Hurricane Florence blog: And they rained, and rained and rained

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Friday, 11:40 a.m.

Hyde County Press Release #9: Significant Flooding in Mainland Hyde County

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The Hyde County Mainland EOC is getting numerous reports that Scranton and Sladesville are experiencing flooding approaching levels comparable to Hurricane Irene. Flood levels in Rose Bay are also rising. There are multiple locations on Hwy 264 where water is flowing over. Do not attempt to drive though water that is flowing over the street. A couple inches of flowing water can move a car off the road.

If you are in an area that is flooding and you are needing to be evacuated to a local shelter or if you have any other needs, please contact the EOC at 252-926-3715. You can also report any conditions on roads, downed trees or flooding to the EOC so we can plan accordingly. If you are need of commodities, we have MRE’s, water, and tarps available. Call the EOC for any requests.


Friday, 11:30 a.m.

Dare County Bulletin #10 Reentry Guidelines Established for Areas North of Oregon Inlet

Dare County 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.

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Areas North of Oregon Inlet (including Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo, Roanoke Island and the Dare County mainland)
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 for Priorities One, Two and Three. This includes essential personnel, permanent residents, essential personnel for critical businesses, non resident property owners and non resident employees of non critical businesses.

Permanent Residents will be allowed reentry with a valid NC driver’s license with a local address or a current Dare County property tax bill or parcel data sheet. Non-resident essential personnel of critical businesses such as food service/supply, pharmacies, banks, gas stations, property management, building supply and hotels will be permitted reentry only with a permit.

It is anticipated that visitors will be allowed entry to areas north of Oregon Inlet beginning Sunday, September 16 at 7:00 a.m.

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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. Visit www.darenc.com/reentry for details on the staged reentry process.

Those traveling to Dare County 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.

National Park Service
All visitor facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial remain closed. National Park Service teams are assessing conditions at all three national park sites.

Town of Duck
Residential recycling collection for Monday, September 17, is cancelled. Residential recycling service is expected to resume on Monday, September 24.

Town of Nags Head
The town experience minor overwash and all roads are passable.

Town of Kitty Hawk
The Town has some wind blown sand on NC 12. Ocean overwash has been minor and seems to be diminishing. The Police and Fire Departments report normal call volumes throughout the evening.

Town of Manteo
The administrative offices at Town Hall will be closed until Monday, September 17.

To help prevent damage to our businesses and homes, the Town of Manteo will be enforcing our “no wake” ordinance during and after this storm event. Do not drive through flooded streets or in hazardous conditions and obey all traffic control measures. Turn around, don’t drown.

Please conserve water during periods of heavy rain and throughout the storm event. Avoid running dishwashers and clothes washers, limit the amount of water used for showering and when flushing the toilet. Make plans to complete the usage of dishwashers and clothes washers before the start of the storm.

The Town of Manteo Wastewater Treatment Plant is equipped with a generator capable of maintaining operations during an extended power outage.

Not all of the Town of Manteo sewer pump stations have permanent generators and sewer service may be unavailable during a loss of power in certain areas until temporary or utility power is restored.

Town of Southern Shores
For your personal safety and to allow clearing crews unhindered work space, please do not walk outside after the storm, especially on streets. Southern Shores’ streets are covered with tree limbs that when wind-twisted, become dangerous hanging projectiles until cleared.

Please be cognizant of debris pick-up protocols before any yard debris is moved, or before any other type of debris is moved to a public street. Yard debris generated by a non-declared storm must follow normal limb/branch pick up rules. Property owners and residents on private streets should be cognizant of pick up protocols before any yard debris is moved.

Any owner of property adjacent to a public canal is responsible, by Town ordinance, for removal of trees and debris which fall from the property into the canal.

Be aware of hiring non-local transient workers seeking clean-up work. Be diligent – require and check two local references before hiring. Call local authorities if any discomfort.

Southern Shores was founded in a natural area – there is no central stormwater collection and disposal system for stormwater standing in open areas, including streets. Please remember it may take several days or more, for standing storm water to naturally infiltrate into the ground. Pumping storm water from a private property onto property of another-including public streets, is prohibited. Any mechanical collection of standing stormwater by a private property owner must also include legal disposal of the collected water.

Only in cases of extreme flooding of a public street and after the resulting stormwater shows no sign of natural infiltration after typical stand times for the particular water volumes, will the USEPA and NCDEQ permit the Town to consider removing and discharging stormwater (at a permitted location – “public trust ocean beach”) to allow emergency vehicles to safely pass on the public streets.

Staged Reentry Guidelines
Priority One: Essential Personnel
Essential personnel include essential utilities personnel, government personnel, medical personnel, and damage assessment personnel.

Priority Two: Permanent Residents & Essential Personnel for Critical Businesses
Permanent Residents will be allowed reentry with a valid NC driver’s license with a local address or a current Dare County property tax bill or parcel data sheet. Non-resident essential personnel of critical businesses such as food service/supply, pharmacies, banks, gas stations, property management, building supply and hotels will be permitted reentry only with a permit.

Priority Three: Non-Resident Property Owners and Non-Resident Employees of Non-Critical Businesses
All Non-Resident Property Owner Permits with an April 1, 2018 expiration date remain valid until December 30, 2018. Non-resident property owners will also be allowed reentry with a current tax bill or parcel data sheet with owner’s name matching current government issued id.

Non-resident employees of non-critical businesses will be allowed entry with a reentry pass issued by their employer.

Priority Four: General Public and Visitors
No reentry pass is needed for Priority Four.

The next update will be issued as needed.


Friday, 10:10 a.m.

For those asking, here is where the water in our end of the sounds ended up.

Belhaven sits along the Pungo River which is fed by the Pamlico River on the west side of Pamlico Sound. It has been inundated with several feet of water.

Reports from New Bern are flooding has topped 10 feet in some locations, and people have had to be rescued from their roofs.

High water has been reported in parts of Hyde County this morning also.

Forecasts are still calling for the winds to stay out of the east through the weekend, and that will prevent us from seeing that rush of soundside waters however.


Friday, 10 a.m.

Russ Lay did a quick survey of Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills this morning, and other than some sand on the Beach Road, it appears everything has fared well there.


Friday, 9:30 a.m.

Dare County Bulletin #9

A hurricane warning and storm surge warning remain in effect for Dare County. Some areas, particularly N.C. Highway 12 on Hatteras Island, will continue to experience ocean overwash. Wind and rain are expected to continue. For updated weather information, visit www.weather.gov/mhx.

The mandatory evacuation for all residents and visitors remains in effect. Entry into the county is restricted and only those with a Priority One Critical Personnel Pass issued by Dare County Emergency Management or a Critical Needs Pass issued by Currituck County Emergency Management are allowed access.

Please stay out of the ocean. Swimming is prohibited throughout the county and conditions are dangerous for even the most experienced swimmers.

North of Oregon Inlet

Starting this morning, damage assessment teams will be working to assess conditions and reentry guidelines will be established once conditions are deemed safe. As soon as reentry procedures are set, the information will be distributed via the county’s emergency notification system. Sign up to receive the alerts via text, voice or email at www.darenc.com/emergencyalerts. Or visit www.darenc.com for updated information.

Hatteras Island

N.C. Highway 12 on Hatteras Island remains closed due to ocean overwash and will remain closed until both the road and its bridges can be cleared of debris, inspected for structural damage, and repaired as necessary. Inspections will take place as soon as conditions allow.

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative reports that 97 customers on Hatteras Island are without power this morning.

The next update will be issued by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14.


Thursday, 9:20 p.m.

Took a ride this evening through Nags Head, Wanchese and Manteo:

Water is down in the Roanoke Sound.

Wanchese residents have parked their cars at the “high spot” at Bethany United Methodist Church.

The breeze was whipping the Hurricane Warning flags on the Manteo weather tower at sunset.

You might land in Greensboro.

From Rick Shaftan in Rodanthe, the Pamlico Sound waters have been blown down towards New Bern.


Thursday, 5:20 p.m.

Flooding has been reported in all of the Hatteras Island villages. N.C. 12 remains closed due to sand and standing water from earlier overwash, but NCDOT says the road has not been compromised.

Pictures from photographer Don Bowers and our content partners The Island Free Press:


Thursday, 3:30 p.m.

Scenes from out and about on the north beach this afternoon.

Old Oregon Inlet Road in South Nags Head. (Russ Lay)

Cahoon’s Market inn Nags Head was busy. (Russ Lay)

 


Thursday, 11:30 a.m.

Glenn Yarbrough shares the conditions on the oceanfront behind the Hampton Inn in Corolla.


Thursday, 11:15 a.m.

Dare County Control Group Bulletin #7

The following watches and warnings are currently in effect for Dare County – a Storm Surge Warning, Hurricane Warning, High Surf Advisory, Flash Flood Watch, Beach Hazards Advisory, and a Tornado Watch.

It is important to stay informed and monitor information from official sources.

Visit www.weather.gov/mhx for updated weather advisories and forecasts from the National Weather Service. Visit www.darenc.com for updated information and safety tips from Dare County Emergency Management and the Joint Information Center.

For updated road conditions from NCDOT, visit https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/.

To receive notifications directly from Dare County Emergency Management, visit www.darenc.com/emergencyalerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter. The Dare County Emergency Operations Center is activated and can be reached at 252.475.5655.

The mandatory evacuation for all residents and visitors remains in place and entry into Dare County is now restricted. Only those with a Priority One Critical Personnel Pass issued by Dare County Emergency Management or a Critical Needs Pass issued by Currituck County Emergency Management are being allowed access.

Remain indoors and stay off roadways. Driving conditions will quickly become dangerous as flooding occurs from heavy rains and ocean overwash. Some areas of Highway 12 on Hatteras Island are already experiencing ocean overwash. Be mindful of dangerous conditions not only in Dare County, but also outside the area. Visit https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/ for NC road conditions updated by NCDOT.

Those who remain in the county are reminded that emergency personnel may not be able to respond to calls for assistance as winds increase and roadways become flooded. There may be a loss of power or water in some areas of the County. Keep your emergency supply kit close by and be prepared to sustain yourself, your family and your pets for up to 72 hours.

Stay out of the ocean. Swimming is prohibited throughout the county due to conditions that are dangerous for even the most experienced swimmers.

Town of Duck
The Town of Duck administrative office closed at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 11, and will remain closed until further notice. Trash collection for the Town of Duck on Friday, September 14, is cancelled. Residential trash service is expected to resume on Monday, September 17, if conditions allow. Residential recycling collection for Monday, September 17, is cancelled. Residential recycling service is expected to resume on Monday, September 24. Please be sure your cans are secured, along with any other loose items.

Town of Kitty Hawk
The south end of Kitty Hawk has experienced some ocean overwash. Use extreme caution and avoid Highway 12 if possible.

Town of Nags Head
With the amount of ocean overwash and rainfall that we’re expecting, please remain inside during the event and even in its immediate aftermath. We are expecting flooding on many area streets, with a particular impact on South Virginia Dare Trail and South Old Oregon Inlet Road.

Town of Manteo
The administrative offices at Town Hall will be closed until Monday, September 17. To help prevent damage to our businesses and homes, the Town of Manteo will be enforcing our “no wake” ordinance during and after this storm event. Do not drive through flooded streets or in hazardous conditions and obey all traffic control measures. Turn around, don’t drown. Please conserve water during periods of heavy rain and throughout the storm event. Avoid running dishwashers and clothes washers, limit the amount of water used for showering and when flushing the toilet. Make plans to complete the usage of dishwashers and clothes washers before the start of the storm.

The Town of Manteo Wastewater Treatment Plant is equipped with a generator capable of maintaining operations during an extended power outage. Not all of the Town of Manteo sewer pump stations have permanent generators and sewer service may be unavailable during a loss of power in certain areas until temporary or utility power is restored.

The next scheduled update from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued as needed but no later than 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 13.


Thursday, 10:30 a.m.


Thursday, 8:50 a.m.


Thursday, 8:30 a.m.

Hyde County Press Release #8: Hurricane Florence

The Hyde County Board of Commissioners have issued a curfew for all of Hyde County, effective at 9:00 pm, Thursday, September 13. The curfew will be in effect daily, from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am until further notice.

North Carolina Emergency Management officials have reported that all Wake County shelters are full. They are now directing anyone that still needs to evacuate to LJVM Coliseum, 2825 University Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27105. For any assistance finding shelters, call 211.

If you have any questions or immediate concerns, contact the Hyde County Emergency Operations Center at 252-926-3715.


Wednesday, 9:30 p.m.

Water is already standing in downtown Belhaven along the Pungo River. Forecasts are for storm surge in that area of up to six feet above ground.


Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

Dare County Emergency Management bulletin #6:

Quiet evening at the Wright Memorial Bridge. (NCDOT)

With the changing forecast, tropical storm force winds are now expected Thursday morning. As a result, there will be no restrictions on access into Dare County until 8:30 a.m. on Thursday September 13.

There are no planned bridge closures, but access into the county will be restricted to those with a Priority One Critical Personnel Pass issued by Dare County Emergency Management or a Critical Needs Pass issued by Currituck County Emergency Management after 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

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.

Hurricane Florence is a major hurricane that will bring devastating impacts to areas even hundreds of miles from where it makes landfall. Do not let your guard down — the track of the storm will continue to shift and slight jogs to the north lead to more significant impacts for our area. It is important to stay informed and closely monitor updates from the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/mhx.

For updated information about available emergency shelters in other areas of North Carolina, visit ncdps.gov/florence or download the NC Ready app.

Stay out of the ocean. Swimming is prohibited throughout the county due to conditions that are dangerous for even the most experienced swimmers.

The Dare County Emergency Operations Center is activated and can be reached at 252.475.5655. The call center is open until 6:30 p.m. tonight and will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday.

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.

Town of Duck
The Town of Duck administrative office closed at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 11, and will remain closed until further notice.

Trash collection for the Town of Duck on Friday, September 14, is cancelled. Residential trash service is expected to resume on Monday, September 17, if conditions allow.

Residential recycling collection for Monday, September 17, is cancelled. Residential recycling service is expected to resume on Monday, September 24.

Please be sure your cans are secured, along with any other loose items.

Town of Nags Head
Reminder – please stow your sanitation carts in a protected area of your property.

Town Hall remains closed through Friday, although essential personnel will continue to work through the storm.

The next trash collection will take place on Monday, September 17, 2018. More information on the trash schedule will be forthcoming.

Town of Manteo
The administrative offices at Town Hall will be closed until Monday, September 17.

To help prevent damage to our businesses and homes, the Town of Manteo will be enforcing our “no wake” ordinance during and after this storm event. Do not drive through flooded streets or in hazardous conditions and obey all traffic control measures.

Turn around, don’t drown.

Please conserve water during periods of heavy rain and throughout the storm event.

Avoid running dishwashers and clothes washers, limit the amount of water used for showering and when flushing the toilet. Make plans to complete the usage of dishwashers and clothes washers before the start of the storm.

The Town of Manteo Wastewater Treatment Plant is equipped with a generator capable of maintaining operations during an extended power outage.

Not all of the Town of Manteo sewer pump stations have permanent generators and sewer service may be unavailable during a loss of power in certain areas until temporary or utility power is restored.

The next scheduled update from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued on Thursday morning, September 13.

Hyde County Press Release #7:

Hyde County is currently under a Hurricane Warning. A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. A warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical storm force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

Hyde County is also under a Storm Surge Warning. A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, during the next 36 hours in the indicated locations. For a depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at http:// hurricanes.gov. This is a life-threatening situation. Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions. Promptly follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials.

While the 2:00 pm National Hurricane Center (NHC) update has Hurricane Florence’s track moving slightly to the south of yesterday’s prediction, it is also predicting the storm to linger off the coast before moving to the south. This shift will bring increased rain to an already extremely high prediction. According to the NHC, coastal North Carolina could see between 20-30 inches of rain over the course of the storm, with localized areas of up to 40 inches. Combined with storm surge predictions of up to 6
feet in our area, higher in some localized areas, the potential for a serious flooding event is extremely high.

Hurricane Florence is still forecast to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane when it nears the U.S. coast late Thursday and Friday. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles.The last ferry from Ocracoke Island left at 9:30 am today. According to the NCDOT Ferry Division, 2,181 people and 1,074 vehicles were evacuated from Ocracoke on the Hatteras, Cedar Island and Swan Quarter routes between 1:00 pm Monday and today. Evacuations of mainland Hyde County are still ongoing.

We have received reports that the Knightdale High School Shelter is full. If you have not evacuated yet and need a shelter to go to, Hyde County residents can use Southeast Raleigh High School. It is located at 2600 Rock Quarry Rd, Raleigh, NC 27610.

If you have any questions or immediate concerns, contact the Emergency Operations Center at 252-926-3715.


Wednesday, 3 p.m.

While many businesses and restaurants have closed ahead of the storm, others are still open for those wrapping up preparations and heading out or residents that are staying for the duration.

A decent size lunchtime crowd was at Mama Kwan’s Wednesday afternoon. (Russ Lay)

The bartender at Mama Kwan’s in Kill Devil Hills plans to remain open until 9 p.m. tonight, and they will open every day unless they lose power.

A quick ride around this afternoon found places that were still open included Outer Banks Brewing Station, Slice Pizza, the QP gas station at Baum Street, McDonalds, 7-11, Carquest, Autozone, Bonzer Shack, Waveriders, Brew-Thru Mulligans, Nags Head Pier, Cahoons, Sam and Omie’s and New China.

The Bonnett Street beach access in Nags Head was deserted this afternoon. While its still sunny and hot, the onshore breeze and elevated humidity, coupled with the dangerous surf, have probably made it not the best conditions for sitting on the beach for those that are done with their preps and are just waiting for things to develop.


An update from Dare County Manager Bobby Outten:


Wednesday, 10:40 a.m.

Dare County Hurricane Florence Bulletin #5:

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.

Dare County EMS reminds those with home oxygen to have a plan for extended power outages that will render power driven oxygen delivery devices non-functional. Be sure you have an ample supply of portable, non-powered oxygen cylinders at your home to ensure your oxygen supply is not interrupted. Do not rely on EMS and fire departments for your oxygen needs. Also, ensure you have enough medications for the next few weeks as post-storm transportation routes could be delayed.

A shelter for Dare County residents is open at Knightdale High School located at 100 Bryan Chalk Lane, Knightdale, NC 27545. This is a pet friendly shelter that requires vaccination records for each pet. While in the shelter, owners are responsible for the feeding, care, clean-up, and behavior of their pets.

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 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12 only essential personnel with a Priority One pass issued by Dare 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.

Town of Duck
Trash collection for the Town of Duck on Friday, September 14 is cancelled. Please ensure that your cans and all loose items are secured.

The Town of Duck administrative office closed at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 11, and will remain closed until further notice.

Town of Southern Shores
The next trash pick-up will be Monday September 17. Red Flags are currently up on Town of Southern Shores beaches. No Swimming.

Town of Kitty Hawk
The Town of Kitty Hawk continues to prepare for Hurricane Florence and encourages all visitors and residents to heed the mandatory evacuation. Please be reminded that Emergency Personnel will not be able to respond when conditions worsen.

There will be no further trash collections until weather permits. Please roll in your trash cans and make sure they are secured along with other loose items.

Town offices are closed through Friday, September 14.

The Recycle Center, Windgrass Circle Park, Sandy Run Park and the Kitty Hawk Bath House are all closed until further notice.

Town of Kill Devil Hills
Due to the continued threat of Hurricane Florence, the Kill Devil Hills Town Hall and support offices will close Wednesday, September 12 at 12:00 noon and remain closed until further notice.

Commercial garbage collections will be limited on Wednesday September 12 and then will be suspended until further notice. Residential solid waste collections have been suspended until further notice – please secure roll-out containers away from the curb. The Recycle Center and Dry Trash Drop-Off Center will close at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, September 12 and remain closed until further notice.

Town of Manteo
To help prevent damage to our businesses and homes, the Town of Manteo will be enforcing our “no wake” ordinance during and after this storm event. Do not drive through flooded streets or in hazardous conditions and obey all traffic control measures.

National Park Service
All visitor facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial remain closed.

The next scheduled update from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued on Wednesday, September 12 by 6:00 p.m.


Tuesday, 7:40p.m.

Currituck County has coordinated with the NC Department of Public Safety to establish an inland host shelter for Currituck County residents who evacuate due to the threat of Hurricane Florence. This shelter will begin accepting Currituck County residents on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 8:00 a.m.

Location: Kirkwood Adams Community Center – 1100 Hamilton Street, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870

This is a pet friendly shelter (dogs and cats ONLY). Pets will be kept in a separate area, with crates provided for the animals. Pet owners will have to care for their pets and must bring pet food, blankets, and any other pet needs.

Currituck County will provide evacuation assistance for county residents. Anyone who needs transportation to the shelter may contact Currituck Social Services @ 252-619-4421 to schedule their transportation.

Citizens traveling to the shelter should bring their own pillow, blankets, medicine, toiletries, comfort items, etc.


Tuesday, 7 p.m.


Tuesday, 6:15 p.m.

The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division will suspend operations on the Hatteras Inlet route after tomorrow’s 8 a.m. ferry run from Ocracoke to Hatteras.

The division also will suspend ferry operations on Pamlico Sound after the 9:30 a.m. ferry run from Ocracoke to Swan Quarter.

These will be the final ferries leaving Ocracoke until Hurricane Florence passes.

The remaining schedule is as follows:
Ocracoke to Hatteras:
Today: 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and midnight.
Tomorrow: 5 a.m., 7 a.m., and 8 a.m.

Ocracoke to Cedar Island:
Today: 9 p.m.

Ocracoke to Swan Quarter:
Tomorrow: 7 a.m., 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

As of 2 p.m. this afternoon, the North Carolina Ferry System had evacuated 1,582 people from Ocracoke on the Hatteras, Cedar Island and Swan Quarter routes.

Ferry Division managers will monitor weather conditions and resume service as soon as it is safe to do so. Re-entry restrictions will be decided by Hyde County Emergency Management.

For real-time updates, follow the Ferry Division on Twitter at @NCDOT_Ferry.


Tuesday, 6 p.m.

Update from Dare County Emergency Management:

With the most recent update from the National Hurricane Center, a Hurricane Warning and Storm Surge Warning are now in effect for Dare County indicating that tropical storm conditions and life-threatening storm surge are expected within 36 hours.

It is important for those who have not evacuated to make preparations to leave the area as soon as possible to avoid travel after the onset of strong winds, ocean overwash, rainfall flooding and possible tornadoes that will accompany the storm.

A shelter for Dare County residents is open at Knightdale High School located at 100 Bryan Chalk Lane, Knightdale, NC 27545. This is a pet friendly shelter that requires vaccination records for each pet. While in the shelter, owners are responsible for the feeding, care, clean-up, and behavior of their pets.

There are currently no restrictions for entering or leaving the county. Beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12 only essential personnel with a Priority One pass issued by Dare County Emergency Management will be allowed entry.

Dare County Administrative Offices will remain closed until further notice. The Dare County Emergency Operations Center is activated and can be reached at 252.475.5655.

Trash collection for the unincorporated areas of Dare County is cancelled for the remainder of the week and regular collection will resume when conditions allow. All Dare County Public Works facilities are closed until further notice.

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.

Town of Duck
Trash collection for the Town of Duck on Friday, September 14 is cancelled. Please ensure that your cans and all loose items are secured.

The Town of Duck administrative office will remain closed until further notice.

Town of Kitty Hawk
The Town of Kitty Hawk continues to prepare for Hurricane Florence and encourages all visitors and residents to heed the mandatory evacuation. Please be reminded that Emergency Personnel will not be able to respond when conditions worsen.

There will be no further trash collections until weather permits. Please roll in your trash cans and make sure they are secured along with other loose items.

Town offices will be closed beginning Wednesday, September 12 through Friday, September 14.

The Recycle Center is now closed and will remain closed for the remainder of the week. Windgrass Circle Park and Sandy Run Park will be closing this afternoon until further notice.

The Kitty Hawk Bath House is also closed.

The Town encourages you to take every measure to ensure the safety of your property and loved ones.

Town of Southern Shores
Recycling pickup for Wednesday, September 12 is currently anticipated, however please be ready for a change due to driver availability. The next trash pickup will be Monday September 17.

Town of Nags Head
Most, if not all, of South Old Oregon Inlet Road, as well as sections of South Virginia Dare Trail, including the causeway to Manteo, could be impassable due to flooding. Do not go through the barricades. They are in place for a reason.

Town of Manteo
Commercial AND residential solid waste pickup will be done on Wednesday, September 12.

Town of Manteo administrative offices will remain closed through Friday, September 14.

National Park Service
All National Park Service facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial remain closed.

Dare County Schools
All Dare County Schools will be closed through the remainder of the week.

The next scheduled update from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued on Wednesday morning, September 12.

From the Dare County Health and Human Services:

Begin preparations to protect your health and the health of your loved ones before, during and after Hurricane Florence.

If you depend on home oxygen:
Arrange for portable, non-powered oxygen cylinder delivery to your place of shelter to ensure your oxygen supply is not interrupted. Even places of evacuation could face extended power outages that will render power driven oxygen delivery devices non-functional. Local EMS or Fire Department assistance will not be able to meet your oxygen needs.

If you or your loved ones take prescription medications:
Ensure normal prescriptions are filled and individuals have enough medications for the next few weeks as post-storm transportation routes could be delayed. Local pharmacies will have limited hours and will be closed during the storm.

If flooding occurs:
Avoid contact with flood water which may contain fecal material from overflowing sewage systems and other hidden hazards such as debris. 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. Do not allow children to play in flood water areas, wash children’s hands frequently, and do not allow children to play with flood-water contaminated toys that have not been disinfected.

If food becomes exposed to flood waters:
Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with flood water. Discard any food that is not in a waterproof container if there is any chance that it has come into contact with flood water.

If power loss occurs:
Refrigerators will keep foods appropriately cold for about 4 hours without power if it is unopened. Do not open freezers until you plan to use or discard the contents; as stated above, most freezers will keep food safe for 24 to 48 hours if left closed. Discard any food that has an unusual odor, color or texture.

If you rely on a private well:
During and after the storm, be sure to boil water for at least five minutes at a full rolling boil before using it for drinking, cooking, making ice or brushing teeth. Infants under six months and pregnant women should not drink boiled water, because boiling water may concentrate harmful nitrates. Continue to use bottled water or to boil your well-water until tests on samples taken since the last flooding or loss of electricity show the water is safe.

If you have a septic system:
Assess your system after the storm. If property is flooded, do not use. Use water conservation practices until power is fully restored

If your home is flooded:
Assure it is safe to enter. Remove mold and mildew. Dry out the walls. Check heating and Air conditioning. Assure the building is dry before repairing

For more detailed information, please visit http://www.darenc.com/stormready or contact the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services’ Public Health Division at 252.475.5003 or 252.475.5080.

Statement from Hyde County:

Hyde County Transit will be providing transportation assistance from Hyde County to the evacuation shelter located in Knightdale, NC on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. The bus will leave from Davis Ventures and multiple stops on the way out of the county. Please call Hyde Transit to reserve a spot on the bus to the shelter. They can be reached at 252-926-1637. Pets are allowed but need to be in a crate.

The scheduled stops are listed below:

10:00 am – Departs Davis Ventures
10:35 am – Departs Mattamuskeet High School
11:10 am – Departs O.A Peay School
11:40 am – Departs Scranton Post Office
12:15 pm – Departs Mount Olive Church

The designated evacuation shelter for Hyde County residents is Knightdale High School, 100 Bryan Chalk Ln, Knightdale, NC 27545. This shelter is open to all Hyde County residents that wish to utilize it. The shelter is pet friendly and equipped to handle animals.

Anyone having special medical needs that need evacuation transportation to Cherry Hospital, please contact the Emergency Operations Center at 252-926-3715 to make arrangements.

A number of college football games involving teams in the state that were scheduled for Saturday have been postponed or cancelled.

The list includes East Carolina at Virginia Tech, West Virginia at N.C. State, UCF at North Carolina and Elizabeth City State vs. Winston Salem State.


Tuesday, 2:15 p.m.

Video update from Dare County Manager Bobby Outten:


Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.

Fishheads on the Outer Banks Pier in South Nags Head is ready for the storm:

Some of what else we are seeing this afternoon:


Tuesday, 1:05 p.m.

Currituck County issued this statement at midday:

Due to the approaching threat of Hurricane Florence, Currituck County issued a Mandatory Evacuation for the Outer Banks communities of Corolla and Carova to begin at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018.

At this time, no evacuation order is given for the mainland section of Currituck County. However, residents of low-lying areas are advised to consider leaving for higher ground due to the high probability of localized flooding during the storm. Residents of Knotts Island should also consider evacuating due to the possibility of flooding over the Knotts Island Causeway rendering that community unreachable by emergency services.

Anyone who might need evacuation assistance should contact Currituck Social Services at 252-232-3083. Currituck County will provide transportation and medical services for those in need who wish to evacuate.

Citizens should remember that Currituck County does not open shelters before the storm due to the low-lying geography and probability of flooding. All residents should consider evacuation if they feel their residence will be unsafe during the storm.

When evacuating, residents should take only essential items and remember to take their pets with them. The Currituck Animal Shelter does not accept pets for boarding during the storm.

Curbside trash service in Corolla has been suspended until further notice. The Carova Recycling Center is open today, but will close on Sept. 12 until further notice.

Updated statement from Hyde County:

The Hyde County Board of Commissioners have extended the mandatory evacuation order to encompass all of Hyde County, mainland and island. There are no travel restrictions on the mainland at this time. We strongly encourage all residents to evacuate to safety. This storm is extremely dangerous and should be treated as such.

The designated evacuation shelter for Hyde County residents is Knightdale High School, 100 Bryan Chalk Ln, Knightdale, NC 27545. This shelter is open to all Hyde County residents that wish to utilize it. The shelter will open on Tuesday, September 11 at 2:00 pm. The shelter is pet friendly and equipped to handle animals.

We are currently looking for certified bus drivers to help with the evacuation of citizens to the shelter. If you can assist or know someone that can, please contact the EOC at 252-926-3715.

The evacuation of Ocracoke residents and visitors will continue today, with all ferries currently running their regularly scheduled routes. Entry to Ocracoke is restricted to authorized personnel only.

Ocracoke entry priorities are as follows:

1) Emergency Personnel and Equipment
2) NCDOT Highway and Power Company Personnel and Equipment
3) Sanitation Personnel and Equipment
4) Mail and Parcel Delivery
5) Commodities and Fuel Vendors until ferry operations cease

Current storm surge models are showing anywhere from 1-9 feet of surge depending on where you are located in the county, increasing from east to west. See picture below for a reference.

County offices will close at noon, Wednesday, September 12. All alcohol sales will be suspended on the mainland at 5:00 pm Wednesday, September 12.

For those without a means to travel to safety, Hyde County is planning to offer transportation and more information will be forthcoming. Officials are finalizing these plans and hope to release more details by Tuesday afternoon. If you have any questions regarding the evacuation, shelter or have any other special needs, please contact the Hyde County Emergency Operations Center at 252-926-3715.


Tuesday, 12:30 p.m.

Latest statement from the Dare County Control Group:

The mandatory evacuation for all residents and visitors in Dare County remains in effect. Now is the time to make final preparations and implement your evacuation plan. Many areas along the East Coast are now under evacuation orders, so it is important to leave sooner rather than later to allow plenty of time to travel safely to your destination. Check the route you will be traveling since many inland areas will be impacted.

Hurricane Florence is forecast to remain a dangerous major hurricane and make landfall in North Carolina late Thursday into early Friday. There is still some uncertainty regarding the track forecast, but confidence continues to increase in Eastern North Carolina seeing significant to potentially life threatening impacts, including extreme storm surge with ocean overwash, rainfall flooding, winds and tornadoes. A hurricane watch and a storm surge watch are currently in effect.

NC Emergency Management has announced the opening of a shelter for Dare County residents beginning Tuesday, September 11 at 2:00 p.m. at Knightdale High School located at 1001 Bryan Caulk Lane, Knightdale, NC 27545. This will be a pet friendly shelter and Dare County residents must show a valid ID with a Dare County address for entry. All pet friendly shelters require vaccination records for each pet. While in the shelter, owners are responsible for the feeding, care, clean-up, and behavior of their pets.

For those needing assistance with evacuation, Dare County will be making one run to transport individuals to the shelter in Knightdale. To reserve a spot on the bus, you MUST call 252-475-5640 or 252-475-5641 before 5 p.m. Tuesday. Buses will depart the Outer Banks (Sarah Owens) Visitors Center located at 1 Visitors Center Circle in Manteo at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12 and from Hatteras Elementary School located at 47500 Middle Ridge Trail in Buxton at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12. If you are travelling with your pet, you MUST have your pet secured in a kennel and your MUST have documentation of required vaccinations. Dare County will provide return transport from the Knightdale shelter when deemed safe and reentry is allowed. To ensure safety of drivers, there will be no additional transports to the shelter after buses leave both locations on Wednesday morning.

For residents and property owners making final storm preparations, there are currently no restrictions for leaving or entering the county. Access into Dare County will be restricted beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12.

Dare County Administrative Offices will close at 2 p.m. today. The Dare County Emergency Operations Center is activated for the storm 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.

Dare County Schools

All Dare County Schools will be closed on Tuesday, September 11 through the remainder of the week.

National Park Service

All National Park Service facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial remain closed.

Town of Duck

Trash collection for the Town of Duck on Friday, September 14, is cancelled. Please ensure that your cans and all loose items are secured.

The Town of Duck administrative office will close at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 11, until further notice.

Town of Nags Head

Nags Head Town offices will be closed for non essential personnel on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, September 12, 13, and 14, 2018. Essential personnel will continue to work and provide critical services.

Pumps are ready to be deployed when and where conditions warrant.

We are still expecting significant rainfall and large surf. Keep in mind that high surf will prevent flooded areas from draining quickly.

Parking is available at Town Park at 415 Health Center Drive. Turn west at Ace Hardware in Nags Head. The park is on the left.

Town of Manteo

Town of Manteo administrative offices will close Wednesday, September 12 at noon and remain closed Thursday, September 13 and Friday, September 14.

Curbside recycling will be picked up on Tuesday, September 11.

The Planning Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 11 has been cancelled and their next meeting will be held October 9.

Commercial AND residential solid waste pickup will be done on Wednesday, September 12.

The next scheduled update from Dare County Emergency Management will be issued by 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday.


Tuesday, 9:50 a.m.

Residents of Spring Arbor Outer Banks assisted living in Kill Devil Hills boarded a bus this morning for Richmond. (Carl Worsley)


Tuesday, 9:15 a.m.

Steady surf continues, with a few scattered downpours moving through this morning. These cells are not associated with Florence.


Tuesday, 8:50 a.m.

To aid in the evacuations that are now underway, tolling has been suspended along the Chesapeake Expressway/Va. 168.


This morning’s statement from Currituck County:

The evacuation that began this morning at 7 a.m. is for vacationers and guests in Corolla and Carova ONLY. At this time, no evacuations have been ordered for year-round residents or the mainland.

Citizens are encouraged to sign up for Currituck Alert and receive free text message updates regarding Hurricane Florence by texting FLO2018 to 888777.

Property owners who wish to check on properties in Corolla or Carova WILL be allowed in to the area.

Re-entry permits are not being issued this close to the storm. Anyone who has lost their permits may use a driver’s license, tax bill, or utility bill if necessary.

The Currituck Clerk of Superior Court announced that Criminal District Court scheduled for Sept. 12 is cancelled, and the Small Claim Court scheduled for Sept. 14 is cancelled.

All Parks and Recreation games and practices scheduled for Sept. 13 and 14 are cancelled.

The Currituck Heritage Festival scheduled for Sept. 15 is cancelled.


Tuesday, 12:20 a.m.

Due to the severity of hurricane Florence the Outer Banks SPCA is in the process of trying to get all of their dogs fostered out. The OBX SPCA will be providing free rabies vaccinations for evacuators, and reminds the public to not leave their animals behind if they do decide to evacuate.


Monday, 11:20 p.m.

A shelter for Dare and Hyde residents will open on Tuesday at 2 p.m., located outside Raleigh at Knightdale High School, 100 Bryan Chalk Ln, Knightdale. The shelter is pet friendly and equipped to handle animals.


Monday, 10:40 p.m.

Gov. Cooper talks to Wilmington officials on Monday. (Twitter/@NC_Governor)

While in the Wilmington-area Monday afternoon, Gov. Roy Cooper joined Mike “Moose” Smith and Sam Walker on Beach 104, 94.5 WCMS, 99.1 The Sound and Classic Rock 92.3 for an update on the state’s efforts ahead of Florence.

“One of the advantages we’ve had with this storm is we’ve had a couple of days to prepare,” Cooper said.

“We’ll get through this. North Carolinians are resilient,” Cooper said. “But we have to use our common sense, and have to be prepared.”

Listen to the full interview here:


Visitors have been heeding the evacuation orders issued earlier today. Volume was moderate to even heavy at times for a Monday night well after sunset through Currituck County on U.S. 158, with vehicles from states along the East Coast headed home.

While traffic was moving steadily through the northern towns this evening, its was a slog trying to get off Hatteras Island all day.

Jeff Cahill of Currituck said it took him more than three hours just to get from Avon to Kitty Hawk Monday evening.

Travel from south of Oregon Inlet has been slowed by overwash, especially along portions of Highway 12 on Pea Island, and that is possible again with the high tides around 9:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Tuesday.

More on recommended evacuation routes:


Monday, 3:30 p.m.

Currituck County Schools have cancelled classes the rest of the week. Details on this and others on our Storm closings, cancellations and postponements page.

A handful of beachgoers were still enjoying the sun at Bonnett Street in Nags Head Monday afternoon. (Russ Lay)

Brew Thru and other convenience stores were seeing brisk business for supplies of the beverage style. (Russ Lay)


Monday, 2:30 p.m.

Gas stations seem to be the most popular gathering spot on the Outer Banks at the moment, as people started fueling up after the evacuation order was issued.

Addie Bangle of Salvo was on her way to Chesapeake on Monday morning as the evacuation order was issued. She had stopped for gas at the Duck-Thru in Grandy.

“I’m headed to get feed and other supplies for our animals, plus we have a bee hive for the first time during a storm that we have to secure,” Bangle said.

After returning to Hatteras Island today, she planned to leave on Tuesday with her two children and ride out the storm in Norfolk.

“My husband will stay behind at least another day, and then if things look really bad he will leave,” Bangle said.

The line at Handee Hugo’s in Kitty Hawk was out onto the Beach Road this morning, while they were getting a delivery at the same time. (Sam Walker)


Dare Board of Commissioners Chairman Bob Woodard shares a message to residents and visitors.


See what people are saying:

  • W.H.

    People need to be ready for Hurricane Florence. She may have weakened a bit, but the impacts may be just as bad with the wind field. I would not be surprised to see 2-3′ of rain in some areas. Another good resource is Texas Storm Watch – http://texasstormwatch.com. Thank you for the updates!

    Thursday, Sep 13 @ 2:24 pm
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