Based on the current forecast, no additional protective measures are being implemented at this time. While an evacuation order is not anticipated, it is imperative for everyone to keep their guard up and pay close attention to updated weather forecasts from the National Weather Service because the Outer Banks will experience impacts. 

Dare County remains under a State of Emergency with mandatory evacuation orders in effect for Hatteras Island (Hurricane Evacuation Zone A), including the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village. These orders will remain in place until after the storm passes due to the vulnerability of Highway 12 and the fact that it is the only road that provides access to and from the island. Some vulnerable spots along Highway 12 on Hatteras Island are already experiencing minor ocean overwash during periods of high tide. 

As the storm tracks west of the Outer Banks and winds increase late Monday, storm surge inundation is expected to produce ocean overwash and soundside flooding of 1 to 2 feet above normally dry ground, and up to 3 feet in some areas. 

Soundside Flooding 

Water levels along the sound are already high in many places, particularly from Manteo to Kitty Hawk.  Expect soundside flooding in low lying areas, at spots that are impacted by southerly winds.  Make preparations for up to 3 feet of water above the ground in these areas.  Real time soundside water levels can be observed at https://fiman.nc.gov/.  

Ocean overwash

As already mentioned, ocean overwash is likely along Highway 12 on Hatteras Island and driving conditions will become hazardous in some areas.  Conditions may impact the ability of law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical service personnel to reach those needing emergency assistance in  a timely manner. Overwash will also flood normally dry areas where the dune system is vulnerable.  This could lead to damage to parked vehicles and other property. 

There is a high risk of rip currents and hazardous ocean conditions at all beaches over the next few days and conditions are dangerous for even the most experienced swimmers. Beachgoers are advised to stay out of the water and obey red flag warnings on the northern beaches. As part of the current state of emergency declaration that is in place, restrictions on ocean swimming remain in effect for Hatteras Island.  

There is an increased threat for tornadoes in our area beginning late Monday and into Tuesday. Again, pay close attention to weather forecasts. Keep your cell phone charged and make sure it is set to receive emergency alerts. It is also a good idea to listen to NOAA Weather Radio to keep informed. 

For updated information from Dare County Emergency Management and  the Towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head Manteo, and the National Park Service, visit darenc.com/isaias.

For preparedness tips and information on hurricane evacuation zones, visit www.readync.org

Subscribe to receive emergency alerts via text, email or phone directly from Dare County Emergency Management at www.DareNC.com/alerts 

Follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter

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

The next update will be issued no later than Sunday, August 2 at 5:00 p.m.

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Posted August 1, 2020:  11:20 am:

Hurricane Isaias Bulletin #1 | August 1, 2020

Hurricane Isaias
Bulletin #1
August 1, 2020
11:00 a.m.

Local State of Emergency Issued For All Areas of Dare County; Evacuation for Hatteras Island Visitors Begins Saturday at Noon  

Local officials met via video conference Saturday morning to receive a briefing from the National Weather Service and to coordinate actions necessary to ensure public safety across Dare County. With confidence increasing that Dare County will see significant impacts from Hurricane Isaias, a state of emergency has been issued for Dare County.

As part of the emergency declaration, a mandatory evacuation has been ordered for Hatteras Island visitors beginning Saturday, August 1 at 12:00 p.m. The evacuation order is for Evacuation Zone A which covers all areas of Hatteras Island, including the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village.

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

A mandatory evacuation order for Hatteras Island residents and property owners becomes effective on Sunday, August 2 at 6:00 a.m. 

Decision makers will meet again on Sunday morning, August 2 to receive an updated briefing from the National Weather Service and determine whether protective measures are necessary for Evacuation Zone B which covers areas north of Oregon Inlet, including the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo, and all unincorporated areas including Roanoke Island and the Dare mainland.  More information on evacuations zones can be found at https://knowyourzone.nc.gov/ 

Due to the forecast for life-threatening rip currents along the county’s southern beaches,  the state of emergency includes restrictions on ocean swimming for Hatteras Island. Everyone on Hatteras Island 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 only reentry permits for the current calendar year are valid. 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

The next update will be issued no later than Sunday, August 2 at 12:00 p.m.   

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Posted July 31, 2020:  11:30 am:

Residents and Visitors Advised to Prepare and Stay Informed

Post Date: 07/31/2020 11:21 AM (Dare County Management)

    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. 

    Posted July 31, 2020:  10:30 am:

    Monitoring Hurricane Isaias

    As you are already likely aware, there is a possibility that Hurricane Isaias could potentially impact our area in the upcoming days. We are closely monitoring the storm and awaiting updates from County officials regarding storm preparedness.

    If you are a guest who is currently staying in one of our homes or who is set to arrive this weekend for your upcoming vacation, please know the following:

    1. For efficiency purposes, updates will be immediately posted here, on our homepage as well as on our Facebook page. Additionally, we will email all instructional communications to the leaseholder on file if your reservation is to be impacted.

    2. Regardless of whether Hurricane Isaias comes into direct contact with Hatteras Island or not, we will still likely receive some of its effects, including potentially dangerous swimming conditions. Please adhere to all swim warnings and make sure that every member of your party is well versed in swim safety and how to spot and remove yourself from a RIP current.