Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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 working to correct the following service problems caused by Hurricane Sandy –
  • NC Highway 12 on Hatteras Island, south of Oregon Inlet, remains closed due to sand and water on the roadway.  NC DOT is working to clear sand and water on Highway 12 to allow travel between villages and provide access to the emergency ferry dock in Rodanthe.
  • Ferry Service from Hatteras to Ocracoke continues to be suspended.  Emergency Ferry service between Rodanthe and Stumpy Point is expected to begin operating this afternoon.  Schedules will be announced as soon as determined.
  • A CenturyLink crew remains on scene in Rodanthe working to repair the damaged fiber cable to restore cell phone and internet service.  Callers are asked, if possible, to dial 9-1-1 from a land line phone to report emergencies.  During the repair, there is a possibility that customers may be without all fiber related service for up to an hour.
One-stop early voting is available today as scheduled at the Baum Center in Kill Devil Hills and at the Elections Office in Manteo, but is cancelled at the Fessenden Center in Buxton.  For more information about one-stop early voting, call the Dare County Board of Elections Office between 8:30 and 5:00 p.m. at 252-475-5630.
Updates from Dare County Emergency Management will continue to be released as updated information is available.  The Dare County Emergency Operations Center may be reached at 252-475-5655.

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