Dare County Emergency Management (DCEM) is closely
monitoring the track of Tropical Storm Florence and is asking residents,
property owners and visitors to keep an eye on the storm’s path over the
As Florence continues to move west, rough surf and dangerous
rip currents are expected beginning this weekend. While it is too early to determine other
potential impacts for the Outer Banks area, DCEM stresses that now is the time
DCEM advises visitors and residents to ensure that their
emergency kit is properly stocked and that their emergency plan, including
possible evacuation, is ready to implement should protective actions become
necessary. For preparedness tips and information, visit www.readync.org.
Per a Friday morning update from the National Weather
Service Newport / Morehead City office, Tropical Storm Florence is now situated
over the central Atlantic, and will continue to move west-northwest through
Florence is expected to strengthen again into a major
hurricane, but there is much uncertainty as to where Florence will go after
this weekend, and if any impacts will be felt along the North Carolina coast
outside of rough surf and rip currents. If the storm does impact the Outer
Banks, forecasters estimate that it would be around the middle of next week.
Dare County Emergency Management reports that they are
receiving calls regarding reentry procedures and reminds non-resident property
owners that permits with an April 1, 2018 expiration date remain valid through
December 30. Permanent residents can use a valid driver’s license with a Dare
County address for reentry, and a current tax bill or parcel data sheet with
matching current government issued ID will also suffice. To review guidelines,
In addition, if you or someone you know has special medical
needs and may need assistance during an emergency, please call the Dare County
Department of Health & Human Services, Social Services Division at
252.475.5500 to register for the Special Medical Needs registry. For more
information, visit www.darenc.com/specialmedicalneeds.
For more info, visit www.weather.gov/mhx for weather
forecast information, or the National Weather Service office in Newport /
Morehead City’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/.