Hurricane Florence Updates

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September 18, 2018 | The Outer Banks is Back in Business

We have been spared the worst of Hurricane Florence and now our attention turns to helping our neighbors to the south and west. The Outer Banks is in great shape and we look forward to an amazing upcoming fall season. In order to help those in need in other areas of North and South Carolina, we are donating a portion of revenue from reservations taken between September 15th and October 19th of this year to Hurricane Disaster Relief. All remaining 2018 weeks and any 2019 weeks count towards our giving goal. We know how lucky we were to have avoided the destruction that Florence has brought to our neighbors and want to help those communities get back on thier feet. Call (888) 853-7770 or search here on our website to make your next OBX vacation reservation this month and help us give to those in need!

September 15, 2018, 2:25 pm | Hatteras Island Re-Entry Procedures Announced

Just in from Dare County Emergency Management:

Beginning today, September 15th at 2:30 pm, Priority Levels Two and Three will be allowed to access Hatteras Island. That's residents, property owners and workers. Hatteras Island VISITORS will be allowed access beginning Sunday, September 16th at 3:00 pm. As previously mentioned, visitors are able to access the areas north of Oregon Inlet tomorrow at 7 am, and now those needing to get south of Oregon Inlet will be allowed to continue on starting at 3 pm. Travel safely!

September 15, 2018 | We're Back in the Offices and Prepping for Guest Arrival

We're back at work this morning and it's a busy day! Many of our staff are just returning home and we have lots to do so we're ready to welcome our guests. The Outer Banks will be open to vacationers beginning Sunday, September 16 at 7:00 am, for all areas north of Oregon Inlet only. Hatteras Island access remains closed until the required assessment of the Bonner Bridge, which is scheduled for today. Our beaches look amazing and businesses are opening back up, so plan on heading here tomorrow!

If you are staying in:

Carova, Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills or Nags Head - we will see you tomorrow!

If you are staying in:

Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco or Hatteras Village, please await additional updates as travel conditions are assessed and approved for access to the island. 

Full details can be found on the Dare and Currituck County web sites.

The beach is in great shape and it's going to be a fantastic week! Everyone is looking forward to welcoming vacationers back.

September 14, 2018 10:35 am | Reentry Guidelines Established for Areas North of Oregon Inlet

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 well as the Currituck Outer Banks (Corolla and Carova)

Our area 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 to include Priorities Two and Three. This includes permanent residents, essential personnel for critical businesses, non resident property owners and  non resident employees of non critical businesses. Priority One essential personnel with passes issued by Dare County and Currituck County Emergency Management are already being allowed entry.

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 or Currituck County Emergency Management at co.currituck.nc.us/currituck-alert/. Visit www.darenc.com/reentry for details on the staged reentry process.  

Those traveling to Dare County or the Currituck Outer Banks 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.  

September 12, 2018 | Storm Track Shifted South and West, OBX Still Under Hurricane Warning and Mandatory Evac

From the Dare County Emergency Management bulletin at 10:34 am:

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.

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.  

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 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 13 only essential personnel with a Priority One pass issued by Dare County or Currituck 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.

September 11, 2018 | Outer Banks Under Hurricane and Storm Surge Watch

A Storm Surge Watch has been issued for the east coast of the United States from Edisto Beach, South Carolina northward to the North Carolina-Virginia border, including the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds. A Hurricane Watch has been issued for the east coast of the United States from Edisto Beach, South Carolina, northward to the North Carolina-Virginia border, including the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds.

A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.

The Dare County Outer Banks remains under a mandatory evacuation of all residents and guests, with the Currituck County Outer Banks has also called for a mandatory evacuation of residents and visitors from Corolla and Carova. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

September 10, 2018 | Outer Banks Prepping for Hurricane Florence

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. Currituck County is also under mandatory evacuation of visitors for Corolla and Carova, beginning at 7 am Tuesday.

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.

More details will follow for guests currently in house, and those expected to arrive this coming weekend.