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UPDATE:  Dare County plans large-item pickup for October

The Dare County Sanitation Department will be conducting a large item household pick-up for residential customers only. No commercial business debris will be picked up.

Materials must be at curbside no later than 6 a.m. on the date of collection. There will not be a second day pick-up.
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Highway remains open on Hatteras, but Ocracoke under water...WITH SLIDE SHOW

The rain, wind, and high surf caused by a coastal low pressure area pounded away at Hatteras and Ocracoke islands for another day on Monday.  For the most part, roads on Hatteras Island were open, and it was business as usual, though the heavy rain and tidal flooding kept Ocracoke closed down.
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Photos from Sunday's high tide in north Buxton

Heavy rain and powerful breaking waves continued to pound Hatteras and Ocracoke islands on Sunday afternoon.  Click here to see a slide show of high tide today -- about 1:30 p.m. -- in Buxton

Outer Banks braces for high winds and coastal flooding...WITH SLIDE SHOW

After the surprise of a warm sunny day on Saturday, the Outer Banks is bracing for the possibility of high winds and coastal flooding tonight into Monday. The National Weather Service in Newport has issued a coastal flood warning for the area until 8 p.m. on Monday and a wind advisory until midnight on Tuesday.
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Joaquin headed out to sea, but coastal flooding still a  threat

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center, who for several days wrestled with models that brought powerful Category 4 Joaquin ashore along the U.S. East Coast, said today they were feeling confident that the storm would head out to sea.

Residents, visitors, and emergency managers on the Outer Banks are breathing a big sigh of relief, but we're not in the clear yet. Hatteras and Ocracoke islands are in for more heavy rain and punishing surf between now and Monday.. Read More

Joaquin looking less threatening to Outer Banks, but is still a dangerous storm

Although Hurricane Joaquin looked a lot less threatening to the North Carolina coast as of late Thursday afternoon, Outer Banks officials remain concerned nonetheless about potentially dangerous soundside flooding,

torrential rainfall, and punishing ocean surf as the storm moves north off the coast over the weekend. Read More

Weather-watching continues through another week 

Still saturated from recent rains, Outer Banks residents are casting a wary eye to the south where Hurricane Joaquin is churning up seas and building strength.

Forecast models still vary greatly but without doubt, Hatteras and Ocracoke islands will have some storm impacts even if the storm stays out in the ocean.
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Update on Cape Hatteras National Seashore Beach Driving Access

While recent coastal flooding temporarily closed many popular park beaches and beach access ramps, several areas have reopened as standing water continues to recede on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands.  Park beaches are open to pedestrian access throughout the park unless otherwise posted.  Park visitors can expect to see some safety and/or resource protection closures in effect as well as standing water in many areas.  
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Judge says NC Bar proceeding unconstitutional

Dare County Resident Superior Court Judge Jerry Tillett has filed suit against the North Carolina Bar and the NC Judicial Standards Commission based on his assertion that NC Bar actions against him are unconstitutional. 

Read the article in The Outer Banks Sentinel

Legislators finally call it a day

The North Carolina General Assembly finally adjourned the 2015 legislative session after a whirlwind of last minute legislation was passed.
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Joaquin now a hurricane, potential path edges closer to OBX

Joaquin became a hurricane this morning with top winds of 75 mph and forecasters are showing a path that takes the storm just off the Outer Banks.

The National Hurricane Center reported Tuesday night that top winds could reach 110 mph in three days as the storm, which is nearing the Bahamas, makes a turn to the north.

Read the article in The Outer Banks Voice

Residents of tri-villages get first look at proposed zoning maps

Property owners in Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo now have a proposed zoning map to consider that gives the community wide berth in deciding what uses should be allowed or not.

“This map is driven by community input,” Dare County Planning Director Donna Creef told residents at a packed meeting Thursday night, Sept. 24, at the Community Building in Rodanthe.  “It is going to reflect what the community tells us it wants.”  
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Coast Guard enforcing regulated navigation area at Oregon Inlet

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina yesterday began enforcing a regulated navigation area for the navigable waters surrounding the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge in Oregon Inlet. Vessels with a draft greater than 5 feet are not allowed within 100 yards of the Bonner Bridge until further notice. 
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Public has chance to weigh in on Buxton Beach restoration plan

Hatteras islanders will have a chance to weigh-in next week on the long-sought plan to widen the beach in Buxton, which is currently out for public review.

A meeting is scheduled on Thursday, Oct. 1, from 6  until 7 p.m. at the Fessenden Center, when people will have an opportunity to ask questions and view maps of the proposed project.  The public can also submit written comments on the plan until Oct. 19. 
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'Super blood moon' will give skywatchers a rare show...WITH VIDEO

If the week's ghastly and gloomy weather clears out by Sunday night, sky watchers on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands will be treated to not only a "supermoon" but also to a full moon glowing with the reddish tint of a lunar eclipse -- a so-called "blood" moon.

September's super blood moon is also known as the Harvest Moon, since it's the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox. 
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Finding solutions to Hatteras Inlet shoaling moving at snail's pace

Finding remedies for clogged channels in Hatteras Inlet has been moving along at a typical bureaucratic crawl, spurring frustrated members of the Dare County Oregon Inlet and Waterways Commission to investigate whether dredging the “cut-through” area near Ocracoke could be a faster way to provide ocean passage for charter vessels.

“We have the permits to do that now,” Jed Dixon, deputy director of the state Ferry Division and a commission member, told the panel at its meeting Tuesday night.

“You’ve got to get a survey. You’ve got to get the money, and you’ve got to have a place to put the sand.” 
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Coast Guard suspends search for missing Avon spearfisherman

The Coast Guard suspended its search on Monday for a 38-year-old Kristopher Mueller of Avon who went missing on Saturday near Bonner Bridge in Oregon Inlet.

However, Mueller's wife and friends weren't giving up. 
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Day at the Docks is full of food, fun, festivities....WITH SLIDE SHOW

After last year's day-long deluge, the organizers of the Day at the Docks on the waterfront in Hatteras village welcomed a warm and breezy late summer day with only occasional clouds interrupting the sunshine.

A crowd estimated at between 1,500 and 2,000 people enjoyed the day, which is a celebration of Hatteras Island watermen and the culture and traditions of the island's fishing community. 
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Ferry Division extends Hatteras-Ocracoke summer route until Oct. 6

Citing continuing heavy demand for the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route, the North Carolina Department of Transportation Ferry Division has announced that the summer schedule will be extended an additional two weeks. 
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UPDATE:  Sea turtle carcass recovered near Frisco Pier

A spokesperson for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore said this afternoon that a sea turtle carcass has been recovered from the area of the old Cape Hatteras Fishing Pier in Frisco.

It isn't know if the turtle recovered is the same one that was injured by a spear-gun on Wednesday. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration law enforcement officials are continuing the investigation.

UPDATED: Officials still seeking turtle injured by man with spear-gun

Law enforcement officials from the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration were still following up today on the bizarre case of a man who shot a sea turtle with a spear-gun on Wednesday.

Hatteras Island District Ranger Joe Darling said the incident happened about mid-afternoon in the ocean at the Frisco Pier and was reported to Park Service law enforcement by visitors who witnessed the event. 
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State agency sets meeting on 'severe' gypsy moth infestation in Buxton Woods...WITH SLIDE SHOW

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Plant Industry Division has scheduled a public meeting for Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Fessenden Center on Highway 12 in Buxton.

At the meeting, division officials will present a plan to eradicate a severe, isolated infestation of the invasive gypsy moth in the Buxton Woods State Reserve area of Buxton and Frisco -- an infestation that threatens the maritime forest's live oak trees with defoliation and eventually death. 
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40 firefighters remember the fallen with Memorial Lighthouse Climb...WITH SLIDE SHOW

At 8:59 a.m. on Friday morning, Sept. 11, 40 Outer Banks firefighters began climbing the 257 stairs to the balcony of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse to remember their brethren and others who died in the terrorist attacks of 14 years ago.

It was a mostly cloudy morning, but it was warm and muggy as they began their ascent in full attire -- coats, pants, hats, boots, and with many of them carrying about 50 pounds of gear. 
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