Live blog: Tropical Storm Hermine on the Outer Banks

By on September 2, 2016

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Sunday, 6 p.m.


Sunday at the Bodie Island lighthouse. Daniel Elk

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Sunday, 3:30 p.m.

Dominion Power says the number of customer outages this afternoon in Dare County stands at 2,319, and in Currituck at 969. Crews from Virginia have been steadily arriving in the area to assist in restoration efforts.

“We expect to have service restored to all locations that can accept service in these areas by 5:00 p.m. Monday,” according to an update at DOM.com.

“Customers with a Monday estimated time of restoration should check back occasionally as estimated times can improve as we continue to move resources into these offices,” the power company said.

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If you see any low-hanging or downed wires, or if your services have been interrupted, call 1-866-DOM-HELP or 1-866-366-4357, or report it via the Dominion website.
 

McCrory joined by local and state officials in Creswell. (Gov. Office)

Gov. Pat McCrory visited Tyrrell and Washington counties this morning, where up to 8 inches of rain and high winds have caused major damage to crops and farmland.

Exact estimates on damage to agricultural interests in North Carolina are still be calculated.

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State and local officials have not said when storm debris pick-up will begin, as they are still assessing the scope Hermine’s impact.

They will be coordinating with the federal government on possible disaster declarations that could assist local and state entities in paying for the clean-up along with potential financial assistance to individuals and businesses.


Sunday, 12:30 p.m.

From the Town of Southern Shores:

Currently FEMA funding is not available to cover the costs of the town removing recent storm-generated waste brought out from property owners’ yards.

However there will be a date scheduled and announced in the near future for Town removal of storm-generated yard waste put out by homeowners as a result of Tropical Storm Hermine.

The Town of Southern Shores will have to fund that removal alone unless there is a declaration of disaster by the federal or state governments.

In the meantime, the monthly limb and branch removal service will continue as scheduled – however pick-up will only be within the normal guidelines of that service.

In accordance with existing Town policy, please note that attempts are being made to remind tree and branch removal contractors that any yard waste handled by them on behalf of a property owner must be hauled away for proper disposal.

The special Town storm-generated debris pick-up event is for yard waste only. Please refrain from placing standard bulk items in the street right-of-way until the standard semi-bulk pickup in October.


Sunday, 12:20 p.m.

The NCDOT Ferry Division has resumed service on all routes. The mandatory evacuation for Ocracoke has also been lifted.


Sunday, 9 a.m.

There has not been much change to the number of Dominion customers in the dark this morning, with 3,800 reported in Dare County. Around 1,700 were without electricity in Currituck.

According to Dom.com, most of the outages are forecast to be repaired by this evening, but some may not be fixed until sometime Monday.

Bob Muller shares what he is seeing in Nags Head this morning:


Sunday, 8:45 a.m.

John Tice, owner of John’s Drive-In in Kitty Hawk, says there’s been overwash this morning at Mile Post 4:


Saturday, 9 p.m.

With Hermine forecast to park off the Mid-Atlantic into early next week, the beaches in Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Buxton will be vulnerable to overwash with just a narrow strip of sand and little-to-no dune for protection of oceanfront structures and N.C. 12.


Saturday, 8:45 p.m.

From the National Park Service:

Facilities and services at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial will begin to reopen Sunday, September 4, post Tropical Storm Hermine.

Park staff will be making assessments starting early tomorrow morning. Facilities and services will reopen after assessments deem that the facility/service is safe and secure.

Access ramps and routes will be opening for off-road vehicle use on a rolling basis as each ramp and beach area is assessed. This will include assessment and reestablishing protection as needed for the approximately 120 sea turtle nests that existed prior to the storm.

Facility and service openings will be announced via park social media sites and/or press releases.
Dangerous rip currents and shore break will continue for several days as long period swell from Tropical Storm Hermine continues to impact the area.


Saturday, 8:35 p.m.

Contractors making repairs to lines down in Harbinger where a massive tree fell onto U.S. 158 this morning. (Sam Walker)

Work to restore power continues across the region. Contractors have been pouring into the area this evening to help the local power companies. Around 3,900 customers in Dare County and 3,700 in Currituck County were still without electricity according to Dominion Power at 8:30 p.m.

The high voltage line feeding Ocracoke had to be shut off for a period time this evening, to allow crews to make repairs on Hatteras Island.

Travelers should expect delays in the areas where work to repair the grid is taking place into Sunday.


Saturday, 8:30 p.m.

Latest statement from Hyde County:

Based on the Ocracoke Control Group Meeting held today, with the Ferry Division, National Park Service and Representatives from both Dare and Hyde County, there is a plan to lift the mandatory visitors evacuation on Sunday as the ferries resume operations and Dare County roads allow.

North Carolina Ferry Division will be doing test runs tomorrow at 7 a.m., pending successful ferry runs and positive road conditions the mandatory evacuation should be lifted.


Saturday, 8:25 p.m.

From Dare County Emergency Management:

Tropical Storm Hermine finally moved offshore, but not before providing greater impacts than expected. After winds shifted Saturday morning, the back side of the storm brought significant winds and greater flooding than forecasted. The southern villages on Hatteras Island experienced as much as 5 feet of soundside flooding.

While winds are slowly decreasing from the sounds, significant ocean impacts — surge, wave run-up, erosion and overwash — are expected this evening near time of high tide, approximately 9:30 p.m.

All major roads and bridges are now open in Dare County; however, some roadways are still flooded. Proceed with caution and expect delays. For updated road conditions call 511, go to www.ncdot.gov/traffictravel or download the NC Ready App at www.readync.com.

As water recedes and clean up begins, safety is of utmost importance. Report any downed power lines immediately and stay away from both the downed lines and trees that may be touching them.

Damage assessment teams will be in the field on Sunday surveying the effects of Tropical Storm Hermine.

Tropical Storm Hermine is expected to slow and stall off the Delmarva/New Jersey coast and produce large swells that will keep waves and water levels elevated along the northern Outer Banks through mid-week.


Saturday, 5:45 p.m.

Frank Folb, outgoing owner of Frank and Fran’s Tackle Shop in Avon, describes the scene on Hatteras Island as the soundside flooding receded to Beach 104:


Saturday, 5:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service now says three people were injured by a tornado that hit the Hatteras Sands Campground in Hatteras village around 1 a.m. this morning.


Saturday, 5 p.m.

Traffic is moving again on the Alligator River Bridge. It has been closed since this morning’s fatal tractor trailer crash.


Saturday, 4:35 p.m.

From the NCDOT Ferry Division:

Higher than expected winds and significant soundside flooding have led the N.C Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division to cancel most ferry routes for the remainder of Saturday. Southport-Fort Fisher and Pamlico River are the only two routes currently operating.

State officials were optimistic that conditions would improve enough throughout the day to resume operations, but the lingering effects of Tropical Storm Hermine made passage unsafe in most locations. Recent reports from Ocracoke and Currituck indicated winds in excess of 50 mph, and forecasters predict 30 mph winds throughout the evening.

The Southport-Fort Fisher ferry was back on a regular schedule at 10 a.m., and the U.S. Coast Guard cleared the Pamlico River crossing to resume with the 3:30 p.m. ferry from Bayview.

Sunday’s 7 a.m. ferry from Swan Quarter to Ocracoke is also canceled. Ferry Division personnel will attempt test runs later on Sunday as conditions improve. Approval from the U.S. Coast Guard is required before operations may resume.


Saturday, 4:23 p.m.

Bonner Bridge has reopened in both directions.


Saturday, 4:15 p.m.

• Bonner Bridge southbound remains closed due to sand and water on N.C. 12 on Hatteras Island.
• Alligator River Bridge remains closed in both directions due to earlier crash.
• All other bridges are open.

A caller to Beach 104 said that the biggest problem driving on N.C. 12 on Pea Island from Rodanthe to Oregon Inlet was blowing and blinding sand.


Saturday, 3:30 p.m.


Saturday, 3:15 p.m.


Saturday, 3 p.m.

Traveling to Carova on the beach is a bit of a challenge:


Saturday, 2:50 p.m.


Saturday, 2:45 p.m.


Saturday, 2:25 p.m.

From the N.C. Highway Patrol:
The State Highway Patrol along with the North Carolina Department of Transportation has closed two Dare County bridges due to vehicle collisions.

At approximately 9:42 a.m., the State Highway Patrol responded to the US 64 Alligator River Bridge due to an overturned tractor trailer.

Investigators determined high winds contributed to the overturned vehicle which resulted in one fatality. At approximately 12 p.m., the Highway Patrol responded to another overturned tractor trailer on the Virginia Dare Bridge.

It is unknown at this time how long the two bridges will be closed and motorist are urged to use different routes around the two bridges.

The Wright Memorial Bridge, the Herbert Bonner Bridge, the Washington Baum Bridge, and the Old Manns Harbor Bridge remain open.

Authorities urge drivers of commercial motor vehicles to use caution if attempting to cross any of the bridges within Dare County as high winds are still a factor.


Saturday, 1:45 p.m.


Saturday, 1:15 p.m.

Beach 104’s Jody O’Donnell talked to Ginger Knight about the situation at Frank and Fran’s in Avon on Hatteras Island:

John Harper from 99.1 The Sound reports white caps are rolling across Queen Elizabeth Street in Manteo.


Saturday, 1:05 p.m.

The water is rising on the Nags Head-Manteo causeway and on Roanoke Island, according to Amy McGurk:


Saturday, 12:50 p.m.

The water has risen dramatically on Hatteras Island, as Ginger Knight shows from Frank and Fran’s in Avon. About one foot from the Pamlico Sound is on N.C. 12, and the water is in the parking lot for the first time in years.


Saturday, 12:35 p.m.

Russ Lay reports the eastbound Virginia Dare Bridge is closed by an overturned tractor trailer. Travel through Manns Harbor is blocked because of high water as well, so Old U.S. 64 as an alternate is not available.


Saturday, 12:15 p.m.

This building on the corner of Water and Elizabeth streets in Elizabeth City  lost windows as Tropical Storm Hermine blew through. (Dee Langston)


Saturday, 11:50 a.m.

Reports of trees and power lines down continue to stream into Dare Central Communications. Outages across northeastern North Carolina have almost reached 15,000 in the Dominion service territory, with 2,088 customers in Dare County and 7,372 in Currituck.

N.C. 12 has been closed in Kitty Hawk between Lillian Street and Kitty Hawk Road because of potential for overwash in the area of the Beach Road washed out previously by multiple storms.

Squalls on the backside of the storm continue to move across the area at times, followed by periods of calm:


Saturday, 11:05 a.m.

https://twitter.com/NCDOT_Ferry/status/772088333518327808


Saturday, 10:50 a.m.

Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie tells our Russ Lay that the Alligator River Bridge will remain closed to traffic until at least 2 p.m. due to the nature of the crash involving a tractor-trailer. It was the second truck accident on the bridge today.

Tyrrell County Sheriff Darryl Liverman subsequently reported that the driver was killed in the accident. The tractor-trailer overturned on the Alligator River Bridge, apparently due to high wind. Emergency crews are still on the scene, and NCDOT has closed the bridge.


Saturday, 10:40 a.m.

Wave watching at Avalon Pier. (Pat Morris)

View from Mother Vineyard on Roanoke Island:

Update from Currituck Emergency Management:

Key points include:
1. Currituck County is under a Flash Flood Watch until 8 pm tonight, and a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect.
2. High tides today may impact travel at the North Beach Access Ramp and beach road.
3. Possible sound-side flooding may occur.

Reports of downed power lines and trees from various locations throughout the county have been reported to Currituck 911. All emergency services in Currituck County, including Emergency Management, 911 Communications, Sheriff’s Office, Fire-Emergency Medical Services, and Volunteer Fire Departments are staffed and able to respond to reported incidents.

All major roads in Currituck County are open, but citizens are advised to travel only if necessary and be cautious of standing water on roadways and downed trees or power lines across roads. Anyone observing a downed power line should report it to 911 and should not try to move the power line themselves.

Vacationers scheduled to come into Currituck County this weekend should contact their rental management company before they arrive to check on the condition of their house and local area.


Saturday, 10:25 a.m.

Update from Dare County Emergency Management:

Tropical Storm Hermine passed through the area overnight leaving standing water and a number of downed trees and power lines.

NCDOT and local fire departments continue working to clear the roads as quickly as possible. While an initial inspection indicates that all roads in the county are passable, please limit travel this morning to allow cleanup crews time to work safely.

Overnight, a reported tornado touched down at a campground in Hatteras Village. Initial reports were two trailers damaged with four people transported to the Avon Medical Clinic with minor injuries. Later reports indicate that two cabanas were also damaged.

While the storm has passed, winds will continue to shift this morning and the potential for soundside flooding remains.

Safety is an important consideration as howeowners and businesses survey their property and begin clean up.

Beware of downed power lines. Report them as soon as possible and stay away from both the downed lines and trees that may be touching them.

Do not walk in or play in flooded areas especially in bare feet or flimsy footwear. You may be at risk for possible infection or injury from flood waters. If you do come into contact with flood water, wash exposed skin thoroughly with soap and safe water.

Surf conditions will remain rough for a few more days with high risk for rip currents and large breaking surf indicating that conditions are dangerous for swimmers of all levels.

Water is screaming through the Coinjock Canal:


Saturday, 10 a.m.

Another crash involving a tractor-trailer has been reported on the Alligator River Bridge, and U.S. 64 between Dare and Tyrrell counties has been closed again to traffic.

From the NCDOT Ferry Division:

To protect the safety of its passengers and crew members, the N.C Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division will continue to suspend operations at all crossings until weather conditions improve.

High winds continue to impact the coastal region, even as the center of Tropical Storm Hermine moves into the Atlantic Ocean. Early morning reports indicated sustained winds of 40 mph and gusts as high as 60 mph in some locations.

Ferry crews will conduct test runs when winds subside, which could be as early as Saturday afternoon. Clearance must be issued by the U.S. Coast Guard before operations may resume.


Saturday, 9:35 a.m.

Mike “Moose” Smith from Beach 104 has an update from along the Roanoke Sound north of Manteo:


Saturday, 9:35 a.m.

Starting to see sunshine breaking out in many locations:

Sandra Boyd at Wanchese Harbor:

Rainwater flooding in the regular spots on N.C. 12 in Waves on northern Hatteras Island, according to Tiffany Riggs:


Saturday, 9:25 a.m.

The earlier crash on the Alligator River Bridge has been cleared, and U.S. 64 between East Lake and Columbia has reopened to traffic.


Saturday, 9:10 a.m.


Big surf at the Avalon Pier in Kill Devil Hills this morning. (Rob Morris)


Caller to Beach 104 says a box truck has been overturned by the wind on the Alligator River Bridge, and the U.S. 64 span between Dare and Tyrrell counties remains closed to traffic.


Saturday, 8:50 a.m.

From the N.C. Department of Transportation:

Tropical Storm Hermine is on its way up the east coast, but left behind poor driving conditions in most of the Outer Banks. A preliminary check by Department of Transportation maintenance staff indicates almost all roads have some standing water, and a number of trees down on roadways throughout Dare County.

Combined with other debris and in some cases downed power lines, and area residents and visitors are urged to stay off the roads for now to allow transportation and power crews and fire departments to safely work on the cleanup.

On N.C. 12, between Southern Shores and Nags Head the highway appears to be in good shape, but there is standing water on the road surface. On Pea Island crews are clearing some areas where sand has covered the road, but there are many areas of standing water that drivers need to use extra caution to navigate.

Between Buxton and Hatteras, there are also many areas of standing water, particularly at the northern end of Hatteras Village. Ocracoke Island has 4 to 6 inches of water on N.C. 12, and sand blown onto the highway is being cleared.

It doesn’t appear to be any structural damage to the main roads in the county, but not all secondary roads have been checked yet.

Still to come is high tide at about 9:30 this morning, which is expected to bring some sound side flooding.

The department had been preparing for storm cleanup since early in the week, with extra equipment put in place on Ocracoke Island, Buxton, Kitty Hawk and Pea Island. In addition, area construction sites, including at the Bonner Bridge project had secured or moved equipment.

Elsewhere the northeastern corner of the state, there is some localized flooding in low lying areas and scattered trees down, especially in Camden and Currituck counties.

A few road closures are reported in Chowan, Columbia and Tyrell counties because of standing water. Martin, Northampton, Hertford and Bertie counties have very little to no flooding with very few trees down. With strong winds expected to continue through the afternoon, drivers need to remain alert to possible additional trees coming down on roadways.

With water and in locations sand on the roadways, with power lines and other debris possible issues, again drivers are reminded to avoid unnecessary travel until later this morning. And if you must go out, use extra care and take precautions:

• Do not drive through flooded areas. If you see a flooded roadway ahead, turn around and take an alternate route to your destination. If there is no alternate route, head to higher ground and wait for the water to subside. Do not attempt to cross over a flooded road even if it seems shallow. Just one foot of water can float many vehicles, while two feet of rushing water can carry away vehicles including SUVs and pick-ups.

• After driving through water, tap your brake pedal to help dry your brake rotor.

• Know what to do if your car begins to hydroplane. Hydroplaning occurs when your tires glide across the surface of the water on the road. If your car starts to hydroplane, take your foot off the gas, but do not stomp on the brakes. Instead, apply the brakes in a steady, slightly firm manner, and steer in the direction of the skid. If you have a manual transmission push in the clutch and let the car slow down on its own. If you have an automatic transmission, hold the steering wheel steady and lightly apply the brakes. For cars that have antilock brakes, you should apply more pressure to the brakes, but avoid pumping them.

• Allow more travel time, and reduce your speed and drive defensively. Motorists should drive at least five to 10 miles per hour slower on wet pavement and allow at least twice the normal following distance between cars to provide ample room for stopping. Be ready for a sudden stop. And remember that the driver behind you is dealing with the same conditions so signal for turns ahead of time and brake early as you near a stop. Be patient and do not pass lines of traffic.

Surf is up this morning in Kill Devil Hills:


Saturday, 8:30 a.m.

Conditions in Duck as the center was passing through just after sunrise:


Saturday, 8:25 a.m.

Crews are trying to clear the tree blocking U.S. 158 in Lower Currituck:


Saturday, 8:15 a.m.

A large oak tree fell onto power lines in the area of The Pointe Golf Club in Harbinger, shutting down U.S. 158 in lower Currituck County. Traffic is starting to slowly move southbound, but was still stopped northbound.

A caller to Beach 104 & 94.5 WCMS said the U.S. 64 Alligator River Bridge between Tyrrell and Dare counties is closed to traffic and there is flooding in Columbia. Another caller said the water is also up in Plymouth.


Saturday, 8:05 a.m.

Anne Jacobson in Martins Point says the mushy ground and high winds were a bad combination.


Saturday, 7:50 a.m.

Traffic is stopped in both directions on U.S. 158 in the Harbinger and Point Harbor area due to a downed tree.

Power outages are starting to build across the region, with at least 12,000 in the Dominion service area and over 1,000 in Tideland EMC.

Trees down along many streets in Southern Shores, according to Tony Lombardi:


Saturday, 7 a.m.

The wind and rain has significantly dropped off in the last 30 minutes along the north beach, but there are signs that Hermine created a mess overnight.

Sand and water from ocean overwash is apparent along the Beach Road in Kitty Hawk. Rainwater has many of the normal spots on area roads covered. Limbs and trees are down in many locations, and there are scattered power outages across the region.

We’ll be posting photos and video as we get them, so stay tuned.


Saturday, 6 a.m.

Several people were hurt after wind damaged several structures and camping trailers at the Hatteras Sands Campground in Hatteras village overnight.

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Saturday, 12 a.m.

Dominion Power reports 1,747 customers in northeastern North Carolina are without power, but only 85 are on the Outer Banks, 15 in Currituck County and 145 are in the Edenton-area.

Tideland EMC said around 85 were in the dark in Hyde County.


Friday, 11:40 p.m.

Heavy rain and wind in Manteo:

The wind has pushed the water across the Pamlico Sound and it is extremely low in the harbor at Avon:


Friday, 8:10 p.m.

Zoso, The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, scheduled for Saturday at Roanoke Island Festival Park has been rescheduled until July 29, 2017 due to Hermine. Tickets already sold will be honored at the July 29, 2017 performance. For more information, visit zosoontour.com.


Friday, 8 p.m.


Durinda Blevins shared a photo of the scene around 6:45 p.m. overlooking Shallowbag Bay in downtown Manteo.

Gale warning pennants are flying on the Weather Tower, although technically it should be the single red and black square flag denoting a storm warning.


Friday, 7:45 p.m.


Friday, 5 p.m.


Friday, 4:50 p.m.


Friday, 4:30 p.m.

“There have only been subtle changes to the forecast with the primary impacts being high winds, coastal flooding and heavy rain,” said Jeff Orrock, meterologist in charge at the National Weather Service office in Wakefield, Va., which covers the counties north of the Albemarle Sound.

Severe to major flooding from storm surge is expected across the lower Chesapeake Bay rivers, Virginia Beach and the Currituck Outer Banks during the two high tide cycles Saturday, and a storm surge warning is being issued for those areas, according to Orrock.

“The primary impacts for southeast Virginia and northeast North Carolina will occur all day Saturday into Saturday evening,” Orrock said.


Friday, 4:10 p.m.

Update from Currituck Emergency Management:

Currituck County is currently under a Tropical Storm Warning and a Flash Flood Watch is in effect until Saturday evening. The area is expected to receive 6-8” of rain, with wind gusts up to 60 mph on Saturday.

Currituck may experience storm surge along the coast, with waves of 10+ feet resulting in significant beach erosion.

Currituck may also see Sound-side flooding of 1-2 feet. The North Beach Access Ramp and beach road may become impassible at high tide.

At this time, no evacuations have been ordered for Currituck County.

Key safety points for citizens to remember include:
• Do not attempt to drive through flooded roadways.
• Be aware of the potential for downed trees across roads.
• Call 911 if you see an downed power line and do not attempt to move the power line yourself.
• If you lose power, call Dominion Power at 1-866-366-4357 and do not operate generators indoors.
• Charge cell phones this afternoon, prior to the storm’s arrival.
• Exchange contact information and emergency plans with family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.
• If you evacuate the area, remember your prescription medicines, pets and pet supplies.
• As conditions get worse, travel only if absolutely necessary.


Friday, 4 p.m.


Friday, 3:35 p.m.

The last ferry departing Ocracoke for Hatteras will be leaving at 5:30 p.m. Ferry service to and from the mainland has already been suspended.

From Dare County Emergency Management:

With Tropical Storm Hermine quickly approaching Dare County, emergency preparations should now be completed. Possible flash flooding, tropical storm force winds, and a higher probability of minor to moderate storm surge and beach erosion are expected as the storm moves through.

Dare County Emergency Management offers the following tips and resources to ensure the safety of our residents and guests:

• Check in with your emergency points of contact among family, friends and coworkers. Inform them of your status and well-being. Let them know your plans for riding out the storm and when you plan to check in again.

• Keep cell phones well charged and handy. In the event of power outages, cell phones chargers for automobiles can be helpful after the storm. Locate your chargers and keep them with your cell phone.

• Be prepared to remain indoors, away from windows, during what is anticipated to be a fast-moving storm.

• Know your location. If visiting the area, learn the exact street address of where you are staying in case of an emergency.

• If you lose power, do not operate generators or gas grills indoors.

• As weather conditions worsen, travel only if absolutely necessary and stop if you encounter water covering the road. Turn around, don’t drown! It is never safe to drive or walk through flood waters because you will not know the depth of the water or the condition of the ground underneath.

• Drivers of large trucks and SUV’s are advised to use extreme caution especially on bridges.

• All residents and visitors, especially those in oceanfront and soundside areas prone to flooding, are advised to take precautions. Move high value items to higher ground including vehicles and boats.

• Storm surge could cause flooding. Storm surge inundation forecasts can be found at http://tinyurl.com/j7lbsrq.

• Closely monitor NOAA Weather Radio or other local news outlets for official storm
information.


Friday, 2 p.m.

Leaving Ocracoke on the Swan Quarter Ferry. (Rachel Hemingway)


Friday, 1 p.m.

An outer rain band south of a deserted Corolla Beach. (Kristie Rotz)


It was a slow roll northbound on the bypass heading through Kitty Hawk at 11:30 a.m. (Sam Walker)

Traffic leaving the Outer Banks has picked up considerably this afternoon. Many visitors that had their vacations already ending on Saturday decided to depart a day earlier to beat the worst weather.

It was a slow roll northbound on U.S. 158 from Nags Head to the Wright Memorial Bridge, and traffic was also slowed around the schools in Currituck County, since they were on an early release schedule already and were releasing in the 12 o’clock hour.


The weather has also impacted local high school football games.

The Marlin Bowl between First Flight and Manteo was supposed to be played last night, but heavy rain forced a delay until Monday at 7 p.m. on Roanoke Island.

The Hickory at Currituck game has been also postponed to Labor Day, but will now be played at 1 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.

The move to the stadium in the Princess Anne section of Virginia Beach with an artificial playing surface is to avoid damaging the field at Knights Stadium in Barco if it takes a lot of rain from the storm.

Camden at Northeastern has been moved to Friday, Oct. 7.


A statement from Currituck County issued at 12:30 p.m.:

As Tropical Storm Hermine approaches and moves past Currituck County over the next 36 – 48 hours , residents should be aware of possible localized flooding on secondary roads and on the beaches in Corolla and Carova Beach.

A significant amount of rain is forecast for the area, which may cause standing water on some paved roadways. In addition, the north beach may become impassible during high tide.

At this time, no evacuations have been ordered in Currituck County.

Motorists are reminded to never drive through flooded streets and to be on the lookout for downed trees on roadways. Anyone who sees a downed powerline should call 9-1-1 and not attempt to move the powerline themselves.

Vacationers who are scheduled to arrive in Currituck County this weekend should check with their rental management company before they begin to travel, in order to make sure the local area and their specific rental home is safe and available.

Anyone with questions regarding storm preparation and safety may call Currituck Emergency Management at (252) 232-2115.


Hyde County released the following at 1 p.m.:

Access to Ocracoke continues to be restricted to emergency personnel, utilities, vendors, residents, and non-resident property owners only. Access to Ocracoke Island for visitors is prohibited until further notice.

North Carolina Department of Transportation Ferry Division currently has 8 vessels in Hatteras/Ocracoke that are working on the evacuation to the North and 4 vessels working the Cedar Island, Swan Quarter/Ocracoke route to the south and east.

Yesterday we evacuated 406 cars 1161 people through Hatteras, 26 cars and 54 people through Cedar Island and 20 cars 40 people through Swan Quarter. Total of 452 cars and 1255 people.

North Carolina Department of Transportation Ferry Division will be meeting this afternoon to determine the future ferry schedule for the remainder of this event. Please check for updates.

Visitors with reservations next week are advised to call their rental companies after the storm passes to check on the current conditions.

Hyde County government offices have closed for the day, including the health department and solid waste convenience sites.


From the National Park Service at 12:30 p.m.:

Due to potential impacts from Tropical Storm Hermine, visitor services and facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial, will be temporarily suspended. Starting on Friday, September 2, 2016, the following are in effect:

12:00 pm – All Cape Hatteras National Seashore campgrounds will close until further notice.

3:00 pm – Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse climbs at Cape Hatteras National Seashore will stop until further notice.

3:00 pm – Staff will begin to cable and close ORV access ramps at 3:00 pm, with all ramps being cabled and closed by 5:00 pm. Access to beaches along Cape Hatteras National Seashore will be limited to pedestrian use until further notice.

5:00 pm – All visitor centers and facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial will close until further notice.

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

There will be a high risk of dangerous rip currents and shore break along all Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches. Swimming is not advisable under these conditions.


From the N.C. Department of Transportation:

N.C. Department of Transportation crews along the Outer Banks and across northeastern North Carolina are preparing for Tropical Storm Hermine as it makes its way into North Carolina and aims for the coast. Heavy rain and strong winds are expected to build later today, with the height of the storm expected in the Outer Banks overnight Friday.

In the department’s Division One, which includes the Outer Banks and the northeastern counties, transportation personnel have been prepping since last weekend. Initially it was for a tropical storm that turned out to have minimal impact on Tuesday, but the impact from this storm is expected to be much stronger.

“Our crews are ready to address affected roadways as the storm passes through North Carolina,” Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson said. “We remind motorists to put safety first and avoid driving through standing water.”

Equipment has been staged in various areas since the previous threat so crews can quickly react to any issues that develop, such as sand overwash on roads. A front loader and motor grader are in place on Ocracoke Island and in Buxton, a front loader is set at Kitty Hawk, and several pieces of equipment are set up in the parking lot south of the Oregon Inlet bridge on Pea Island. Additional staff was shifted to Ocracoke so that workers will be in place to begin cleanup along N.C. 12 if ferries should be delayed in restoring service.

Other workers have been ensuring barricades and appropriate signage are on hand, and that chainsaws are fueled and ready to use. Crews are also reviewing safety protocol regarding swift moving water and downed power lines, and making sure they are wearing proper safety equipment. They will be on standby through the weekend to go where needed.

Equipment and traffic safety devices at construction sites are also being removed or secured. At the Bonner Bridge project, the contractor has implemented a severe weather plan that includes relocation of some marine equipment to protected areas and securing of other equipment. Department of Transportation location and surveys staff are on standby to perform a post-storm underwater sonar survey of the existing bridge to check for any issues caused by Hermine.

The heavy rain expected can often bring flash flooding and area residents are urged to avoid unnecessary travel during the storm.

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