September 11, 2019 5:30 pm | Unrestricted Access to All Areas of Dare County Begins Thursday at Noon
Unrestricted access to the villages of Frisco and Hatteras Village will begin at noon on Thursday, September 12. It is important for visitors to check with their rental company or accommodations provider to confirm reservations before traveling to the area since some properties were impacted and require repairs.
There is currently unrestricted access north of Oregon Inlet, including the Towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo, Roanoke Island, Colington and mainland Dare. On Hatteras Island, there is unrestricted access to the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, and the northern areas of Buxton.
NOTE: Some homes and businesses on Hatteras Island suffered significant impacts and they are in the process of recovering; your patience and understanding are truly appreciated.
September 9, 2019 7:30 pm | Reentry for Additional Sections of Hatteras Island on Wednesday
Unrestricted access to the village of Avon and northern areas of Buxton will begin at noon, Wednesday, September 11. Priority Three will remain in place for areas south of Buxton Back Road and NC 12 (NC SR 1232 at Cape Hatteras Secondary School), including the villages of Frisco and Hatteras. Visitors will not be allowed past the checkpoint at Cape Hatteras Secondary School.
The Dare County Control Group will continue meeting to determine reentry guidelines for the villages of Frisco and Hatteras. 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/reentry for additional reentry details.
September 8, 2019 7:00 pm | Reentry for Northern Hatteras Island Begins Tuesday at Noon
Unrestricted access to the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo on Hatteras Island will begin at noon, Tuesday, September 10. We expect these guests to be able to check-in after 4 pm on Tuesday.
At this time, the villages in southern Hatteras Island, which include Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras are not open for visitors. The Dare County Control Group will meet Monday evening to determine any changes to reentry guidelines for these villages. 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.
September 8, 2019 9:00 am | Reentry Granted for Currituck Outer Banks Monday at 8 am
Currituck County will allow access for visitors into Corolla or Carova beginning at 8:00am Monday, September 9th. Dare County will be open as of 4:00 today, so you will be able to get to Corolla Monday morning. The Currituck County Sheriff’s Department has checkpoints set up and anyone without proper ID or an appropriate pass will be turned around before this time.
Crews have been working hard to restore power to the Currituck Outer Banks and progress has been made. Our staff will be out inspecting, assessing, and cleaning properties this weekend, in anticipation of welcoming guests as soon as the evacuation order is lifted. These properties will be available for check-in after 4 pm tomorrow.
September 8, 2019 6:00 am | Priority Four Reentry North of Oregon Inlet
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.
We have not yet received word on the Currituck Outer Banks areas of Corolla and Carova. They are still only allowing permanent residents at this time.
Dangerous surf conditions remain. Beachgoers are asked to check ocean conditions before heading out at https://www.weather.gov/beach/mhx.
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.
The Dare County Control Group will continue meeting to determine when Priority Four reentry for Hatteras Island is safe for visitors. Visit www.darenc.com for more information.
September 7, 2019 9:30 am | Still No Access for Visitors
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 & 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.
For detailed information about the staged reentry process, visit www.darenc.com/reentry.
September 6, 2019 4:30 pm | Dare County Remains Under Mandatory Evacuation
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.
September 6, 2019 2:30 pm | Hurricane Dorian Moving On
Dorian continues to bring significant rain, wind, and soundside flooding to the Outer Banks. There are trees down in many areas and widespread power outages. We aren't sure what to expect tomorrow as far as road conditions, or if the evacuation order will be lifted. Our offices will re-open as soon as conditions allow. Once we are able to open, we will need time to assess the condition of properties and get them cleaned and ready for guest arrivals. We appreciate your understanding.
Dare and Currituck Counties will determine when post-Dorian conditions allow for re-entry. Please continue to check the Dare and Currituck County Government sites for those details.
Thank you for the many kind words of support we have received. We look forward to welcoming guests soon!
September 4, 2019 9:30 am | Sun Realty Offices to Close at Noon Today
All Sun Realty offices will be closing at noon on Wednesday, September 4th in order to complete storm preparation. We will reopen when conditions allow. Stay tuned to our website and social media for storm updates. To sign up for emergency updates form local government offices, visit the following sites:
- For Dare County owners and guests (you will need access to Dare County, even if staying in Corolla and Carova): Sign up for Dare County Emergency Alerts.
- For Currituck County owners and guests (Corolla and Carova): Sign up for Currituck Alerts.
The following towns are located in Dare County: Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head/South Nags Head, Manteo/Roanoke Island, Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, Hatteras Village. Corolla and Carova are located in Currituck County.
September 3, 2019 11:00 am | A Hurricane Watch Has Been Issued for the Outer Banks and Mandatory Evacuation of Currituck Outer Banks
A Hurricane Watch has been issued from north of South Santee River, SC to Duck, North Carolina, including the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds. Continue to monitor weather forecasts for the latest. All visitors to Dare County are to evacuate at noon today and residents at 6 am tomorrow. A State of Emergency has been declared for both Dare and Currituck Counties. The Currituck Outer Banks communities of Corolla and Carova have been ordered to evacuate beginning at 8 am Wednesday, September 4th.
September 2, 2019 4:00 pm | Mandatory Evacuation Ordered for Dare County
Dare County has ordered a mandatory evacuation of visitors, beginning at noon on Tuesday, September 3rd and residents beginning at 6 am on Wednesday, September 4th, as we prepare to expect some impacts from Hurricane Dorian. There are currently no evacuation orders in place for Currituck County, which includes Corolla and Carova.
Stay tuned to weather advisories from the National Hurricane Center. We will update our website and social media pages as quickly as we can and will reach out via email to owners and guests as soon as we have more information.