Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Storm Status- Hurricane Irene August 23, 2011

8.23.11 3:40 PM 
With Hurricane Irene moving up the eastern coastline, Hatteras Realty staff has begun preparations in the event the storm continues on the projected path. Currently, we have a gorgeous beach day with sunny blue skies, a nice breeze and mild summer temperatures. As Irene approaches we will be frequently providing updated information on our Blog page with current weather conditions via You Tube videos and important links with accurate weather. Please see the links below for additional information.

A mandatory evacuation has been issued for all visitors of Ocracoke/Hyde County effective 5 AM, Wednesday, August 24, 2011. There will be a mandatory evacuation for all residents for Ocracoke /Hyde County beginning at 5 AM, Thursday, August 25, 2011. If you are currently staying in a home on Hatteras Island you may want to begin to prepare your belongings in case Dare County declares evacuation.

As the storm continues to head this way our staff may be out in the field checking on and securing homes. Phone lines may be busy as we attempt to contact our guests and local county offices for updates. We ask that you please check continue to reference this blog to help us keep our phone lines free. Our employees live here on the island and will also need to secure their own homes and many will also evacuate the island if the order is mandatory. Please be patient with us.

If a mandatory evacuation is ordered by local officials while you are vacationing on Hatteras Island, please diligently pack all your belongings and make plans to head off of the Island. The order to leave will be given in plenty of time by county officials. Depending on the severity and length of the storm and any storm damage, you may not be allowed back. The earlier you leave the better as traffic increases the closer the storm gets. If you are not planning on going all the way home and need hotel accommodations we advise that you call and make reservations ASAP; please see links at the bottom of this page. Evacuation routes are well marked with blue evacuation route signs. There are no shelters in Dare County, Currituck County or Hyde County. Inland shelter locations will be broadcast on local radio and TV stations (listed below) as the storm approaches.

Trip Insurance: If you have purchased Trip Insurance, please click here for a Mandatory Evacuation Claim Form. If you are on vacation and a mandatory evacuation is ordered, we will have claim forms for you to take with you when you check out. In the event of a mandatory evacuation that cuts your week short, there are no refunds if you decline the trip insurance; please be smart and protect yourself and your vacation.

We are still hoping Hurricane Irene decides to head back out to sea, but keep checking this site for Hatteras Island updates!

Other Important Links and Information:
Outer Banks Visitors Bureau
Dare County - Official Website
North Carolina Department of Transportation
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Weather Channel- Hurricane Tracker

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