Hurricane Dorian 2019

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Swimming and/or Wading from Kill Devil Hills Ocean Beaches Prohibited

Due to the hazardous surf conditions created by Hurricane Dorian, and for the public safety of the citizens and visitors of the Town of Kill Devil Hills, wading and/or swimming from the ocean beaches of Kill Devil Hills is prohibited, beginning 6:00 p.m. Saturday, September 7, 2019.

When conditions are deemed safe, this order will be rescinded. 

Reentry Information

For up to date information on the Reentry into Dare County, visit the Dare County Emergency Management site: Dare County Emergency Management.  Also, watch this helpful video on the Reentry Process:

Safety After a Storm
Flood Waters Safety Precautions

Report Downed Power Lines

Dominion Power is stressing the importance for customers to consider all downed lines as energized.  Maintain a safety zone by staying 30 feet of any downed line.  Report downed lines to Dominion by calling 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357)

Hurricane Dorian 9/8/2019 6:20 p.m. Update

Unrestricted Access to Villages of Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo Effective Noon, Tuesday, September 10
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As of Sunday evening, September 8, Priority Three reentry remains in effect for areas south of Oregon Inlet (Hatteras Island). Priority Three includes non-resident property owners and employees of non-critical businesses with proper passes and identification. Visitors are not allowed at this time. The County’s online reentry permitting system and detailed information about the staged reentry process is available at www.darenc.com/reentry. Sand and water remain on many Hatteras Island roadways. Drive slowly and proceed with caution.

Unrestricted access to the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo on Hatteras Island will begin at noon, Tuesday, September 10. Visitors are asked to check with their rental company or accommodations provider to confirm reservations before traveling to the area. 

The Dare County Control Group will meet Monday evening to determine any changes to reentry guidelines for southern Hatteras Island, including the villages of Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras. Residents, businesses and property owners are in the initial stages of recovery as they work to assess damage, make needed repairs to their homes and businesses to support the return of visitors. Updates will be distributed via the County’s emergency alert system. Sign up to receive alerts via text, voice and email at www.darenc.com/alerts or visit darenc.com for updated information. The next update will be provided no later than 8 p.m. on Monday, September 9.

There is unrestricted access to areas north of Oregon Inlet. This includes Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo, Roanoke Island, Colington Island, Martin’s Point, and the Dare mainland. Visitors are asked to check with their accommodations provider before traveling to the area to ensure the availability of their rental property. 

Tetanus Vaccine Clinics offered on Hatteras Island Monday 

Tetanus vaccinations will be available on Monday, September 9 from 10:00 a.m. until noon at the Hatteras Village Fire Department and from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services' Frisco Campus. For more information, please call Dare County Department of Health & Human Services on Monday at 252.475.5003.

Hatteras Island Mobile Food Kitchens

The Salvation Army will provide three meals a day beginning Sunday, September 8 at two locations on Hatteras Island, the Old PNC Bank in Buxton and Frisco Fire Department. Meal times are 8:00 a.m. for breakfast, 12:00 p.m. for lunch, and 6:00 p.m. for dinner.

Disaster Assistance 

Please contact the Department of Health and Human Services at 252.475.4196 if you or someone you know needs assistance. In areas of the County most impacted by the storm, relief workers will be in the field knocking on doors.

Disaster Relief Information 

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is coordinating all monetary donations, which are the greatest help to those in need. All donations are tax-deductible and 100% of all donations will be used to directly assist individuals and families in need. Donations can be made online at www.obcf.org/disaster or www.obxdisaster.org.

Dare County & Town Offices

Dare County Offices will open at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, September 9.

Town Offices will operate under normal business hours on Monday, September 9.

The Dare County Clerk of Superior Courts Office will be operating on a normal work schedule effective Monday September 9. All Court scheduled will operate on a normal schedule.

Dare County Parks and Recreation 

All programs at the Fessenden Center in Buxton are canceled through Friday, September 13. Parks & Recreation on the Northern Beaches and Roanoke Island/Mainland will be open until 5:00 p.m. Monday but all programs scheduled for Monday are canceled. The Dare County Center and Baum Center will operate on a regular schedule.

Elections

The election for the 3rd Congressional District will be held as scheduled on Tuesday, September 10. Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Trash Collection and Storm Debris

Dare County trash collection will resume on the regular schedule beginning Monday, September 9. Not all areas are accessible for trash trucks, but every effort will be made to pick up trash.

Details have not been finalized for debris pickup but as the recovery process begins, please begin piling storm related debris into 4 SEPARATE PILES onto the right-of-way at least 30 feet from fire hydrants. Visit www.darenc.com/hurricanedorian for information on how to separate debris and updates as details are finalized.

National Park Service, Outer Banks Group 

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and the Wright Brothers National Memorial remain closed to all public use. All trails are closed. Do not use any park trails until they can be cleared of all downed trees. Additional resources from the National Park Service begin to arrive today to aid in damage assessments and mitigating immediate risks to life safety.

Hurricane Dorian - 9/8/2019 6:00 a.m. Update

Dare County, NC: Updated Reentry Guidelines for Sunday, September 8

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For areas south of Oregon Inlet (Hatteras Island), Priority Three reentry becomes effective on Sunday, September 8 at 12 noon. Priority Three includes non-resident property owners and employees of non-critical businesses. Non-resident property owners must have a valid reentry permit and matching current government-issued ID OR a current tax bill or parcel data sheet with matching current government-issued ID. Non-resident employees of non-critical businesses must have a valid reentry permit with matching current government-issued ID. The County’s online reentry permitting system and detailed information about the staged reentry process is available at www.darenc.com/reentry. Sand and water remain on many Hatteras Island roadways. Drive slowly and proceed with caution.

Areas north of Oregon Inlet will have unrestricted access beginning Sunday, September 8 at 4:00 p.m. This includes Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo, Roanoke Island, Colington Island, Martin’s Point, and the Dare mainland. Visitors are asked to check with their accommodations provider before traveling to the area to ensure the availability of their rental property. 

Dangerous surf conditions remain. Beachgoers are asked to check ocean conditions before heading out at https://www.weather.gov/beach/mhx.

The Dare County Control Group will continue meeting to determine when Priority Four reentry for Hatteras Island is safe for visitors. Updates will be distributed via the County’s emergency alert system. Sign up to receive alerts via text, voice and email at www.darenc.com/alerts or visit darenc.com for updated information.

Hurricane Dorian 9/7/2019 7:45 p.m. Update

 Control Group Announces Updated Reentry Guidelines

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The Dare County Control Group met Saturday evening for an update on recovery efforts including restoration of power and road conditions. The following reentry guidelines have been established, effective immediately:

For areas north of Oregon Inlet, Priority Three reentry becomes effective immediately. Priority Three includes non-resident property owners and employees of non-critical businesses. Non-resident property owners must have a valid reentry permit and matching current government-issued ID OR a current tax bill or parcel data sheet with matching current government-issued ID. Non-resident employees of non-critical businesses must have a valid reentry permit with matching current government-issued ID.

For areas south of Oregon Inlet (Hatteras Island), Priority Two reentry begins immediately. Priority Two includes permanent residents and essential personnel for critical businesses. Permanent residents must present a valid NC driver’s license or government-issued ID with a Hatteras Island address. To expedite movement through traffic control points, residents can also display a reentry permit. Essential personnel of critical businesses must present a Priority Two reentry permit with a matching government-issued ID. The County’s online reentry permitting system and detailed information about the staged reentry process is available at www.darenc.com/reentry.

Sand and water remains on many Hatteras Island roadways. Drive slowly and proceed with caution.

Dangerous surf conditions remain. Beachgoers are asked to check ocean conditions before heading out at https://www.weather.gov/beach/mhx.

The Dare County Control Group will continue to meet to assess conditions and implement reentry for additional priorities. The next bulletin will be issued no later than Sunday, September 8 at 8:00 a.m. Updates will be distributed via the County’s emergency alert system. Sign up to receive alerts via text, voice and email at www.darenc.com/alerts or visit darenc.com for updated information.

Hurricane Dorian - 9/7/2019 9:35 a.m. Update

Dare County, NC: Priority Two Reentry for Areas North of Oregon Inlet (Permanent Residents and Critical Businesses) Begins Saturday at 12 noon; Access to Hatteras Island Remains Closed

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Priority Two Reentry for Areas North of Oregon Inlet (Permanent Residents and Critical Businesses) Begins Saturday at 12 noon; Access to Hatteras Island Remains Closed

The Dare County Control Group met this morning (Saturday) to receive updated information regarding initial assessments including road conditions and power restoration efforts. The following reentry guidelines have been established based on current conditions:

Access to Hatteras Island remains closed until further notice. This includes all areas south of Oregon Inlet including the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras Village. NCDOT continues efforts to clear the roads of sand and water, and make repairs as necessary. A checkpoint has been established to restrict entry to Hatteras Island.

For areas north of Oregon Inlet, priority two reentry begins Saturday, September 7 at 12 noon. Priority Two includes permanent residents and essential personnel for critical businesses. Permanent residents must present a valid NC driver’s license or government-issued ID with a local address in an area of the County north of Oregon Inlet. Essential personnel of critical businesses must present a priority two reentry permit with a matching government-issued id.

Please proceed with caution due to standing water, tree limbs, and debris that are still on some roadways. Many traffic lights are still not operating. Watch for hazards, including loose or dangling power lines and report them to local law enforcement or power companies. Please respect crews along roadways that are working diligently to restore power and clear roadways.

Restrictions on ocean swimming remain in place 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.

For detailed information about the staged reentry process and to apply for permits, visit www.darenc.com/reentry.

The Dare County Control Group will continue to meet to assess conditions and implement reentry for additional priorities as conditions improve and power is restored. Updates will be distributed via the county’s emergency alert system. Sign up to receive alerts via text, voice and email at www.darenc.com/alerts or visit darenc.com for updated information.

Dare County 

Disaster Assistance - Dare County wants to help those in need. Please contact the Department of Health and Human Services at 252.475.4196 if you or someone you know needs assistance. In areas of the county most impacted by the storm, relief workers will be in the field knocking on doors, but please reach out and let us know if you need assistance.

Disaster Relief Information - The Outer Banks Community Foundation is coordinating all monetary donations, which are the greatest help to those in need. All donations are tax-deductible and 100% of all donations will be used to directly assist individuals and families in need. Donations can be made online at www.obcf.org/disaster or www.obxdisaster.org.

Dare County Public Works - Details have not been finalized for debris pickup but as the recovery process begins, please begin piling storm related debris into 4 SEPARATE PILES onto the right-of-way:

Vegetative Debris (limbs, leaves, branches, sea grass, etc.) DO NOT BAG!

Construction and Demolition Materials (building materials, concrete, shingles, etc.)

Metal (appliances)

Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics (oil, bleach toilet cleaner, televisions, computers, etc)

All commercial haulers must use the Transfer Stations to dispose of all debris, including storm related, and pay applicable tipping fees.

Damage Assessments - Damage assessment teams are working throughout the county and initial damage estimates will be available once information is collected and collected.

National Park Service, Outer Banks Group

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and the Wright Brothers National Memorial remain closed to all public use. All trails are closed. Do not use any park trails until they can be cleared of all downed trees. Additional resources from the National Park Service begin to arrive today to aid in damage assessments and mitigating immediate risks to life safety.

Town of Duck 

A town-wide damage assessment has not yet been completed but, in general, the damage seems to be minor. Structural damage appears to be limited to minor siding, roof, and fence damage. Town of Duck teams will be out Saturday completing a full damage assessment. The storm caused localized power outages. Check with Dominion power for updates on power restoration. There is some standing water on NC 12 and it is passable. Side roads also have areas of standing water and vegetative debris, so please drive slowly and with caution. Overall, beach erosion is minor with some escarpments north of the pier. Little to no soundside impacts have been identified at this time. On the Duck Trail and in the Duck Town Park please be alert for downed limbs and other debris. Crews will begin cleanup of these areas over the weekend.

Town of Southern Southern Shores

Town streets have been cleared for access. Over the next few days, town staff will be assessing the amount of debris generated by the storm and will provide debris removal information as soon as possible. Town Staff will also be assessing damage to homes and other structures.

Town of Kill Devil Hills

Traffic signals remain inoperable in parts of Kill Devil Hills. Please drive slowly and obey the traffic cones.

Damage assessment teams have been out since early this morning, and are evaluating all affected areas throughout town.

The Town of Kill Devil Hills offices will resume regular office hours on Monday, September 9. Office hours are M-F, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Recycle and Dry Trash Drop-Off Centers remain closed today, but will resume operation during regular hours on Monday, September 9.

Normal residential and commercial refuse collection schedules resume on Monday, September 9.

Town of Nags Head

Traffic signals remain inoperable in parts of Nags Head. Please drive slowly and obey the traffic cones. Please place brush out by the road in front of your home and the Town will collect it in 3-5 days. Please do not place any other trash in your brush pile.

Hurricane Dorian - 9/6/2019 4:35 p.m. Update

Dare County, NC: Restricted Access Into Dare County Remains; Curfew Established for Hatteras Island; Impacts Being Assessed 

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The mandatory evacuation for Dare County remains in place due to hazardous conditions, including downed power lines and trees, impassable roadways and widespread power outages. Access into Dare County will remain restricted until preliminary assessments are completed to determine that conditions are safe. The Dare County Control Group will meet Saturday morning to review assessments and determine reentry procedures. A staged reentry process will be used to facilitate a safe and orderly return.

Once reentry procedures are set, the information will be distributed via the county’s emergency alert system. Sign up to receive alerts via text, voice and email at www.darenc.com/alerts or visit darenc.com for updated information.

Watch for hazards including loose or dangling power lines and report them to local law enforcement or power companies. Motorists are advised to proceed with extreme caution, as standing water and sand may be on roadways.
The Dare County Control Group has established a curfew for Hatteras Island (all areas south of Oregon Inlet) from 8:00 p.m. Friday through 8:00 a.m. Saturday. Roadways on Hatteras Island are covered with sand and water making travel extremely hazardous. NCDOT is working to assess damage along NC 12. All of Hatteras Island is without power. Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative crews are out in the field working on restoration efforts.

Water service to Hatteras Village has been turned off due to a leak that cannot be found and repaired due to flooding. Crews are standing by and once the water recedes, repairs will be made and a water pressure advisory will be issued with a recommendation to boil water.

Hurricane Dorian - 9/6/2019 12:00 p.m. Update

Dangerous Soundside Flooding Continues; Curfews Extended Until 3:00 p.m. For All Areas Except Nags Head and Kitty Hawk

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The Dare County Control Group has extended the curfew until 3:00 p.m. Friday for all areas of Dare County except Kitty Hawk and Nags Head. 

As forecasted, life-threatening conditions are impacting the area including extreme soundside flooding. STAY INDOORS, SHELTER IN PLACE. Emergency responders will be unable to respond to calls for assistance when conditions put their safety at risk.   

All of Hatteras Island is without power. North of Oregon Inlet, approximately 1,800 Dominion customers are without power. On the Dare mainland, over 500 Tideland customers are without power. 

Contact information for reporting power outages, links to view power outage maps and other important information is available at darenc.com/hurricanedorian. 

For updated weather forecasts, watches and warnings from the National Weather Service visit www.weather.gov/mhx.

Hurricane Dorian - 9/6/2019 7:45 a.m. Update

Dangerous Impacts Through Friday Afternoon; Remain Indoors

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Dangerous, life-threatening conditions from Hurricane Dorian will remain throughout the day with strong winds, heavy rains and storm surge from ocean and soundside flooding. As conditions deteriorate this morning, STAY INDOORS, SHELTER IN PLACE. Emergency responders will be unable to respond to calls for assistance when conditions put their safety at risk.   

Flood gauges indicate that water levels in the sounds are dropping as the water is pushed away by the wind. When winds shift, the sound water will rapidly return, bringing extreme soundside flooding for some areas. Do not let your guard down. You can access gauges online to view water levels in real-time at fiman.nc.gov or download the ReadyNC App and check the Flood Gauge tab. 


Contact information for reporting power outages, links to view power outage maps and other important information is available at darenc.com/hurricanedorian. 

For updated weather forecasts, watches and warnings from the National Weather Service visit www.weather.gov/mhx.

Hurricane Dorian - 9/5/2019 6:45 p.m. Update

Dare County, NC: Dare County Advises Everyone To Shelter in Place; Curfews and Restricted Access to the County Begins at 8:00 p.m. 

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The time to safely evacuate has passed and Emergency Management is advising those in Dare County to shelter in place until the storm passes. Conditions will deteriorate overnight and remain hazardous through Friday afternoon. 

Curfews for all areas of Dare County, except for the Town of Kitty Hawk, will begin at 8:00 p.m. until noon on Friday. This curfew may be extended based on conditions.

Access to Dare County will be restricted at 8:00 p.m. with law enforcement stationed at checkpoints. 

According to the National Weather Service:

Storm surge from ocean and soundside flooding is estimated at four to seven feet above the ground, not including wave action. Ocean flooding will increase tonight and continue through Friday night. Soundside flooding is forecasted to begin late Friday morning through Friday afternoon, as the storm passes and winds shift direction.     

Winds are forecasted to reach 70 to 95 mph with gusts to 110 mph. Winds will increase overnight and are forecasted to reach hurricane force early Friday morning and remain in areas of the county through midday Friday.

Rainfall of 6 to 12 inches is forecasted through Friday afternoon with locally higher amounts possible.

Tornadoes are possible as Hurricane Dorian approaches, mainly this evening. 

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

Visit www.darenc.com/hurricanedorian for updated information from Dare County, the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head and Manteo, and the National Park Service, Outer Banks Group.

Hurricane Dorian - 9/5/2019 10:00 a.m. Update

Dorian Will Bring Life-Threatening Impacts; Evacuate Now; Curfews Established; No Entry To Dare County at 8:00 p.m. Thursday 

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The window of opportunity for evacuation is closing. Dare County Emergency Management strongly warns everyone to evacuate immediately to ensure the safety of you and your family. 

North Carolina Emergency Management has opened shelters in other areas of the state, including pet-friendly locations. For updated shelter information, visit https://www.ncdps.gov/storm-shelters. There are no emergency shelters in Dare County. 

Storm surge from ocean and soundside flooding is now estimated at four to seven feet above the ground, not including wave action. According to the National Weather Service, there will be periods of rapid water rise from the soundside as the storm passes, possibly into Friday evening. 

There will be no access into Dare County beginning 8:00 p.m. on Thursday.  

Curfews have been established for all areas of Dare County except the Town of Kitty Hawk beginning at 8:00 p.m. Thursday through noon on Friday. This curfew may be extended based on conditions. No curfews have been established for the Town of Kitty Hawk.

Hurricane Dorian will bring life-threatening impacts to Dare County.  Extreme ocean and soundside flooding, heavy rain and hurricane force winds are forecasted.  Roads will become unsafe for travel and some areas will become inaccessible. Highway 12 on Hatteras Island is especially vulnerable to flooding and will likely become compromised and impassable. 

Power outages are likely for an extended period of time.To view storm surge estimates for your particular area, visit the National Hurricane Center’s storm inundation map http://bit.ly/StormSurgeOBX. Rainfall totals are estimated at eight to ten inches with up to 15 locally in some areas. In addition, winds are expected to reach hurricane force at the height of the storm.  

Dare County remains under a Hurricane Warning and a  Storm Surge Warning. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect through 8:00 p.m. Friday. A Tornado Watch is in effect through 7:00 p.m. Thursday. Monitor updated local weather forecasts, watches and warnings from the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/mhx

The ban on ocean swimming remains in place until further notice. Stay out of the water as it is unsafe for even the most experienced swimmers.  

The next update from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued when necessary to provide critical, storm-related information. Visit www.darenc.com/hurricanedorian for updated information from Dare County, the towns of Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head and Manteo, and the National Park Service, Outer Banks Group.

Subscribe to receive emergency alerts via text, email or phone from Dare County Emergency Management at www.DareNC.com/alerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

Hurricane Dorian - 9/4/2019 6:00 p.m. Update

Dare County, NC: Increased Threat of Storm Surge From Ocean & Sounds; Extreme Flooding & High Winds Will Bring Life-Threatening Conditions; Evacuate Now

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Dare County remains under a Hurricane Warning and a Storm Surge Warning. A Flash Flood Watch will be in effect from 8:00 a.m. Thursday through 8:00 p.m. Friday. The current forecast brings storm force winds to the area beginning late Thursday. Residents and visitors who have not evacuated are strongly advised to make final preparations and leave before conditions deteriorate.

Hurricane Dorian is forecasted to bring life-threatening impacts including flooding, heavy rain and strong winds. Storm surge from ocean and soundside flooding is currently estimated at three to six feet above the ground, not including wave action. To view storm surge estimates for your particular area, visit the National Hurricane Center’s storm inundation map http://bit.ly/StormSurgeOBX. Rainfall totals are estimated at eight to ten inches with up to 15 inches in some areas. In addition, winds are expected to reach hurricane force at the height of the storm.

As stressed earlier, roads are expected to become impassable as the storm moves through late Thursday into Friday. Highway 12 on Hatteras Island is especially vulnerable to flooding and will likely become compromised and impassable as conditions worsen.

The implementation of curfews and any additional prohibitions and restrictions will be announced Thursday following updates from the National Weather Service.

North Carolina Emergency Management has opened shelters in other areas of the state, including pet-friendly locations. For updated shelter information, visit https://www.ncdps.gov/storm-shelters. There are no emergency shelters in Dare County.

The ban on ocean swimming will remain in place until the storm has passed. Stay out of the water as it is unsafe for even the most experienced swimmers.

All Dare County and town offices will be closed Thursday, September 5 and Friday, September 6. There will be no trash collection in any areas of the county on Thursday and Friday. Secure garbage and recycling cans at your home and business in addition to all other outdoor equipment, furniture, gas tanks and grills.

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

The next update from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued when necessary to provide critical, storm-related information. Visit www.darenc.com/hurricanedorian for updated information from Dare County, the towns of Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head and Manteo, and the National Park Service, Outer Banks Group.

Subscribe to receive emergency alerts via text, email or phone from Dare County Emergency Management at www.DareNC.com/alerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

Hurricane Dorian - 9/4/2019 12:00 p.m. Update

Dare County Prepares for Life-Threatening Conditions and Urges Prompt Evacuation; Curfews To Be Established

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Bulletin #3 12:00 p.m.

Dare County is now under a Hurricane Warning and a Storm Surge Warning. Hurricane Dorian is a dangerous and serious threat for all of Dare County. The mandatory evacuation order remains in effect for all visitors and residents. Emergency Management strongly urges everyone to heed the warning and evacuate today. Those who do not evacuate should be prepared to sustain themselves for at least 72 hours. Emergency personnel will not be able to respond to calls for help during the flooding and high winds that are expected during this storm.

The risk of life-threatening storm surge, ocean overwash, soundside flooding, heavy rainfall and high winds will make roadways impassable, possibly for days or longer. Highway 12 on Hatteras Island is especially vulnerable to flooding and will likely become compromised and impassable as conditions deteriorate.

The Dare County Control Group met this morning and determined that curfews will be needed to ensure public safety. Exact timing for implementation of curfews and any additional prohibitions and restrictions will be made after considering updates from the National Weather Service later today and Thursday.

North Carolina Emergency Management has opened shelters in other areas of the state, including locations that are pet-friendly. For updated shelter information, visit https://www.ncdps.gov/storm-shelters. There are no emergency shelters in Dare County.

The ban on ocean swimming will remain in place until the storm has passed. Stay out of the water as it is unsafe for even the most experienced swimmers.

Dare County 

Dare County offices close at 12:00 p.m. today.

Garbage collection is cancelled until further notice.

All Criminal, Civil and Magistrates Court scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday have been cancelled. New court dates will be scheduled and notifications sent out on or after Monday, September 9. To view your new court date and sign up for alerts you can check the web at https://www.nccourts.gov/court-dates after Monday September 9.

The Dare County Libraries in Hatteras, Manteo and Kill Devil Hills will close at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday and will remain closed until further notice. Please note that no overdue fines will be charged on any materials for days the libraries are closed. If we have requested materials waiting for customer pick up, we will continue to hold them for the first three business days after we reopen.

Please do not use the book drops outside the Dare County Libraries, or at Southern Shores Town Hall, Nags Head Town Hall, Fessenden Center in Buxton or Rodanthe. During a storm, wind-driven rain can damage library books and other materials placed inside a book drop.

Town of Manteo 

Manteo Town Hall will be closing at noon on Wednesday, September 4th, in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian. Rest assured that Town staff will be working diligently behind the scenes to prepare for this storm event and to provide essential services.

The regular meeting of the Town of Manteo Board of Commissioners scheduled for September 4 has been postponed until further notice due to Hurricane Dorian. A new date for the meeting will be published on the Town website and social media after the emergency weather situation has passed.

In anticipation of Hurricane Dorian and closure of the waste transfer station, the Town of Manteo is canceling sanitation service on Thursday, September 5. The Town expects to resume sanitation service on Monday, September 9, unless storm impacts are significant.

The Farmers Market in downtown Manteo has been canceled on Saturday, September 7 due to anticipated impacts from Hurricane Dorian. The Farmers Market is expected to return on September 14.

Town of Nags Head

Nags Head offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, September 5 and 6. Essential services such as police and fire protection will continue to be provided until conditions put the safety of first responders at risk.

Trash and recycling carts on Nags Head's blue sanitation route will be emptied today, Wednesday, September 4 instead of on Friday, September 6. Please do not set your trash or recycling carts out to be emptied anytime after the Wednesday collection as they could float or blow into the street or highway.

The Town asks that homeowners and business owners takes steps to secure all outdoor equipment and/or furniture, including gas tanks and propane grills.

Kill Devil Hills

The Town of Kill Devil Hills offices will close at 5:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, September 4. Offices will remain closed through Friday, September 6.

Upon completion of today’s adjusted refuse collection, of the East-side of US 158, all refuse collections will be suspended. Please do not roll out any refuse containers after today’s collection. Secure all refuse containers on your property. Be sure to tie down or bring inside any unsecured lawn items.

The Recycle Center and Dry Trash Drop will close at 4:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, September 4 and will remain closed through Friday, September 6.

Please heed the warnings from local officials and take precautions to ensure your safety and the protection of your property.

Town of Kitty Hawk

The Town of Kitty Hawk is still under a State of Emergency and continues to prepare for Hurricane Dorian. All visitors and residents are encouraged to heed the mandatory evacuation orders in place. Please be reminded that Emergency Personnel will not be able to respond when conditions worsen. Currently there are no entry/exit restrictions in or out of the Town.

There will be no trash collection until further notice. Roll in your trash cans and make sure they are secured along with other loose items. Please do not leave your trash can in the right-of-way.

Town offices are closed until further notice. Town parks and Kitty Hawk Bath House will close this afternoon.

The Kitty Hawk Town Council Meeting scheduled for Monday, September 9 has been rescheduled for Monday, September 16 at 6:00 p.m.

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

Town of Southern Shores

The Town of Southern Shores is open for business as usual today until 5:00 p.m., September 4.

Town Hall will be closed beginning Thursday, September 5.

There will be no trash collection on Friday, September 6.Residents and businesses are encouraged to secure their cans and dumpsters.

Town of Duck

The Town of Duck declared a state of emergency on September 3.

Please secure all outdoor items including trash and recycling cans, grills, lawn ornaments, and outdoor furniture.

There will be NO trash collection on Friday, September 6. Collection is expected to resume Monday, September 9.

Visitors should take all belongings with them as there is no way to know when reentry will occur.

The Town office will close today, September 4 at 12:00 p.m. The office will be closed Thursday, September 5 and Friday, September 6.

Agenda items planned for the September 4 Town Council meeting will be moved to the scheduled October 2 meeting.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

All visitor centers, facilities and off-road vehicle ramps and routes remain closed until further notice. Visitor services and facilities will reopen post-storm after assessments are completed.

Additional Information

For updated information from Dare County Emergency Management, the towns and the National Park Service, visit www.darenc.com/hurricanedorian.

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 from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued on Wednesday, September 4 no later than 6:00 p.m.

Hurricane Dorian - 9/3/2019 4:00 p.m. Update
Hurricane Watch in Effect; Make Final Storm Preparations for Evacuation
DC JIC

Bulletin #2
4:00 p.m.

Dare County is under a Hurricane Watch and all areas of the County remain under a State of Emergency with mandatory evacuation orders in effect.

Visitors who have not yet evacuated should make final preparations and leave prior to sunset today.

A mandatory evacuation order for residents goes into effect at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, September 4).

Confidence continues to increase that serious, life-threatening impacts from Hurricane Dorian will reach the area later this week. The time to make final preparations and evacuate is now.

The State of North Carolina will be opening shelters and locations will be available at readync.org or the ReadyNC app.

There is currently unrestricted access to Dare County and there will be no restrictions through Wednesday to allow final preparations to be made.

As the storm approaches, high winds, flooding from storm surge and heavy rainfall may lead to unsafe road conditions and closures. Emergency responders will be unable to respond to calls for assistance when conditions put their safety at risk.

Restrictions on ocean swimming are in place 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.

Evacuation Transportation Available for Those without Access to Vehicles

Transportation is available on Wednesday, September 4 to a shelter in Rocky Mount, NC for Dare County residents who do not have access to transportation. Individuals evacuating on the buses need to bring clothing and medications for seven days.

Shelters are available for dogs and cats. Owners can transport these pets on the buses. Pets are required to be in kennels. Owners need to bring their pet’s vaccination records with them.

The details are as follows:

Hatteras Island

Bus will be at Cape Hatteras Elementary School from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The bus will leave at 12:30 p.m.

Transportation to Cape Hatteras Elementary School is available from Dare County Transportation System until 9:30 a.m.

Roanoke Island & Northern Beaches

A bus will be at the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau located at One Visitors Center Circle in Manteo off Highway 64 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The bus will leave at 2:00 p.m.

Transportation to the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau is available from Dare County Transportation System until 12:00 p.m.

Contact the Dare County Transportation System at 252.475.5640 to arrange transportation to departure points. Staff is available on Tuesday until 9:00 p.m. and will be available beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 4.

Dare County 

Dare County offices will close at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 3.

Commercial trash collection will be on the regular schedule for Wednesday, September 4.

There will be no collection after Wednesday until the storm has passed.

Residents and businesses are encouraged to secure their cans and dumpsters.

Town of Manteo 

The regular meeting of the Town of Manteo Board of Commissioners scheduled for September 4 has been postponed until further notice due to Hurricane Dorian. A new date for the meeting will be published on the Town website and social media after the emergency weather situation has passed.

Town of Nags Head

Nags Head's Board of Commissioners meeting, originally scheduled for Wednesday, September 4 will be postponed to Monday, September 16 at 9 a.m.

Trash and recycling carts on Nags Head's blue sanitation route will be emptied tomorrow, Wednesday, September 4 instead of on Friday, September 6. Please do not set your trash or recycling carts out to be emptied anytime after the Wednesday collection as they could float or blow into the street or highway.

The Town asks that homeowners and business owners takes steps to secure all outdoor equipment and/or furniture, including gas tanks and propane grills.

Kill Devil Hills

The Town of Kill Devil Hills is open for business as usual today, September 3. The Town Hall will open at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow, September 4.

Regular refuse collections West of US 158 will continue through today, Tuesday, September 3. An adjusted refuse collection East of US 158 will be made Wednesday, September 4. Due to the impending effects of Hurricane Dorian, all refuse collections following Wednesday’s adjusted East-side collection will be postponed until the beginning of the week of Monday, September 9.

The Recycle Center and Dry Trash Drop will operate on a normal schedule, closing at 4:00 p.m., today, Tuesday, September 3. The Centers will re-open at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, September 4.

Also in preparation of the upcoming storm, please make sure all refuse containers are secure, once the collections have been made. Be sure to tie down or bring in any unsecured lawn items.

Town of Kitty Hawk

The Town of Kitty Hawk has declared a State of Emergency and has begun to prepare for Hurricane Dorian. All visitors and residents are encouraged to heed the mandatory evacuation orders in place. Please be reminded that Emergency Personnel will not be able to respond when conditions worsen.

Commercial Trash Collection will take place as scheduled on Wednesday, September 4. There will be NO residential trash collection in Kitty Hawk on Thursday, September 5 and no further trash collection until weather permits. Please roll in your trash cans and make sure they are secured along with other loose items. Please do not leave your trash can in the right-of-way.

Town offices will be closed beginning Wednesday, September 4.

The Recycle Center is now closed and will remain closed for the remainder of the week. Windgrass Circle Park, Sandy Run Park and the Kitty Hawk Bath House will close the afternoon, Wednesday, September 4 until further notice.

The Kitty Hawk Town Council Meeting scheduled for Monday, September 9 has been rescheduled for Monday, September 16 at 6:00 pm.

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

Town of Southern Shores

Recycling will be collected as scheduled in Southern Shores on Wednesday, September 4.

Town of Duck

All events cancelled this week.

The Town Council Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 4 is postponed until further notice.

No trash collection Friday, September 6. Collection is expected to resume Monday, September 9.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial suspended all visitor services beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, September 3. According to current forecasts, it is likely that Hurricane Dorian will impact the parks in the coming days.

Additionally:

· All visitor centers and facilities closed on September 2 and remain closed until further notice.

· All Off-Road Vehicle Ramps and Routes closed at 9 p.m. on September 2.

· September 2 was the last night for camping in Oregon Inlet, Cape Point, Frisco and Ocracoke Campgrounds.

Visitor services and facilities will reopen post-storm after assessments are completed.


Additional Information

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 from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued on Wednesday, September 4 no later than 12:00 p.m.


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Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial will suspend all visitor services beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, September 3, 2019. According to current forecasts, it is likely that Hurricane Dorian will impact the parks in the coming days.

Additionally:

· All visitor centers and facilities will close at normal hours on September 2nd and remain closed until further notice.

· All Off-Road Vehicle Ramps and Routes will close to off-road vehicle access at 9 p.m. on September 2nd.

· September 2nd is the last night for camping in Oregon Inlet, Cape Point, Frisco and Ocracoke Campgrounds. All campers must vacate by 10 a.m. on September 3rd.

Visitor services and facilities will reopen post-storm after assessments are completed.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial will suspend all visitor services beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, September 3, 2019. According to current forecasts, it is likely that Hurricane Dorian will impact the parks in the coming days.

Additionally:

· All visitor centers and facilities will close at normal hours on September 2nd and remain closed until further notice.

· All Off-Road Vehicle Ramps and Routes will close to off-road vehicle access at 9 p.m. on September 2nd.

· September 2nd is the last night for camping in Oregon Inlet, Cape Point, Frisco and Ocracoke Campgrounds. All campers must vacate by 10 a.m. on September 3rd.

Visitor services and facilities will reopen post-storm after assessments are completed.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial will suspend all visitor services beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, September 3, 2019. According to current forecasts, it is likely that Hurricane Dorian will impact the parks in the coming days.

Additionally:

· All visitor centers and facilities will close at normal hours on September 2nd and remain closed until further notice.

· All Off-Road Vehicle Ramps and Routes will close to off-road vehicle access at 9 p.m. on September 2nd.

· September 2nd is the last night for camping in Oregon Inlet, Cape Point, Frisco and Ocracoke Campgrounds. All campers must vacate by 10 a.m. on September 3rd.

Visitor services and facilities will reopen post-storm after assessments are completed.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial will suspend all visitor services beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, September 3, 2019. According to current forecasts, it is likely that Hurricane Dorian will impact the parks in the coming days.

Additionally:

· All visitor centers and facilities will close at normal hours on September 2nd and remain closed until further notice.

· All Off-Road Vehicle Ramps and Routes will close to off-road vehicle access at 9 p.m. on September 2nd.

· September 2nd is the last night for camping in Oregon Inlet, Cape Point, Frisco and Ocracoke Campgrounds. All campers must vacate by 10 a.m. on September 3rd.

Visitor services and facilities will reopen post-storm after assessments are completed.



Hurricane Dorian - 9/2/2019 3:00 p.m. Update

State of Emergency Issued For Dare County; Evacuation Orders Issued

DC JIC

Bulletin #1
3:00 p.m.

The Dare County Control Group met Monday afternoon to receive a briefing from the National Weather Service and to discuss actions necessary to ensure public safety across Dare County.  With confidence increasing that Dare County will see significant, life threatening impacts from Hurricane Dorian later this week, a state of emergency has been issued for all areas of Dare County including the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head,  Manteo and all unincorporated areas including Hatteras Island, Roanoke Island and the Dare mainland.  

A mandatory evacuation has been issued for all Dare County visitors beginning Tuesday, September 3 at 12:00 p.m. A mandatory evacuation order for all Dare County residents becomes effective at 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 4.  

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

The state of emergency includes restrictions on ocean 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.  

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 reentry permits from previous years are no longer valid. Permanent 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.

If you or someone you know has special medical needs and may need assistance during an emergency, please call the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services, Social Services Division at 252.475.5500 to register for the Special Medical Needs registry. Offices will open at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3. For more information, visit www.darenc.com/specialmedicalneeds. 

The next update from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued on Tuesday, September 3 no later than 4:00 p.m. 

State of Emergency Declared in Kill Devil Hills

September 2, 2019 at 2:55 p.m.

KDH State of Emergency HD-1