Service is predicting that the effects of Hurricane Irene will impact
the Outer Banks Group units, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort
Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial,
by Friday, Aug. 26, with storm conditions continuing through Sunday,
Aug. 28, 2011.
The Park Service is closing down campgrounds, visitor centers, and
beaches today and tomorrow.
Dare County’s Control Group has not yet made a decision on evacuating
Hatteras Island and the northern beaches. The group will meet
again late this afternoon.
All National Park Service campgrounds -- Ocracoke, Frisco, Cape Point
and Oregon Inlet -- will close at noon today, Wednesday, Aug.
The Ocracoke Campground reservation system has been temporarily
The Silver Lake Marina NPS docks will also close at noon
The Ocracoke Visitor Center, Hatteras Island, Bodie Island and Wright
Brothers and Fort Raleigh Visitor Centers will remain open until close
of business today, then will remain closed until further
Previously scheduled evening programs for Aug. 24 are
Lifeguarded beach operations at Ocracoke, Buxton, and Coquina Beach
will close at 5 p.m. today, and remain closed until further notice.
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will close at 6 p.m. today, until further
notice. All park special programs scheduled for Founder’s
Thursday, August 25, have been cancelled. Regularly scheduled
Fall interpretive programming will resume after the storm passes the
The Flags Over Hatteras event, scheduled for August 25-28, has been
postponed until further notice due to the threat of Hurricane
In preparation for the storm, Ocracoke beaches will be closed to
off-road vehicles by 6 p.m. today, and all other beaches in the
national seashore will close to off-road vehicles by 6 p.m. on
Thursday, Aug. 25.
For more information, listen to NOAA weather radio and local radio and
media for updates.
Meanwhile, The Dare County Control Group has activated the Joint
Information Section (JIS) in response to Hurricane Irene. All
information regarding local government agencies in Dare County will be
released through this source effective today, Wednesday, Aug. 24.
The JIS is a collaborative organization that encompasses the six
municipal governments in Dare County, the National Park Service, the
Dare County Sheriff’s Office, and the County of Dare, all of which have
representatives on the Dare County Control Group. The JIS is
operated in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Manteo and managed
by Dare County Emergency Management.
Outlets for information include the following:
County website at www.darenc.com
20, Charter Cable Channel 20
e-mailed and faxed
to local, regional, and national press outlets
Public Phone Inquiry Line at 252-475-5655
Other Important Numbers:
Carolina: 1-877-DOT-4YOU (1-877-638-4968)
Highway Patrol: 1-800-441-6127
- NC Ferry
Carolina Power: 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357)
Attorney General (Price Gouging): 919-716-6000 (Outside NC)
877-566-7226 (Inside NC)
The public and media should dial 911 in case of emergency only.