Here’s what you can expect when you get to the Outer Banks

By on September 16, 2018

A sentiment shared by many. (Sam Walker)

After a five-day evacuation and state of emergency for Hurricane Florence, the Outer Banks reopened for business  today at 7 a.m.

At 9 a.m., it looked like clear sailing across the Wright Memorial Bridge, but since vacationers with Saturday-to-Saturday rentals will join the Sunday arrivals, it might be slower going closer to check in-times this afternoon.

Still, this is considered the shoulder season, so traffic generally is nothing like the summer gridlock.

Roads on the northern beaches are generally clear. You might run across some blowing sand and water here and there on N.C. 12, but not enough to cause a problem.

Sunrise Sunday in Nags Head. (Pat Morris)

The Outer Banks on the northeast coast fared much better than the southeast, which is still dealing with rain and flooding. The outer edge of Hurricane Florence did not move much past Oregon Inlet, so the northern beaches saw conditions similar to a winter nor’easter.

Hatteras Island, however, was under a persistent band of squalls that flooded N.C. 12 and its villages on top of overwash from several days of surf reaching up to 20 feet.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation suggests that travelers use the northern access to the Outer Banks on U.S. 158. U.S. 64 from I-95 from the south could see some problems. Check here for updates.

Many businesses and restaurants here are open. ABC liquor stories are closed on Sundays in North Carolina.

Grocery stores were opening up Saturday and restocking shelves. The Outer Banks has several chains, including Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Publix and Fresh Market. Cahoon’s on the Beach Road in Nags Head near Jennette’s Pier is another option.

“If we can get trucks down, then we are going to be working to get procucts into our stores,” said Emma Inman, a Food Lion spokesperson.

The Food Lion at Milepost 10 was reasonably stocked Saturday, although some perishables, such as strawberries, appeared to have been removed.

Hatteras Island opens to visitors at 3 p.m. The Bonner Bridge was scanned by the North Carolina Department of Transportation and was found to be safe. N.C. 12 will probably still have some sand and water in spots, so motorists are cautioned to be careful.

Check-ins generally are around 3 p.m., but it might be a good idea to check with your rental company if you have any questions or doubts.

Keep in mind that local people who evacuated just returned yesterday and many of them are the workers who take care of your needs. So try to be patient. And welcome back.

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  • Doug C.

    Just want to thank the staff at TOBV for all your updates throughout this storm. The working press unfortunately gets a bum rap these days, but you folks showed your grit and guile and represented the craft beautifully.
    Well done.

    Sunday, Sep 16 @ 11:57 am