September 11, 2018

Hurricane and Storm Surge Warnings Issued
for Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands

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.  

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