Thursday, August 25, 2011

Dare County Orders Evacuation of Residents
8.25.11 11:00am
The Dare County Control Group has ordered a mandatory evacuation for all Dare County residents beginning at 8:00 a.m., Friday, August 26.

Residents throughout Dare County should make evacuation plans in anticipation of Hurricane Irene. The storm poses a serious threat for all of Dare County, which is now under a Hurricane Watch. Hurricane force winds, with the potential for flooding and over wash on highways and roads throughout Dare County, are expected when the storm arrives on Saturday.

A mandatory evacuation for all visitors in Dare County began today at 8:00 a.m. and has been proceeding in an orderly fashion. Dare County Emergency Management urges visitors not to delay leaving the area. Visitors are also reminded to take all personal belongings during their evacuation.

Evacuation preparation steps are available at www.ReadyNC.org and www.darenc.com.

At this time there are no new reentry stickers being issued. The previously issued stickers, for 2008/2009, are still valid. Residents can also use a North Carolina driver’s license showing a Dare County address. Property owners may use a Dare County tax bill with proper identification for reentry.

The Ferry Division of NCDOT has announced that beginning at 5:00 a.m. Friday there will be only two boats making the Hatteras-Ocracoke crossing and will continue operating until it is deemed unsafe to cross.

Dare County garbage pickup will be done on a regular basis through Friday, August 26.

The National Park Service has closed Ocracoke beaches to off-road vehicles until further notice. All other beaches in the National Seashore will close to off-road vehicles by 6:00 p.m. today. In preparation for the storm, the Park Service will not be issuing a beach access or Resource Management Summary Report today.

Outer Banks Visitor Bureau Welcome Centers at Hatteras, Whalebone Junction, Kitty Hawk and Manteo will close at 5:00 p.m. today.

Updates and bulletins will be issued on an as needed basis and will be available on www.darenc.com and Government Access Channel 20.

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