A Hurricane Warning and Storm Surge Warning are
now in effect for Dare County and Hyde County indicating that tropical
storm conditions and life-threatening storm surge are expected within
36 hours, per the Tuesday evening briefing from the National Weather
Service (NWS) Newport / Morehead City Office.
Florence remains a Category 4 story with maximum
winds of 140 mph. The current forecasted landfall is sometime late
Thursday night into Friday as a major hurricane, with tropical storm
force winds arriving as early as Wednesday night, and impacts occurring
far away from the center.
6-9 feet of storm surge is currently forecast
from Cape Lookout to Ocracoke Inlet, and 4-6 feet of storm surge is
forecast from Ocracoke Inlet to the North Carolina / Virginia border.
Maximum rainfall amounts of 15” of rainfall is possible, especially for
Ocracoke Island and southern Hatteras Island.
A shelter for Dare County residents is open at
Knightdale High School located at 100 Bryan Chalk Lane, Knightdale, NC
27545. This is a pet friendly shelter that requires vaccination records
for each pet. While in the shelter, owners are responsible for the
feeding, care, clean-up, and behavior of their pets.
There are currently no restrictions for entering
or leaving the county. Beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12
only essential personnel with a Priority One pass issued by Dare County
Emergency Management will be allowed entry.
Dare County Administrative Offices will remain
closed until further notice. The Dare County Emergency Operations
Center is activated and can be reached at 252.475.5655.
Trash collection for the unincorporated areas of
Dare County is cancelled for the remainder of the week and regular
collection will resume when conditions allow. All Dare County Public
Works facilities are closed until further notice.
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.