Dare County Emergency Management urges all Hatteras Island residents and visitors to take the threat of Hurricane Arthur seriously and evacuate because of the threat of high winds, ocean overwash, and soundside flooding.
The National Weather Service predicts sustained winds of 80 to 85 mph with gusts as high as 105 mph. There is the potential for significant soundside flooding, particularly in Buxton, Frisco, Hatteras Village, and areas adjacent to the Pamlico Sound. The Weather Service predicts significant ocean overwash posing a serious threat to oceanfront areas especially in the Villages of Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras.
The mandatory Hatteras Island evacuation includes the Villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras. A State of Emergency has been issued for all of Dare County with the only restriction being the mandatory evacuation of Hatteras Island. During this time access to Hatteras Island is not allowed.
Those evacuating to areas north of Dare County are encouraged to travel westbound on Highway 64 to Interstate 95. Evacuating through the rural areas to the west of Dare County will help avoid traffic backups and congestion that may prolong evacuation by traveling northbound on Route 158/168 through the Hampton Roads portion of Virginia.
Conditions are expected to worsen as the storm approaches making it important that Hatteras Island residents and visitors evacuate as expediently as possible today during daylight hours. Visitors should evacuate with all personal belongings and follow instructions offered by their property management company.
Those who do not heed the evacuation order should be prepared to sustain themselves for at least 72 hours. Be aware that emergency personnel may be unable to respond to calls for help during high winds. During and after the storm there is the risk of impassable roads due to soundside flooding and ocean overwash. And, access to essential goods and services may be disrupted. There are no Red Cross approved shelters in Dare County.
The mandatory evacuation of Hatteras Island does not include the areas of Dare County north of Oregon Inlet, which encompasses the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, and Manteo, as well as Colington, Martin’s Point, Wanchese, East Lake, and Stumpy Point.