Florence strengthened to a Category 4 with maximum winds of
140 mph on Monday, and is headed towards a Thursday afternoon or evening
landfall, per the 5:30 p.m. update from the National Weather Service (NWS)
Newport / Morehead City office.
Both Hatteras and Ocracoke islands issued mandatory
evacuations for residents and visitors on Monday, with traffic slowly moving
off the island all afternoon.
Delays up to three hours were reported on N.C. Highway 12
from just south of Salvo to the Captain Richard Etheridge Bridge, however
traffic was starting to thin by Monday evening. Ocean overwash was also
reported on Pea Island near the Captain Richard Etheridge Bridge and the Pea
Island Visitors Center, and overwash is expected to be a concern again with the
next high tide at around 8:45 p.m.
The Food Lion in Avon closed at 11 a.m. on Monday, however
local grocery stores including Conner’s, Red & White, and Lee Robinson
Florence is expected to be a large storm when making
landfall per the NWS, and impacts will occur well away from the actual center.
Tropical storm force winds could arrive as early as Wednesday evening, and the
NWS advises residents to make all preparations by Wednesday night at the
Dare County Emergency Management advises residents and
property owners making final storm preparations that there are currently no
restrictions for leaving or entering the county, and none will be implemented
before Wednesday afternoon.
NC Emergency Management has announced the opening of a
shelter for Dare County residents beginning Tuesday, September 11 at 2 p.m.
at Knightdale High School located at 1001 Bryan Caulk Lane, Knightdale, NC
27545. This will be a pet friendly shelter, and Dare County residents must show
a valid ID with a Dare County address for entry. All pet friendly shelters
require vaccination records for each pet. While in the shelter, owners are
responsible for the feeding, care, clean-up, and behavior of their pets.
Dare County Public Works will collect residential trash on
Tuesday, September 11 in Rodanthe,
Waves, Salvo, Avon, Manteo, Wanchese, East Lake, Stumpy Point, and Manns
Harbor. Regular trash collection will
resume again on Monday, September 17.
Dare County Administrative Offices will close at 2 p.m. on
Tuesday, September 11 and remain closed until further notice. The Dare County
Emergency Operations Center is activated for the storm and can be reached at
All Dare County Parks & Rec programs are cancelled until
further notice. The Baum Center, Family Recreation Park, the Dare County Center
and the Manteo Youth Center will be closed beginning Tuesday, September 11
until further notice.
The Dare County Clerk of Courts Office will be closed
Tuesday, September 11 through Friday, September 14.
All District Court sessions are cancelled beginning Tuesday,
September 11 through Friday, September 14.
The Clerk of Courts Office is in the process of continuing all cases and
notice of new court dates will be mailed Monday afternoon. Anyone who does not
receive a notice by Friday, September 21 should contact the Dare County Clerk
of Courts Office to receive their new court date.
All Dare County Schools will be closed on September 11
through the remainder of the week. Cape
Hatteras Elementary and Cape Hatteras Secondary Schools released early today in
response to the mandatory evacuation.
Additionally, the Board of Education meeting that was scheduled for
tomorrow evening has been cancelled.
For preparedness information, visit www.readync.org.
Monitor local weather reports at www.weather.gov/mhx, or sign up to
receive email alerts directly from Emergency Management at
www.darenc.com/emergencyalerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.