Storm Status- Hurricane Irene August 26, 2011
Hurricane Irene is a dangerous and serious threat for all of Dare County and the National Hurricane Center has issued a Hurricane Warning. Expect hurricane force winds with strong potential for severe consequences including structural damage, power outages, flooding, and impassable roads throughout Dare County.
A mandatory evacuation is now in effect for all visitors and residents. Dare County Emergency Management strongly urges everyone to heed the warning and evacuate as early as possible today. Those who do not evacuate should be prepared to sustain themselves for at least 72 hours and emergency personnel will not be able to respond to calls for help during the high winds expected during this storm.
It is recommended that Dare County evacuees use Highway 64 West through Manns Harbor because roads to the north are expected to be extremely congested due to Norfolk’s evacuation order for low-lying areas.
No new reentry stickers are available at this time. 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 present a Dare County tax bill with proper identification for reentry.
Visitors are asked to honor the State of Emergency by refraining from entering Dare County until the public is asked to return. Following a storm, visitors should contact their property management company to make sure accommodations are safely available before traveling to Dare County.
Evacuation preparation steps are available at www.ReadyNC.org and www.darenc.com.