5 Sep 2019
Below is the latest update from Dare County.
A mandatory evacuation order remains in effect for both visitors and residents of Dare County.
We have completed storm prep for all of our rental homes and office locations. Our office and phone lines will remain open until noon today. Starting at noon, all of our office locations will be closed for the duration of the storm. Once Hurricane Dorian has passed, we will assess conditions on the island and determine at that time if it safe for our staff to return to work.
We know that you will have questions regarding the status of your vacation and access to the island. Once the storm passes and our staff is able to safely return to work, we will begin assessing our vacation rental homes, and be better equipped at addressing questions/concerns for upcoming reservations.
We will continue to post updates to our Facebook page and blog as information becomes available. We do ask that our guests stay vigilant and keep track of outside websites for up to date information on Hurricane Dorian. We’ve post websites below.
Thank you to all of our visitors and homeowners for being understanding and patient during this time. We appreciate all of your kind words, thoughts, and prayers you have sent our way!
Bulletin #5 10:00 a.m.
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, 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.
Dare County Website: https://www.darenc.com/departments/emergency-management/hurricane-dorian
NOAA National Hurricane Center: https://www.noaa.gov/
NCDOT NC 12: https://www.facebook.com/NCDOTNC12/
NC DPS: https://www.ncdps.gov/dorian2019
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