Thursday morning’s high tide
brought heavy oceanside
flooding to all villages on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, making a
areas of N.C. Highway 12 impassable. NCDOT and Dare County Emergency
announced at 1 p.m. that Highway 12 is closed in both directions
Bonner Bridge and Hatteras Village due to the ocean overwash, and a
time is unknown. All residents are advised to remain indoors and stay
off of roadways.
There was little change to the
track and intensity of
Hurricane Florence in the 11 a.m. update from the National Hurricane
however maximum sustained winds have been reduced slightly. As of
11 a.m., Florence was 145 miles
east-southeast of Wilmington, N.C. and was heading northwest at 10 mph.
rains and wind gusts will start to develop on Thursday, with 4-6 inches
forecast for Hatteras and Ocracoke islands during the storm.
The mandatory evacuation for
all residents and visitors
remains in place and entry into Dare County is now restricted. Only
a Priority One Critical Personnel Pass issued by Dare
Management or a Critical Needs Pass issued by Currituck County
Management are being allowed access.
The following watches and
warnings are currently in effect
for Dare County - a Storm Surge Warning, Hurricane Warning, High Surf
Flash Flood Watch, Beach Hazards Advisory, and a Tornado Watch.
weather advisories and forecasts from the National Weather Service.
www.darenc.com for updated information and safety tips from Dare County
Emergency Management and the Joint Information Center.
For updated road conditions from NCDOT, visit https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/
To receive notifications directly from Dare
County Emergency Management, visit www.darenc.com/emergencyalerts
and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter. The Dare County Emergency
Center is activated and can be reached at 252.475.5655.
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