3 Sep 2019
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.
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.
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.
· 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.
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.