Hurricane Florence 2018

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Dare County Emergency Bulletin #11
September 11, 2018
2:05 p.m.

Bulletin 11 - Staged Reentry Guidelines Announced for Hatteras Island

Staged reentry guidelines announced for Hatteras Island, beginning Saturday, September 15 at 2:30 p.m., access for Priority Levels Two and Three. Visitors will be allowed access to the areas north of Oregon Inlet and Hatteras Island beginning Sunday, September 16.

Bulletin 11 - Staged Reentry Guidelines Announced for Hatteras Island

State of Emergency Remains in Place

Reentry for Hatteras Island (including villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village)

  • Beginning Saturday, September 15 at 2:30 p.m., access for Priority Levels Two and Three (essential personnel, permanent residents, essential personnel for critical businesses, non-resident property owners and non-resident employees of non-critical businesses) will be allowed entry to Hatteras Island.
  • Priority One essential personnel are already being allowed.
  • Visitors will be allowed access to Hatteras Island beginning Sunday, September 16 at 3:00 p.m.

Please keep in mind that there is still standing water and sand along some areas of N.C. Highway 12. Proceed with caution and drive slowly through standing water as creating wake will cause damage to vehicles and nearby properties.

Reentry for Areas North of Oregon Inlet (including Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo, Roanoke Island and the Dare County mainland)

As announced previously -

  • Beginning Saturday, September 15 at 7:00 a.m. reentry for areas north of Oregon Inlet includes Priorities One, Two and Three.
  • Visitors will be allowed entry to areas north of Oregon Inlet beginning Sunday, September 16 at 7:00 a.m.

Reminders

For detailed information about the staged reentry process, visit www.darenc.com/reentry.

Those traveling to Dare County are advised to check road conditions for travel routes due to impacts being experienced in areas south and west of the Outer Banks.

A state of emergency remains in place for all of Dare County. Ocean conditions remain hazardous and ocean swimming remains prohibited.

Information from Towns, NPS and Dare County Schools

National Park Service

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (north of Bonner Bridge), Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial will reopen visitor services and facilities on Sunday, September 16 at 9:00 am, following Dare County’s reentry notice for non-residents that begins at 7:00 am. Reopening plans for Cape Hatteras National Seashore visitor services and facilities located south of Bonner Bridge will be announced later today at www.nps.gov/caha. Status of off-road vehicle ramps and routes will be posted at http://go.nps.gov/beachaccess.

Dare County Schools

Monday, September 17 will be an optional teacher workday for teachers at the beach and in Manteo schools. Dare County Schools will plan to open schools in the Manteo, Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills and Kitty Hawk communities on Tuesday, September 18. Schools on Hatteras Island will be closed until further notice. Should weather-related conditions warrant a change in our current plan, you will be notified immediately.

Dare County

Dare County Offices will reopen on Monday, September 17 at 8:30 a.m. and all services, including garbage collection, will resume on a regular schedule.

Town of Southern Shores

Yard waste pick-up is on normal Town website-advertised schedule and protocols.

Trash pick-up is Monday as scheduled.

Town of Kitty Hawk

The Town is back to normal operations and offices will reopen on Monday at 8:30.

All Town beach accesses, parks and the bath house are open.

The Recycle center will resume regular hours on Monday and trash collection is also scheduled to take place on Monday.

Dare County Emergency Bulletin #10
September 14, 2018
10:35 a.m.


Bulletin 10 Reentry Guidelines Established for Areas North of Oregon Inlet

 

Based on the warnings currently in place, reentry for areas north of Oregon Inlet will begin on Saturday, September 15 at 7:00 a.m. for Priorities One, Two and Three.

Areas North of Oregon Inlet (including Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo, Roanoke Island and the Dare County mainland) 

Dare County remains under a Hurricane Warning and a Storm Surge Warning that officials anticipate will remain in place through late today or Saturday due to the slow movement of Hurricane Florence.

Based on the warnings currently in place, reentry for areas north of Oregon Inlet will begin on Saturday, September 15 at 7:00 a.m for Priorities One, Two and Three. This includes essential personnel, permanent residents, essential personnel for critical businesses, non resident property owners and non resident employees of non critical businesses. 

Permanent Residents will be allowed reentry with a valid NC driver’s license with a local address or a current Dare County property tax bill or parcel data sheet. Non-resident essential personnel of critical businesses such as food service/supply, pharmacies, banks, gas stations, property management, building supply and hotels will be permitted reentry only with a permit.

It is anticipated that visitors will be allowed entry to areas north of Oregon Inlet beginning Sunday, September 16 at 7:00 a.m. 

While the state of emergency is in effect and warnings from the National Weather Service remain, conditions may alter the reentry schedule.

Sign up to receive alerts directly from Dare County Emergency Management at www.darenc.com/emergencyalerts. Visit www.darenc.com/reentry for details on the staged reentry process. 

Those traveling to Dare County should check road conditions for travel routes due to impacts being experienced in many areas south and west of the Outer Banks.

Hatteras Island (including villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village) 

There is no access to Hatteras Island at this time. N.C. Highway 12 on Hatteras Island remains closed due to ocean overwash and will remain closed until NCDOT can clear the road and bridges of debris, inspect for structural damage, and make repairs as necessary. Inspections will take place as soon as conditions allow.

National Park Service 

All visitor facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial remain closed. National Park Service teams are assessing conditions at all three national park sites.

Updated Information from Towns






Town of Duck 
Residential recycling collection for Monday, September 17, is cancelled. Residential recycling service is expected to resume on Monday, September 24.
 

Town of Nags Head
The town experience minor overwash and all roads are passable.

Town of Kitty Hawk
The Town has some wind blown sand on NC 12. Ocean overwash has been minor and seems to be diminishing. The Police and Fire Departments report normal call volumes throughout the evening. 

Town of Manteo
The administrative offices at Town Hall will be closed until Monday, September 17.

To help prevent damage to our businesses and homes, the Town of Manteo will be enforcing our "no wake" ordinance during and after this storm event. Do not drive through flooded streets or in hazardous conditions and obey all traffic control measures. Turn around, don't drown. 

Please conserve water during periods of heavy rain and throughout the storm event. Avoid running dishwashers and clothes washers, limit the amount of water used for showering and when flushing the toilet. Make plans to complete the usage of dishwashers and clothes washers before the start of the storm.

The Town of Manteo Wastewater Treatment Plant is equipped with a generator capable of maintaining operations during an extended power outage. 

Not all of the Town of Manteo sewer pump stations have permanent generators and sewer service may be unavailable during a loss of power in certain areas until temporary or utility power is restored.

Town of Southern Shores
For your personal safety and to allow clearing crews unhindered work space, please do not walk outside after the storm, especially on streets. Southern Shores’ streets are covered with tree limbs that when wind-twisted, become dangerous hanging projectiles until cleared. 

Please be cognizant of debris pick-up protocols before any yard debris is moved, or before any other type of debris is moved to a public street. Yard debris generated by a non-declared storm must follow normal limb/branch pick up rules. Property owners and residents on private streets should be cognizant of pick up protocols before any yard debris is moved.

Any owner of property adjacent to a public canal is responsible, by Town ordinance, for removal of trees and debris which fall from the property into the canal. 

Be aware of hiring non-local transient workers seeking clean-up work. Be diligent - require and check two local references before hiring. Call local authorities if any discomfort.

Southern Shores was founded in a natural area - there is no central stormwater collection and disposal system for stormwater standing in open areas, including streets. Please remember it may take several days or more, for standing storm water to naturally infiltrate into the ground. Pumping storm water from a private property onto property of another-including public streets, is prohibited. Any mechanical collection of standing stormwater by a private property owner must also include legal disposal of the collected water. 

Only in cases of extreme flooding of a public street and after the resulting stormwater shows no sign of natural infiltration after typical stand times for the particular water volumes, will the USEPA and NCDEQ permit the Town to consider removing and discharging stormwater (at a permitted location - “public trust ocean beach”) to allow emergency vehicles to safely pass on the public streets.


Staged Reentry Guidelines 

Priority One: Essential Personnel

Essential personnel include essential utilities personnel, government personnel, medical personnel, and damage assessment personnel.

 

Priority Two: Permanent Residents & Essential Personnel for Critical Businesses

Permanent Residents will be allowed reentry with a valid NC driver’s license with a local address or a current Dare County property tax bill or parcel data sheet. Non-resident essential personnel of critical businesses such as food service/supply, pharmacies, banks, gas stations, property management, building supply and hotels will be permitted reentry only with a permit.

 

Priority Three: Non-Resident Property Owners and Non-Resident Employees of Non-Critical Businesses 

All Non-Resident Property Owner Permits with an April 1, 2018 expiration date remain valid until December 30, 2018. Non-resident property owners will also be allowed reentry with a current tax bill or parcel data sheet with owner’s name matching current government issued id.

Non-resident employees of non-critical businesses will be allowed entry with a reentry pass issued by their employer. 




Priority Four: General Public and Visitors


No reentry pass is needed for Priority Four.

 

 

The next update will be issued as needed.

 




Dare County Emergency Bulletin #9
September 14, 2018
7:42 a.m.

Bulletin #9 Hurricane Florence Update as of 8:00 a.m. Friday

Starting this morning, damage assessment teams will be working to assess conditions and reentry guidelines will be established once conditions are deemed safe.

A hurricane warning and storm surge warning remain in effect for Dare County. Some areas, particularly N.C. Highway 12 on Hatteras Island, will continue to experience ocean overwash. Wind and rain are expected to continue. For updated weather information, visit www.weather.gov/mhx.

The mandatory evacuation for all residents and visitors remains in effect. Entry into the county is restricted and 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 allowed access.

Please stay out of the ocean. Swimming is prohibited throughout the county and conditions are dangerous for even the most experienced swimmers.

North of Oregon Inlet

Starting this morning, damage assessment teams will be working to assess conditions and reentry guidelines will be established once conditions are deemed safe. As soon as reentry procedures are set, the information will be distributed via the county’s emergency notification system. Sign up to receive the alerts via text, voice or email at www.darenc.com/emergencyalerts. Or visit www.darenc.com for updated information.

Hatteras Island

N.C. Highway 12 on Hatteras Island remains closed due to ocean overwash and will remain closed until both the road and its bridges can be cleared of debris, inspected for structural damage, and repaired as necessary. Inspections will take place as soon as conditions allow.

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative reports that 97 customers on Hatteras Island are without power this morning.

The next update will be issued by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14.

Dare County Emergency Bulletin #8
September 13, 2018
4:42 p.m.

Bulletin #8 Hurricane Florence Update as of 5 p.m. Thursday

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.

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 www.weather.gov/mhx for updated weather advisories and forecasts from the National Weather Service. Visit www.darenc.com for updated information. For updated road conditions from NCDOT, visit https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/.

To receive notifications directly from Dare County Emergency Management, visit www.darenc.com/emergencyalerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

The Dare County Emergency Operations Center is activated and can be reached at 252.475.5655.

Town of Duck
The Town of Duck administrative office will remain closed until further notice. Trash collection for the Town of Duck on Friday, September 14, is cancelled.  Residential trash service is expected to resume on Monday, September 17, if conditions allow.Residential recycling collection for Monday, September 17, is cancelled.  Residential recycling service is expected to resume on Monday, September 24.

Town of Southern Shores
Town Hall will be closed due to Hurricane Florence until Monday September 17.

AFTER ANY STORM PASSES –  Please do not walk outside, especially on streets. Southern Shores’ streets are covered with tree limbs that when wind-twisted, become dangerous hanging projectiles until cleared. Clearing crews begin work after storm has passed.

Town of Nags Head 
The Outer Banks Hospital is open for emergency care. So far, Nags Head has  only experienced minor ocean overwash during high tide earlier today in the south end of town. There has been no reported loss of electrical service in Nags Head.Although roads have not yet been impacted due to flooding, we ask that everyone still remain in their homes at this time. Wind conditions in Nags Head can be found on the Jennette's Pier website at ncaquariums.com/jennettes-pier-current-conditions.

Town of Manteo 
The administrative offices at Town Hall will be closed until Monday, September 17.

To help prevent damage to our businesses and homes, the Town of Manteo will be enforcing our "no wake" ordinance during and after this storm event.  Do not drive through flooded streets or in hazardous conditions and obey all traffic control measures. Turn around, don't drown.

Please conserve water during periods of heavy rain and throughout the storm event. Avoid running dishwashers and clothes washers, limit the amount of water used for showering and when flushing the toilet. Make plans to complete the usage of dishwashers and clothes washers before the start of the storm.

The Town of Manteo Wastewater Treatment Plant is equipped with a generator capable of maintaining operations during an extended power outage.

Not all of the Town of Manteo sewer pump stations have permanent generators and sewer service may be unavailable during a loss of power in certain areas until temporary or utility power is restored.=

The next update will be issued as needed but no later than 10 a.m. on Friday, September 14.

Dare County Emergency Bulletin #7
September 13, 2018
10:38 a.m.


Bulletin #7 Stay Informed and Avoid Travel if Possible

Remain indoors and stay off roadways. Driving conditions will quickly become dangerous as flooding occurs from heavy rains and ocean overwash.

The following watches and warnings are currently in effect for Dare County -  a Storm Surge Warning, Hurricane Warning, High Surf Advisory, Flash Flood Watch, Beach Hazards Advisory, and a Tornado Watch.

It is important to stay informed and monitor information from official sources.

Visit www.weather.gov/mhx for updated weather advisories and forecasts from the National Weather Service. Visit www.darenc.com for updated information and safety tips from Dare County Emergency Management and the Joint Information Center.

For updated road conditions from NCDOT, visit https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/.

To receive notifications directly from Dare County Emergency Management, visit www.darenc.com/emergencyalerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter. The Dare County Emergency Operations Center is activated and can be reached at 252.475.5655.

The mandatory evacuation for all residents and visitors remains in place and entry into Dare County is now 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 being allowed access.

Remain indoors and stay off roadways. Driving conditions will quickly become dangerous as flooding occurs from heavy rains and ocean overwash.  Some areas of Highway 12 on Hatteras Island are already experiencing ocean overwash. Be mindful of dangerous conditions not only in Dare County, but also outside the area. Visit https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/ for NC road conditions updated by NCDOT.  

Those who remain in the county are reminded that emergency personnel may not be able to respond to calls for assistance as winds increase and roadways become flooded. There may be a loss of power or water in some areas of the County. Keep your emergency supply kit close by and be prepared to sustain yourself, your family and your pets for up to 72 hours.    

Stay out of the ocean. Swimming is prohibited throughout the county due to conditions that are dangerous for even the most experienced swimmers.

Town of Duck

The Town of Duck administrative office closed at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 11, and will remain closed until further notice. Trash collection for the Town of Duck on Friday, September 14, is cancelled.  Residential trash service is expected to resume on Monday, September 17, if conditions allow. Residential recycling collection for Monday, September 17, is cancelled. Residential recycling service is expected to resume on Monday, September 24. Please be sure your cans are secured, along with any other loose items.

Town of Kitty Hawk

The south end of Kitty Hawk has experienced some ocean overwash.  Use extreme caution and avoid Highway 12 if possible.

Town of Nags Head

With the amount of ocean overwash and rainfall that we’re expecting, please remain inside during the event and even in its immediate aftermath. We are expecting flooding on many area streets, with a particular impact on South Virginia Dare Trail and South Old Oregon Inlet Road.

Town of Manteo

The administrative offices at Town Hall will be closed until Monday, September 17. To help prevent damage to our businesses and homes, the Town of Manteo will be enforcing our "no wake" ordinance during and after this storm event.  Do not drive through flooded streets or in hazardous conditions and obey all traffic control measures. Turn around, don't drown. Please conserve water during periods of heavy rain and throughout the storm event. Avoid running dishwashers and clothes washers, limit the amount of water used for showering and when flushing the toilet. Make plans to complete the usage of dishwashers and clothes washers before the start of the storm.

The Town of Manteo Wastewater Treatment Plant is equipped with a generator capable of maintaining operations during an extended power outage. Not all of the Town of Manteo sewer pump stations have permanent generators and sewer service may be unavailable during a loss of power in certain areas until temporary or utility power is restored.

The next scheduled update from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued as needed but no later than 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 13.

Dare County Emergency Bulletin #6
September 12, 2018
4:35 p.m.

Bulletin #6 Restricted Access Into Dare County Delayed Until Thursday Morning, September 13

With the changing forecast, tropical storm force winds are now expected Thursday morning. As a result, there will be no restrictions on access into Dare County until 8:30 a.m. on Thursday September 13.

JIC HeaderWith the changing forecast, tropical storm force winds are now expected Thursday morning. As a result, there will be no restrictions on access into Dare County until 8:30 a.m. on Thursday September 13. There are no planned bridge closures, but access into the county will be restricted to 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 after 8:30 a.m. Thursday.     

The mandatory evacuation for residents and visitors throughout the County remains in effect. Those who have not yet evacuated are encouraged to make final preparations and leave the area as soon as possible. Those who decide to stay are reminded that emergency services may be unable to respond to calls for assistance with high winds and flooded roadways.  

Hurricane Florence is a major hurricane that will bring devastating impacts to areas even hundreds of miles from where it makes landfall. Do not let your guard down -- the  track of the storm will continue to shift and slight jogs to the north lead to more significant impacts for our area. It is important to stay informed and closely monitor updates from the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/mhx.

For updated information about available emergency shelters in other areas of North Carolina, visit ncdps.gov/florence or download the NC Ready app. 

Stay out of the ocean. Swimming is prohibited throughout the county due to conditions that are dangerous for even the most experienced swimmers.

The Dare County Emergency Operations Center is activated and can be reached at 252.475.5655. The call center is open until 6:30 p.m. tonight and will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Visit www.darenc.com for updated information.

To receive notifications directly from Dare County Emergency Management, visit www.darenc.com/emergencyalerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

Town of Duck

The Town of Duck administrative office closed at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 11, and will remain closed until further notice.

Trash collection for the Town of Duck on Friday, September 14, is cancelled.  Residential trash service is expected to resume on Monday, September 17, if conditions allow.

Residential recycling collection for Monday, September 17, is cancelled.  Residential recycling service is expected to resume on Monday, September 24.

Please be sure your cans are secured, along with any other loose items.

Town of Nags Head

Reminder – please stow your sanitation carts in a protected area of your property.

Town Hall remains closed through Friday, although essential personnel will continue to work through the storm.

The next trash collection will take place on Monday, September 17, 2018. More information on the trash schedule will be forthcoming.

Town of Manteo

The administrative offices at Town Hall will be closed until Monday, September 17.

To help prevent damage to our businesses and homes, the Town of Manteo will be enforcing our "no wake" ordinance during and after this storm event.  Do not drive through flooded streets or in hazardous conditions and obey all traffic control measures.

Turn around, don't drown.

Please conserve water during periods of heavy rain and throughout the storm event.

Avoid running dishwashers and clothes washers, limit the amount of water used for showering and when flushing the toilet. Make plans to complete the usage of dishwashers and clothes washers before the start of the storm.

The Town of Manteo Wastewater Treatment Plant is equipped with a generator capable of maintaining operations during an extended power outage. 

Not all of the Town of Manteo sewer pump stations have permanent generators and sewer service may be unavailable during a loss of power in certain areas until temporary or utility power is restored.

The next scheduled update from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued on Thursday morning, September 13.

Dare County Emergency Bulletin #5
September 12, 2018
10:34 a.m.

Bulletin #5 Hurricane and Storm Surge Warnings Remain - Do Not Let Your Guard Down

While the track has shifted to the south and west overnight, do not let your guard down. 

With the most recent update from the National Hurricane Center, a Hurricane Warning and Storm Surge Warning remain in effect for Dare County. While the track has shifted to the south and west overnight, do not let your guard down. The storm is forecast to slow down as it reaches the North Carolina coast and the path may change as it makes landfall due to slow movement and weak steering currents. Hurricane Florence is a major hurricane that will be bring devastating impacts to areas even hundreds of miles from where it makes landfall. Slight shifts to the north could mean more significant and devastating impacts for our area.r

It is important to stay informed and closely monitor updates from the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/mhx.

The mandatory evacuation for residents and visitors throughout the County remains in effect. Those who have not yet evacuated are encouraged to make final preparations and leave the area as soon as possible. Those who decide to stay are reminded that emergency services may be unable to respond to calls for assistance with high winds and flooded roadways.

Dare County EMS reminds those with home oxygen to have a plan for extended power outages that will render power driven oxygen delivery devices non-functional. Be sure you have an ample supply of portable, non-powered oxygen cylinders at your home to ensure your oxygen supply is not interrupted. Do not rely on EMS and fire departments for your oxygen needs. Also, ensure you have enough medications for the next few weeks as post-storm transportation routes could be delayed.

A shelter for Dare County residents is open at Knightdale High School located at 100 Bryan Chalk Lane, Knightdale, NC 27545. This is a pet friendly shelter that requires vaccination records for each pet. While in the shelter, owners are responsible for the feeding, care, clean-up, and behavior of their pets.

Stay out of the ocean. Swimming is prohibited throughout the county due to conditions that are dangerous for even the most experienced swimmers.

There are currently no restrictions for entering or leaving the county. Beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12 only essential personnel with a Priority One pass issued by Dare County Emergency Management will be allowed entry.

The Dare County Emergency Operations Center is activated and can be reached at 252.475.5655.

Visit www.darenc.com for updated information.

To receive notifications directly from Dare County Emergency Management, visit www.darenc.com/emergencyalerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

Town of Duck

Trash collection for the Town of Duck on Friday, September 14 is cancelled. Please ensure that your cans and all loose items are secured.

The Town of Duck administrative office closed at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 11, and will remain closed until further notice.

Town of Southern Shores

The next trash pick-up will be Monday September 17.

Red Flags are currently up on Town of Southern Shores beaches. No Swimming.

Town of Kitty Hawk

The Town of Kitty Hawk continues to prepare for Hurricane Florence and encourages all visitors and residents to heed the mandatory evacuation. Please be reminded that Emergency Personnel will not be able to respond when conditions worsen.

There will be no further trash collections until weather permits. Please roll in your trash cans and make sure they are secured along with other loose items.

Town offices are closed through Friday, September 14.

The Recycle Center, Windgrass Circle Park, Sandy Run Park and the Kitty Hawk Bath House are all closed until further notice.

Town of Kill Devil Hills

Due to the continued threat of Hurricane Florence, the Kill Devil Hills Town Hall and support offices will close Wednesday, September 12 at 12:00 noon and remain closed until further notice.

Commercial garbage collections will be limited on Wednesday September 12 and then will be suspended until further notice. Residential solid waste collections have been suspended until further notice - please secure roll-out containers away from the curb. The Recycle Center and Dry Trash Drop-Off Center will close at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, September 12 and remain closed until further notice.

Town of Manteo

To help prevent damage to our businesses and homes, the Town of Manteo will be enforcing our "no wake" ordinance during and after this storm event. Do not drive through flooded streets or in hazardous conditions and obey all traffic control measures.

National Park Service

All visitor facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial remain closed.

The next scheduled update from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued on Wednesday, September 12 by 6:00 p.m.

Dare County Emergency Bulletin #4
September 11, 2018
5:43 p.m.

Bulletin #4 Hurricane Warning and Storm Surge Warning Now in Effect for Dare County

A Hurricane Warning and Storm Surge Warning are now in effect for Dare County indicating that tropical storm conditions and life-threatening storm surge are expected within 36 hours. 

Bulletin #4

With the most recent update from the National Hurricane Center, a Hurricane Warning and Storm Surge Warning are now in effect for Dare County indicating that tropical storm conditions and life-threatening storm surge are expected within 36 hours.

It is important for those who have not evacuated to make preparations to leave the area as soon as possible to avoid travel after the onset of strong winds, ocean overwash, rainfall flooding and possible tornadoes that will accompany the storm.

A shelter for Dare County residents is open at Knightdale High School located at 100 Bryan Chalk Lane, Knightdale, NC 27545. This is a pet friendly shelter that requires vaccination records for each pet. While in the shelter, owners are responsible for the feeding, care, clean-up, and behavior of their pets.

There are currently no restrictions for entering or leaving the county. Beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12 only essential personnel with a Priority One pass issued by Dare County Emergency Management will be allowed entry.

Dare County Administrative Offices will remain closed until further notice. The Dare County Emergency Operations Center is activated and can be reached at 252.475.5655.

Trash collection for the unincorporated areas of Dare County is cancelled for the remainder of the week and regular collection will resume when conditions allow. All Dare County Public Works facilities are closed until further notice.

Visit www.darenc.com for updated information.

To receive notifications directly from Dare County Emergency Management, visit www.darenc.com/emergencyalerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

Town of Duck

Trash collection for the Town of Duck on Friday, September 14 is cancelled. Please ensure that your cans and all loose items are secured.

The Town of Duck administrative office will remain closed until further notice.

Town of Kitty Hawk

The Town of Kitty Hawk continues to prepare for Hurricane Florence and encourages all visitors and residents to heed the mandatory evacuation. Please be reminded that Emergency Personnel will not be able to respond when conditions worsen.

There will be no further trash collections until weather permits. Please roll in your trash cans and make sure they are secured along with other loose items.

Town offices will be closed beginning Wednesday, September 12 through Friday, September 14.

The Recycle Center is now closed and will remain closed for the remainder of the week. Windgrass Circle Park and Sandy Run Park will be closing this afternoon until further notice.

The Kitty Hawk Bath House is also closed.

The Town encourages you to take every measure to ensure the safety of your property and loved ones.

Town of Southern Shores

Recycling pickup for Wednesday, September 12 is currently anticipated, however please be ready for a change due to driver availability. The next trash pickup will be Monday September 17.

Town of Nags Head

Most, if not all, of South Old Oregon Inlet Road, as well as sections of South Virginia Dare Trail, including the causeway to Manteo, could be impassable due to flooding. Do not go through the barricades. They are in place for a reason.

Town of Manteo

Commercial AND residential solid waste pickup will be done on Wednesday, September 12.

Town of Manteo administrative offices will remain closed through Friday, September 14.

National Park Service

All National Park Service facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial remain closed.

Dare County Schools

All Dare County Schools will be closed through the remainder of the week.

The next scheduled update from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued on Wednesday morning, September 12.

Important Health Information to Consider for Hurricane Florence

Begin preparations to protect your health and the health of your loved ones before, during and after Hurricane Florence. 

Post Date: 09/11/2018 2:15 PM

Begin preparations to protect your health and the health of your loved ones before, during and after Hurricane Florence.

If you depend on home oxygen:
Arrange for portable, non-powered oxygen cylinder delivery to your place of shelter to ensure your oxygen supply is not interrupted. Even places of evacuation could face extended power outages that will render power driven oxygen delivery devices non-functional. Local EMS or Fire Department assistance will not be able to meet your oxygen needs.

If you or your loved ones take prescription medications: 
Ensure normal prescriptions are filled and individuals have enough medications for the next few weeks as post-storm transporrtation routes could be delayed. Local pharmacies will have limited hours and will be closed during the storm.

If flooding occurs:
Avoid contact with flood water which may contain fecal material from overflowing sewage systems and other hidden hazards such as debris. Do not walk in or play in flooded areas especially in bare feet or flimsy footwear. You may be at risk for possible infection or injury from flood waters. If you do come into contact with flood water, wash exposed skin thoroughly with soap and safe water. Do not allow children to play in flood water areas, wash children's hands frequently, and do not allow children to play with flood-water contaminated toys that have not been disinfected.

If food becomes exposed to flood waters:
Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with flood water. Discard any food that is not in a waterproof container if there is any chance that it has come into contact with flood water.

If power loss occurs:
Refrigerators will keep foods appropriately cold for about 4 hours without power if it is unopened. Do not open freezers until you plan to use or discard the contents; as stated above, most freezers will keep food safe for 24 to 48 hours if left closed. Discard any food that has an unusual odor, color or texture.

If you rely on a private well:
During and after the storm, be sure to boil water for at least five minutes at a full rolling boil before using it for drinking, cooking, making ice or brushing teeth. Infants under six months and pregnant women should not drink boiled water, because boiling water may concentrate harmful nitrates. Continue to use bottled water or to boil your well-water until tests on samples taken since the last flooding or loss of electricity show the water is safe.

If you have a septic system:
Assess your system after the storm. If property is flooded, do not use. Use water conservation practices until power is fully restored

If your home is flooded: 
Assure it is safe to enter. Remove mold and mildew. Dry out the walls. Check heating and Air conditioning. Assure the building is dry before repairing

For more detailed information, please visit http://www.darenc.com/stormready or contact the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services’ Public Health Division at 252.475.5003 or 252.475.5080.

TOWN OF KILL DEVIL HILLS, NORTH CAROLINA 

Contact: Mary E. Quidley, 252.449.5302

For Release: Immediate

Date: September 11, 2018

1. Due to the continued threat of Hurricane Florence, the Kill Devil Hills Town Hall and support offices will close Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 12:00 noon and remain closed until further notice.

2. Garbage Collection

Commercial collections will be limited on Wednesday September 12, 2018 and then will be suspended until further notice.

Residential solid waste collections have been suspended until further notice - please secure roll-out containers away from the curb.

The Recycle Center and Dry Trash Drop-Off Center will close at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 and remain closed until further notice.

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Dare County Emergency Bulletin #3
September 11, 2018
12:13 p.m.

Mandatory Evacuation Remains in Effect for All Areas of Dare County

Time to Evacuate is Now

The mandatory evacuation for all residents and visitors in Dare County remains in effect. Now is the time to make final preparations and implement your evacuation plan. Many areas along the East Coast are now under evacuation orders, so it is important to leave sooner rather than later to allow plenty of time to travel safely to your destination. Check the route you will be traveling since many inland areas will be impacted.

Hurricane Florence is forecast to remain a dangerous major hurricane and make landfall in North Carolina late Thursday into early Friday. There is still some uncertainty regarding the track forecast, but confidence continues to increase in Eastern North Carolina seeing significant to potentially life threatening impacts, including extreme storm surge with ocean overwash, rainfall flooding, winds and tornadoes. A hurricane watch and a storm surge watch are currently in effect.

NC Emergency Management has announced the opening of a shelter for Dare County residents beginning Tuesday, September 11 at 2:00 p.m. at Knightdale High School located at 1001 Bryan Caulk Lane, Knightdale, NC 27545. This will be a pet friendly shelter and Dare County residents must show a valid ID with a Dare County address for entry. All pet friendly shelters require vaccination records for each pet. While in the shelter, owners are responsible for the feeding, care, clean-up, and behavior of their pets.

For those needing assistance with evacuation, Dare County will be making one run to transport individuals to the shelter in Knightdale. To reserve a spot on the bus, you MUST call 252-475-5640 or 252-475-5641 before 5 p.m. Tuesday. Buses will depart the Outer Banks (Sarah Owens) Visitors Center located at 1 Visitors Center Circle in Manteo at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12 and from Hatteras Elementary School located at 47500 Middle Ridge Trail in Buxton at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12. If you are travelling with your pet, you MUST have your pet secured in a kennel and your MUST have documentation of required vaccinations. Dare County will provide return transport from the Knightdale shelter when deemed safe and reentry is allowed. To ensure safety of drivers, there will be no additional transports to the shelter after buses leave both locations on Wednesday morning.

For residents and property owners making final storm preparations, there are currently no restrictions for leaving or entering the county. Access into Dare County will be restricted beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12.

Dare County Administrative Offices will close at 2 p.m. today. The Dare County Emergency Operations Center is activated for the storm and can be reached at 252.475.5655.

Visit www.darenc.com for updated information.

To receive notifications directly from Dare County Emergency Management, visit www.darenc.com/emergencyalerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

Dare County Schools

All Dare County Schools will be closed on Tuesday, September 11 through the remainder of the week.

National Park Service

All National Park Service facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial remain closed.

Town of Duck

Trash collection for the Town of Duck on Friday, September 14, is cancelled. Please ensure that your cans and all loose items are secured.

The Town of Duck administrative office will close at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 11, until further notice.

Town of Nags Head

Nags Head Town offices will be closed for non essential personnel on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, September 12, 13, and 14, 2018. Essential personnel will continue to work and provide critical services.

Pumps are ready to be deployed when and where conditions warrant.

We are still expecting significant rainfall and large surf. Keep in mind that high surf will prevent flooded areas from draining quickly.

Parking is available at Town Park at 415 Health Center Drive. Turn west at Ace Hardware in Nags Head. The park is on the left.

Town of Manteo

Town of Manteo administrative offices will close Wednesday, September 12 at noon and remain closed Thursday, September 13 and Friday, September 14.

Curbside recycling will be picked up on Tuesday, September 11.

The Planning Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 11 has been cancelled and their next meeting will be held October 9.

Commercial AND residential solid waste pickup will be done on Wednesday, September 12.

The next scheduled update from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued by 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

From Dominion Energy

Dominion Energy is tracking Hurricane Florence’s path closely as the major storm is forecast to hit the East Coast by late Thursday. The company is preparing for significant impacts, including high winds and flooding, across its service area in North Carolina. We have begun positioning people, equipment and supplies. Customers should be prepared now for a multi-day storm that could bring dangerous conditions and widespread outages.

We are encouraging customers to:

● Set up an online account to easily report and track power outages from any mobile device.

● Update your contact information with Dominion Energy, including a mobile phone number.

● Bookmark our website, DominionEnergy.com, on your mobile device to quickly report outages.

● Put together an emergency prep kit that includes:

  • Batteries and flashlights/lanterns
  • Bottle water (1 gallon per person, per day)
  • Cash (power outages could affect ATM machines)
  • Non-perishable foods
  • First aid kit, medications and hygiene items
  • Vehicle phone charger

● Customers with portable generators should purchase adequate fuel, and review the product’s safety instructions before operation.

More information can be found by visiting: www.dominionenergy.com/hurricaneprep

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Dare County Emergency Bulletin #2
September 10, 2018
5:30 p.m.

The mandatory evacuation for visitors and residents remains in place for Hatteras Island. Traffic leaving the island is moving slowly due to heavy traffic and ocean overwash in some areas, but all roads and bridges remain open and there are no plans for closures.  

The mandatory evacuation for all other areas of Dare County will become effective at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11. Visitors should evacuate as early as possible, taking all of their belongings and following instructions from their property management company.  

Dare County Emergency Management advises residents and property owners making final storm preparations that there are currently no restrictions for leaving or entering the county, and none will be implemented before Wednesday afternoon.  

NC Emergency Management has announced the opening of a shelter for Dare County residents beginning Tuesday, September 11 at 2:00 p.m. at Knightdale High School located at 1001 Bryan Caulk Lane, Knightdale, NC 27545. This will be a pet friendly shelter and Dare County residents must show a valid ID with a Dare County address for entry. All pet friendly shelters require vaccination records for each pet. While in the shelter, owners are responsible for the feeding, care, clean-up, and behavior of their pets.

Dare County Public Works will collect residential trash on Tuesday, September 11 in  Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Manteo, Wanchese, East Lake, Stumpy Point, and Manns Harbor.  Regular trash collection will resume on Monday, September 17.

Dare County Administrative Offices will close at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11 and remain closed until further notice. The Dare County Emergency Operations Center is activated for the storm and can be reached at 252.475.5655.

All Dare County Parks & Rec programs are cancelled until further notice.The Baum Center, Family Recreation Park, the Dare County Center and the Manteo Youth Center will be closed beginning Tuesday, September 11 until further notice.

The Dare County Clerk of Courts Office will be closed Tuesday, September 11 through Friday, September 14.

All District Court sessions are cancelled beginning Tuesday, September 11 through Friday, September 14.  The Clerk of Courts Office is in the process of continuing all cases and notice of new court dates will be mailed Monday afternoon. Anyone who does not receive a notice by Friday, September 21 should contact the Dare County Clerk of Courts Office to receive their new court date.

All Dare County Schools will be closed on September 11 through the remainder of the week.  Cape Hatteras Elementary and Cape Hatteras Secondary Schools released early today in response to the mandatory evacuation.  Additionally, the Board of Education meeting that was scheduled for tomorrow evening has been cancelled.

National Park Service 

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial have suspended visitor services and closed all of its visitor facilities at 12:00 p.m. Monday.

Town of Nags Head

The Town of Nags Head is making multiple passes for trash and recycling collection on South Virginia Dare Trail and South Old Oregon Inlet Road, emptying any containers that are placed out for collection. All regularly scheduled collections on Tuesday and Wednesday will not be impacted; however, Wednesday, September 12 will be the last day that trash and recycling will be collected, until further notice. In addition, the bulk item/brush collection yard will be closed until further notice.

The Dowdy Park Farmer’s Market and the Mama’s Black Sheep concert, both scheduled for Thursday, September 13, have been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Town of Manteo

Curbside recycling will be picked up on Tuesday, September 11.

Commercial AND residential solid waste pickup will be done on Wednesday, September 12.

The Planning Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 11 has been cancelled and their next meeting will be held October 9.

Cutoffs for water and sewer account non-payments will be delayed until after re-entry.

The next scheduled update from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued Tuesday morning, September 11. Visit www.darenc.com for updated information, videos, and relevant links to official sources.To receive notifications directly from Dare County Emergency Management, visit www.darenc.com/emergencyalerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

State of Emergency Declared.Hurricane Florence 1.9.10.2018

For information and updates, please visit the Dare County Emergency Management website at https://www.darenc.com/departments/emergency-management 

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Dare County Emergency Bulletin #1
September 10, 2018
10:00 a.m.

A state of emergency has been issued and a mandatory evacuation order for all visitors and residents on Hatteras Island will be in effect beginning Monday, September 10 at 12:00 p.m. This includes all areas of Hatteras Island including the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village.

A mandatory evacuation for residents and visitors in other areas of Dare County goes into effect beginning Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00 a.m. This includes the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo; Roanoke Island; and the Dare County mainland.

The Dare County Control Group met Monday morning and has determined that a mandatory evacuation for all visitors and residents is necessary to ensure safety. Hurricane Florence is currently projected to be a category 3 or 4 storm at landfall in southeastern North Carolina and may bring life-threatening storm surge to Dare County, along with tropical storm force winds, heavy rains and the potential for tornadoes. Even a small northward shift in the track of the storm could bring devastating impacts to our area.

Everyone in Dare County is encouraged to evacuate as soon as possible regardless of the established time frames. Visitors should take all personal belongings and follow instructions from their property management company.

Those evacuating to areas north of Dare County are encouraged to consider traveling 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. Be sure to check the weather forecast for travel conditions for the route you will be traveling and for your destination.

The state of emergency includes restrictions on swimming due to dangerous surf conditions and strong rip currents along the beaches. Everyone must stay out of the water as it is unsafe for even the most experienced swimmers.

Bulletins will periodically be issued by the Joint Information Center and the next scheduled update will be no later than 6:00 p.m. Monday. Visit www.darenc.com for updated information, videos, and relevant links to official sources.

To receive notifications directly from Dare County Emergency Management, visit www.darenc.com/emergencyalerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

Due to the current state of emergency, reentry passes are not being issued by Dare County Emergency Management. Non-resident property owners are reminded that permits with an April 1, 2018 expiration date remain valid through December 30. Permanent residents 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, visit www.darenc.com/reentry.

Hurricane Preparedness & Reentry Information 2018