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Travel Advisory- Reentry for Visitors

10.31.12 Updated Re-entry Information for Hatteras Island Visitors Highway 12 from Oregon Inlet to Rodanthe on Hatteras Island remains closed.  The only access to Hatteras Island is by ferry until further notice.  NCDOT is operating Emergency ferry service between Stumpy Point and Rodanthe along with the Hatteras-Ocracoke route. Beginning Friday, November 2 at 6:00 a.m. all reentry restrictions for Hatteras Island will be lifted and ferry service will be available for everyone, including visitors.  The published schedule for the emergency ferry service will remain in place through Friday, November 2.  An expanded schedule is being developed that will go into effect on Saturday, November 3.  Please checkwww.darenc.com for updated information. Emergency Ferry Service – Stumpy Point to Rodanthe Departing Stumpy Point at 6 a.m., 8, 10, noon, 2 p.m., 4 and 10; andDeparting Rodanthe at 7 a.m., 9, 11, 1 p.m., 3, 5 and 7.Hatteras-Ocracoke Schedule – Departing Hatteras at 6 a.m., 8, 10, noon, 2 p.m.,…

Travel Advisory 10.31.12 1pm

HATTERAS ISLAND INFORMATION Highway 12 and Emergency Ferry Service Highway 12 on Hatteras Island, north of Rodanthe, remains closed due to impacts from ocean overwash. Based upon NCDOT’s initial assessment, it is projected that Highway 12 from Oregon Inlet to Rodanthe will open by Thanksgiving.  Currently, Highway 12 is clear between all the villages of Hatteras Island. The emergency ferry service established by NCDOT will continue service from Stumpy Point to Rodanthe that will operate with restricted entry on the following basis - Departing Stumpy Point at 6 a.m., 8, 10, noon, 2 p.m., 4 and 10; andDeparting Rodanthe at 7 a.m., 9, 11, 1 p.m., 3, 5 and 7. According to Dare County Emergency Management, Priorities One, Two and Three will have access to and from Hatteras Island.  Visitors will not be allowed to enter Hatteras Island yet, but will be allowed to depart.  Essential commodities, as determined by DCEM will have top priority. Priority One includes – Essential personnel (utilitie…

Travel Advisory 10.30.12 6pm

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October 30, 2012- 5:30 p.m.  Bulletin #5 All Dare County Offices Opening on Schedule Tomorrow  All Dare County Offices, north and south of Oregon Inlet, will be opening tomorrow (Wednesday, October 31) at the regular time. One-stop voting will take place tomorrow (Wednesday, October 31) as scheduled in Manteo, Kill Devil Hills and Buxton.  For more information about one-stop voting, call the Dare County Board of Elections Office between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at (252)475-5630. Update from the Town of Kitty Hawk – All lanes of Highway 158 in Kitty Hawk at milepost 4 remain closed due to flooding.  Traffic is currently being rerouted on a detour through neighborhoods west of Highway 158.   Visitwww.townofkittyhawk.org to view a map of the detour.  Motorists should expect delays and slow travel in this area. All of NC Highway 12 and streets between Highway 12 and Highway 158 remain closed due to flood waters.  The Kitty Hawk Police Department is advising all residents, visitors and prop…

Travel Advisory- Emergency Ferry Route Activated

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: Oct. 30, 2012

Emergency Ferry Route Activated; Will Run Set Schedule Tomorrow
Pamlico Sound routes resume; begin Fall schedule this afternoon

MANNS HARBOR — The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division today activated the emergency route between Stumpy Point and Rodanthe. Currently the ferries are not running a set schedule, but are taking the top three priorities as announced by Dare County and will begin a set schedule tomorrow. Also, the Pamlico Sound routes will return to a normal schedule tomorrow under specific re-entry guidelines.

Emergency Route
Wed., Oct. 31, a schedule will be in place to assist Dare County with re-entry. According to Dare County Emergency Management, Priorities One, Two and Three will have access to and from Hatteras Island. Visitors will not be allowed to enter Hatteras Island yet, but will be allowed to depart. Essential commodities, as determined by DCEM will have top priority.

·         Priority One includes - Es…

Storm Update- Hurricane Sandy 10.30 1pm

October 30, 2012- 12:30 p.m.
Update on Service Repairs Following Hurricane Sandy 

Most roads in Dare County remain open, however, the following roads are closed due to impacts from ocean overwash: Highway 12 on Hatteras Island remains closed.The 158 Bypass in Kitty Hawk is closed near Milepost 4; however, all traffic is being rerouted through neighborhoods west of the highway.There are areas of Highway 12 (Beach Road) in northern beach towns that remain closed.Motorists are encouraged to use extreme caution, avoid standing water, and stay out of all barricaded areas.  Avoid travel through the Bypass in Kitty Hawk, if possible. Dare County Emergency Management advises that Dare MedFlight is operational and available for emergency medical evacuations, including Hatteras Island. All visitors are asked to confirm reservations with their accommodations provider before traveling to the area. Damage assessment teams are in the field today to survey the effects of the storm.  Repair crews are worki…

Storm Update- Hurricane Sandy 10.30.12 10am

October 30, 2012- 9:30 a.m.
Damage Assessments and Service Repairs Following Hurricane Sandy 

Impacts from soundside flooding overnight were less than anticipated allowing most roads in Dare County to remain open; however, the following roads remain closed due to impacts from ocean overwash: Highway 12 on Hatteras Island remains closed.The 158 Bypass in Kitty Hawk is closed near Milepost 4; however, all traffic is being rerouted through neighborhoods west of the highway.There are areas of Highway 12 (Beach Road) in northern beach towns that remain closed.Motorists are encouraged to use extreme caution, avoid standing water, and stay out of all barricaded areas.  Avoid travel through Bypass in Kitty Hawk, if possible. All visitors are asked to confirm reservations with their accommodations provider before traveling to the area. Dare County Emergency Management advises that Dare MedFlight is operational and available for emergency medical evacuations, including Hatteras Island. Damage assessm…

Storm Update- Hurricane Sandy 10.29.12 6pm

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October 29, 2012- 5:30 p.m.  Soundside Flooding Expected Through Tuesday Morning  Widespread soundside flooding is expected to occur now through Tuesday morning as the back portion of Hurricane Sandy passes the Outer Banks.  Dare County Emergency Management advises everyone to stay indoors.  If travel is necessary, use extreme caution and stay out of all barricaded areas.  Be prepared for the following – Roanoke Island/Manteo/Wanchese Prepare for inundation of 4 to 6 feet above ground.  Causeway and downtown Manteo will have flooding over town docks.  Highest impacts will be seen after sunset.Northern Portions – Including Municipalities Prepare for inundation along soundside areas of 4 to 6 feet.  Water intrusion in lower floors of low lying buildings is possible.  Move high value items to higher ground, including vehicles and boats.Hatteras Island Soundside flooding will continue through the evening with 4 to 6 feet in the Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo Villages.NC Highway 12 south of Oregon I…

Storm Update- Hurricane Sandy 10.29.12 1pm

October 29, 2012 -12:30 p.m.  Prepare for Widespread Soundside Flooding Dare County Emergency Management advises everyone to prepare for soundside flooding throughout Dare County – Roanoke Island – Manteo Prepare for inundation of 4 to 6 feet above ground.  Causeway and downtown Manteo will have flooding over town docks.  Highest impacts will be seen after sunset.Northern Portions – Including Municipalities Prepare for inundation along soundside areas of 4 to 6 feet.  Water intrusion in lower floors of low lying buildings is possible.  Move high value items to higher ground, including vehicles and boats.Mainland Dare County – Manns Harbor and Stumpy Point should expect inundation of 4 to 6 feet above ground with flooding of low lying structures.  Vehicles and boats should be relocated to higher ground.Hatteras Island – Soundside flooding will continue through the evening with 4 to 6 feet in the Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo Villages.Dare County Emergency Management advises everyone to stay indo…

Storm Update- Hurricane Sandy 10.29.12 10am

October 29, 2012
Rain and Winds Continue with Storm Surge and Soundside Flooding The Outer Banks will experience rain and gale force winds (30+ mph) today that are expected to continue into Wednesday. Flooding from the storm will remain a threat through Tuesday.  High seas and rough surf will produce ocean overwash with inundation of 4 to 6 feet above ground.  Soundside flooding will become extreme tonight with inundations of 3 to 5 feet. NC Highway 12 south of Oregon Inlet remains closed due to sand and water on the roadway.  Local law enforcement reported Sunday afternoon that pavement had been compromised in the northbound lane of Highway 12 north of Mirlo Beach and in the southbound lane south of the new bridge.  NCDOT will continue working to clear the road, assess damage and make repairs to reopen it as quickly as possible. Dare County Emergency Management is conducting a mid-morning Support Group meeting and anticipates releasing additional storm related information afterward.  They…

Storm Update- Hurricane Sandy 10.28 5pm

October 28, 2012- 5:30 p.m.
Increased Threat of Storm Surge and Soundside Flooding 

Dare County Emergency Management advises that there is an increased threat of inundation of storm surge and soundside flooding, in the following amounts -

Oceanside – high seas and rough surf will continue to produce ocean overwash with inundation of 4 to 6 feet above ground.Soundside – prepare for widespread inundation of 4 to 6 feet above ground level.  Some locations could see inundation up to 7 feet.
Highway 12 on Hatteras Island remains closed due to sand and water on the roadway.  Local law enforcement reports that pavement has been compromised in the northbound lane of Highway 12 north of Mirlo Beach and in the southbound lane south of the new bridge.  NCDOT will continue working to clear the road, assess damage and make repairs to reopen it as quickly as possible.

Dare County Emergency Management advises everyone to remain indoors this evening.  If travel is necessary, use caution and be alert for f…

Travel Advisory- Hwy 12 Closed

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October 28, 2012- 12:30 p.m.
Ocean Overwash and Flooding from Hurricane Sandy

NCDOT is working to remove sand and water on NC Highway 12 on Hatteras Island, which has closed the roadway south of Oregon Inlet.  Motorists are advised to use caution and be alert for water and sand overwash on Highway 12 and all roads throughout Dare County.

Storm force (50+ mph) winds will reduce as the hurricane moves further to the east.  However, winds of 30+ mph are projected to extend into Tuesday and produce rough surf and dangerous rip currents.  The threat of ocean flooding of 3 to 6 feet will continue to exist due to astronomical tides and storm surge.

Shifting winds are expected to produce soundside flooding of 3 to 5 feet throughout Dare County.  Some areas of southern Hatteras Island are already experiencing flooding.

Visitors should consult with their accommodations provider before traveling to the area.

NCDOT has suspended ferry service between Hatteras Village and Ocracoke.  Operations will retu…

Travel Advisory- Hwy 12 Closed

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NC Highway 12 on Hatteras Island is closed at Oregon Inlet due to sand and water on the roadway.  NCDOT is on scene working to correct the problem.  Ocean overwash will continue to be a problem throughout the day on Highway 12.  Motorists are advised to use caution and be alert for water and sand overwash on roads throughout Dare County.

The duration of storm force (50+ mph) winds will be reduced as the hurricane moves further to the east.  Winds of 30+ mph are projected to extend into Tuesday and produce rough surf and dangerous rip currents.

As winds shift northwest today it could produce soundside flooding of 3 to 5 feet throughout Dare County.  Some areas of southern Hatteras Island are already experiencing flooding.

Along with soundside flooding, the threat of ocean flooding of 3 to 6 feet will continue to exist due to astronomical tides and storm surge.

Visitors should consult with their accommodations provider before traveling to the area.

NCDOT has suspended ferry service between H…

Travel Advisory- Hatteras Island 10/27 5pm

Throughout the evening the Outer Banks will experience strong winds and heavy rain that will progressively worsen and could cause ocean and soundside flooding.

Although Hurricane Sandy will remain offshore, it will produce significant impacts including damage to buildings, isolated power outages, downed trees, and overwash with water and sand accumulation on roadways.

Dare County Emergency Management advises everyone to remain indoors during periods of high winds and heavy rain, and avoid driving in what will be hazardous conditions.  Visitors should consult with their accommodations provider before traveling to the area.  At this time there are no evacuation plans anticipated for Dare County.

Oceanside flooding of 2 to 4 feet is possible.  Soundside Flooding throughout Dare County, including Roanoke Island, could be 3 to 5 feet Sunday into Monday.

Prolonged gusty winds will continue tonight into Monday.  Coastal areas will experience sustained winds of 40 to 55 mph with gusts from 50 to …

Travel Advisory for Hatteras Island- 10/27 1pm

October 27, 2012- 12:30 p.m. 
Finish Storm Preparations Immediately Before Conditions Worsen 

Dare County Emergency Management advises everyone to complete storm preparations immediately before conditions deteriorate this afternoon.  All residents and visitors are urged to prepare for long periods of strong winds and heavy rains that could produce ocean and soundside flooding.

Cars should be moved to higher ground and property secured.

Hurricane Sandy continues to track well offshore, however the storm is expected to produce long periods of 35-55 MPH sustained winds with gusts of 50 to 70 MPH.  Storm winds could damage buildings, cause isolated power outages, down trees and result in water and sand accumulation on roadways.

Northeasterly gale force winds (34+ MPH) should arrive on Hatteras Island around 3:00 p.m. Saturday with storm force winds (50+ MPH) developing around 1:00 a.m. Sunday.  Storm winds will exit the Outer Banks around 12 midnight on Monday and gale force winds will exit by…