Bulletin #8 Hurricane Florence Update as of 5 p.m. Thursday
- Contact Dorothy Hester, PIO
With Hurricane Florence expected to slow down as it makes landfall in southeast North Carolina tonight through early Friday morning, Dare County will continue to feel effects from the storm into Saturday morning, after the storm moves away.
Earlier today, NCDOT announced the closure of N.C. Highway 12 on Hatteras Island due to ocean overwash in several places. Water and sand cover the road near Rodanthe and in Avon, Buxton, and just north of Hatteras Village. The highway will likely remain closed through the duration of Hurricane Florence’s approach, as both the road and its bridges must be cleared of debris, inspected for structural damage, and repaired as necessary before they can be reopened. The inspections will take place as soon as conditions allow.
Two National Guard 4x4 ambulances and two humvees are stationed on Hatteras Island to assist Dare County EMS with calls for assistance. Each unit is staffed with two Army National Guard personnel.
Water service is available to all customers throughout the county. There have been no reported power outages.
The mandatory evacuation for all residents and visitors remains in place and entry into Dare County is restricted. Only those with a Priority One Critical Personnel Pass issued by Dare County Emergency Management or a Critical Needs Pass issued by Currituck County Emergency Management are currently allowed access.
Emergency Management recommends staying indoors and off roadways. Bands of heavy rain will reach the area and lead to dangerous driving conditions. With the storm surge warning still in effect, ocean overwash is expected to continue, particularly during periods of high tide.
Stay out of the ocean. Swimming is prohibited throughout the county and conditions are dangerous for even the most experienced swimmers.
No decisions regarding reentry will be made before the storm passes. Damage assessment teams will be in the field as soon as conditions allow and conditions will dictate reentry procedures.
It is important to stay informed and monitor information from official sources.
Visit www.weather.gov/mhx for updated weather advisories and forecasts from the National Weather Service. Visit www.darenc.com for updated information. For updated road conditions from NCDOT, visit https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/.
The Dare County Emergency Operations Center is activated and can be reached at 252.475.5655.
Town of Duck
The Town of Duck administrative office will remain closed until further notice. Trash collection for the Town of Duck on Friday, September 14, is cancelled. Residential trash service is expected to resume on Monday, September 17, if conditions allow.Residential recycling collection for Monday, September 17, is cancelled. Residential recycling service is expected to resume on Monday, September 24.
Town of Southern Shores
Town Hall will be closed due to Hurricane Florence until Monday September 17.
AFTER ANY STORM PASSES – Please do not walk outside, especially on streets. Southern Shores’ streets are covered with tree limbs that when wind-twisted, become dangerous hanging projectiles until cleared. Clearing crews begin work after storm has passed.
Town of Nags Head
The Outer Banks Hospital is open for emergency care. So far, Nags Head has only experienced minor ocean overwash during high tide earlier today in the south end of town. There has been no reported loss of electrical service in Nags Head.Although roads have not yet been impacted due to flooding, we ask that everyone still remain in their homes at this time. Wind conditions in Nags Head can be found on the Jennette's Pier website at ncaquariums.com/jennettes-pier-current-conditions.
Town of Manteo
The administrative offices at Town Hall will be closed until Monday, September 17.
To help prevent damage to our businesses and homes, the Town of Manteo will be enforcing our "no wake" ordinance during and after this storm event. Do not drive through flooded streets or in hazardous conditions and obey all traffic control measures. Turn around, don't drown.
Please conserve water during periods of heavy rain and throughout the storm event. Avoid running dishwashers and clothes washers, limit the amount of water used for showering and when flushing the toilet. Make plans to complete the usage of dishwashers and clothes washers before the start of the storm.
The Town of Manteo Wastewater Treatment Plant is equipped with a generator capable of maintaining operations during an extended power outage.
Not all of the Town of Manteo sewer pump stations have permanent generators and sewer service may be unavailable during a loss of power in certain areas until temporary or utility power is restored.=
The next update will be issued as needed but no later than 10 a.m. on Friday, September 14.