Storm Status: Hurricane Irene August 28,2011 2PM
Dare County announced that limited re-entry will be allowed starting at 2 p.m. for residents, property owners and essential personnel except to Duck and Hatteras Island, which are not accessible. Re opening to visitors on the Outer Banks has been announced yet.
Access to Hatteras Island is blocked by sand and debris on N.C. 12, and the county said that the state Ferry Division is arranging emergency ferry service. More information will be available later in the day.
Flooding that rushed onto the west side of the barrier islands was extensive as the storm passed Saturday and winds shifted.
“Emergency Management advises everyone to stay indoors, and not attempt to drive until advised to do so after the damage assessment can be completed,” Dare County officials said in a statement.
Please keep checking back with us on new updates. Power is out across much of the OBX which is making communication difficult. Thank you for your patience!