Control Group issued a mandatory evacuation order for all residents,
beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26.
mandatory evacuation of visitors began at 8 this morning, and the roads
were jammed for much of the day with tourists leaving Hatteras Island
the northern beaches.
under a hurricane watch for most of the day and that was changed to a
warning late this afternoon.
had changed in the National Hurricane Center’s 5 p.m. advisory on
Hurricane Irene. It was still a major hurricane, Category 3 with winds
of 115. The storm had begun to make a predicted turn to the north and
was moving north-northwest at 14 mph.
was 580 miles south of Buxton and is still forecast to make landfall on
the coast around Cape Lookout or Cape Hatteras on Saturday, as a
Category 2 storm.
Hurricane Center was no longer predicting the hurricane to intensify to
a Category 4 before making landfall.
the storm arrives on Saturday, expect hurricane force winds with the
potential for flooding and overwash on highways and roads throughout
Dare County,” the control group said in a statement this afternoon.
Weather Service is predicting Tropical Storm force winds to arrive on
Friday evening with hurricane conditions from early Saturday afternoon
and Saturday night.
impact is expected Saturday afternoon and evening with high winds and
waves, beach erosion, flattening of dunes, and ocean overwash on
the hurricane moves north of Hatteras and Ocracoke, the winds will
shift to the northwest and bring a storm surge with heavy soundside
flooding on the islands.
off Hatteras and Ocracoke, residents were busy buying groceries,
batteries, gas, and other supplies.
admitted to being very nervous about the seriousness of the storm,
which some have said could be the most catastrophic on the Outer Banks
in 40 or 50 years.
and listening to the weather news and waiting until Friday morning to
make a decision about evacuation.
most seemed inclined to stay put despite warnings from officials that
there will be no emergency services and that power, telephones, and
maybe even cell phones would be out.
always, islanders are worried about how long it might be before they
can return home after a storm, and Irene brings with it a real threat
of cutting new inlets or destroying sections of Highway 12.
Service has closed all beaches, campgrounds, and visitor centers in the
evening, most services and businesses were shut down or shutting
down. Some grocery stores and gas stations remained open.
NCDOT Ferry Division expected to close down all ferries this evening,
except the Hatteras-Ocracoke route, which will operate on the hour with
two boats on Friday for as long as conditions allow.
emergency shelters in Dare or Hyde counties.
Shelter information for Dare County residents
On Friday morning at 10 a.m., the state of North Carolina will open the
following two shelters for Dare County evacuees:
TJ Davis Recreation Center, 400 E. Sixth Street, Roanoke Rapids, NC
27870. (252) 533-2847. Pets
will not be
co-located at this shelter, but accommodations will be available and
information will be provided upon arrival.
Northampton Cultural & Wellness Center, 9536 Hwy 305 North,
Jackson, NC 27845. (252) 534-1303. Pets will be
at this site.
Dare County residents without a means of transportation to a state
managed shelter outside of Dare County should call 252-475-5640 on
Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to make travel arrangements.
Those with special medical needs should contact 252-475-5655 for
Pet owners should make plans to evacuate with their pets, as the Dare
County Animal Shelter is unable to accommodate the drop-off of pets by
evacuees. Additional information about pet care during storms
available at www.obxspca.org
Information for Hyde County residents
Shelters will be provided at:
Nash County opened at shelter at Inglewood Baptist Church, 1350
S.Winstead Avenue, Rocky Mount, NC at 8 a.m. on Thursday for Ocracoke
Island evacuees. Pets will not be co-located, but accommodations will
be available and info provided upon arrival.
Wilson County opened a shelter at Raleigh Road Baptist Church, 4150
Raleigh Road Parkway, Wilson, NC 27893, also this morning for mainland
Hyde County evacuees. Pets will not be co-located, but accommodations
will be available and info provided upon arrival.
warnings, and local Hurricane Irene statements at http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/mhx/
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
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)
new re-entry stickers are available at this time. The
issued stickers, for 2008/2009, are still valid. Residents
also use a North Carolina driver’s license showing a Dare County
address. Property owners may present a Dare County tax bill
proper identification for reentry.
and media should dial 911 in case of emergency only.