There have been a great few beach days on Hatteras Island the last several days with light breezes, moderate surf and sunny skies. We hope that everyone is enjoying their vacations. That being said, those of us who live here know how quickly the weather can change.
As of 8am on September 1st, 2010, Dare County has issued a mandatory evacuation for all Hatteras Island Visitors effective Immediately. The Dare County Control Group met this morning to assess the storm and issued the order in anticipation of high waves along the oceanfront of Hatteras Island. The evacuation order facilitates visitors leaving Hatteras Island before high seas produce over-wash on NC Highway 12 which will impede safe travel.
Dare County Emergency Management is closely monitoring the progress of Hurricane Earl and urges all residents and visitors to take necessary precautions for possible hurricane force winds as the storm is expected to pass approximately 80 miles off the Outer Banks early Friday morning. Residents and visitors are encouraged to monitor local news outlets for further advisories from the National Weather Service and state and local emergency management officials. Bulletins will be issued as needed and available at www.darenc.com and on Government Access Channel 20.
Our “White Books” located in our cottages lists evacuation routes and suggested places to stay. And, in the back of the books is our “Hurricane Preparation Checklist”. Please take a minute to review this and assist with its’ completion if possible. If you have purchased the CSA Vacation Rental Insurance, you can pick up a copy when you depart, or call after arriving home and we can email the forms to you.
For those of you who are planning to check in this coming weekend, keep your plans. All indications are that the storm will pass quickly.
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