Saturday, August 27, 2011

Storm Status- Hurricane Irene August 27,2011 1PM

8.27.11 1PM
Power Outages and Impassable Roads due to Hurricane Irene
As Hurricane Irene moves through Dare County, power outages and impassable roads are being reported throughout the area. These conditions will continue and worsen for the duration of the storm. Everyone is advised to stay indoors, do not attempt to drive, and do not enter the water.

Power Outages
The electric companies providing service to Dare County all report outages that will continue for the duration of the storm. Service crews are unable to safely respond until the storm passes. The following outages are reported –

• Scattered outages on the northern beaches of Dare County and Roanoke Island reported by Dominion North Carolina Power.

• All Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative customers on Hatteras Island are without electrical service.

• Dare County Mainland customers of Tideland Electric are without power.

Important Contact Information
Dominion North Carolina Power 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357)
Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative 1-866-511-9862
Tideland Electric 1-800-882-1001

Road Conditions
• Highway 12 at Mirlo Beach, on the north end of Rodanthe, is impassable. Avoid this area until Emergency Management directs that it is safe to travel.

Other Service Advisories
• Charter Cable will not be responding to service call due to the weather.

Dare County Emergency Management is monitoring the storm track. Resources and plans are in place for whatever contingency may arise. Damage assessments will begin when it is safe to do so after the storm passes.

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.

Potable water service to the areas of Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo, Avon, Hatteras Village, and Kitty Hawk East of NC Hwy 158 has been interrupted as a result of the Water Department isolating sections of the water system that are prone to water main breaks from breaches caused by ocean and sound side over wash. Customers may experience periods of low pressure or discolored water until full service is restored. Based on the potential for contamination from cross connections or back siphonage, customers in these specific areas only are advised to boil all water used for human consumption as a precaution until further notice, with these guidelines –

• Boiling the water to a full rolling boil for a period of one (1) minute before use for consumption (drinking or making tea, coffee, Kool-Aid etc.) or ice making should greatly reduce the possibility of any bacteriological contamination. If you can not boil the water, add plain household bleach (which is 4% to 6% chlorine) using ¼ teaspoon per gallon. Water should have a slight bleach odor. Because boiling water can increase nitrate levels that might be present, bottled water or stored water should be used by pregnant women and be used for preparing infant formula. If possible, infants and pregnant women should drink bottled water. If you do not have bottled water available to drink, it is better to drink boiled water than to drink water that is not boiled and may be contaminated.

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