Mandatory Evacuation Issued
for Hatteras Island Visitors
Dare County Control Group met this morning and has declared a state of
emergency for Dare County, issuing a mandatory evacuation for all
Hatteras Island visitors effective at 12 noon today.
on Hatteras Island should pack all of their belongings and depart
before conditions deteriorate and driving becomes hazardous. Be sure to
communicate with your accommodations provider before leaving.
Maria will pass about 150 miles southeast of Dare County bringing
significant impacts including high winds for a long duration, and
significant ocean and sound overwash and flooding. It is likely that
roads will become impassable for extended periods and emergency
response may be limited at the height of the storm.
should proceed with caution, drive slowly through standing water, and
stay off Highway 12 during periods of high tide. Soundside flooding is
also expected, particularly for the southernmost villages of Hatteras
is the time to ensure you are ready by taking personal planning and
preparations seriously – ensure that your emergency kit is properly
stocked and that your emergency plan is ready to implement. For
preparedness tips and information, visit www.readync.org.
you or someone you know has special medical needs and may need
assistance, please call the Dare County Department of Health &
Human Services, Social Services Division at 252.475.5500 to
register. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.
to 5 p.m.