Dare County has declared a State of Emergency due to the unprecedented public health threat posed by COVID-19 and determined that restrictions and prohibitions are necessary to protect public health and safety and are also in keeping with the President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America. Visitors and non-resident property owners are prohibited from entering Dare County. View details at   Click here for the latest information on COVID-19. 

Storm Surge is the greatest threat to life and property from a hurricane, regardless of wind speed.


Category 1 

Winds of 74-95 MPH

Very dangerous winds will produce some danger: Minor damage to property, shrubbery, trees, and unanchored mobile homes should be expected. Low-lying coastal roads inundated, minor pier damage and some small craft in exposed anchorage may be torn from moorings.

Category 2 

Winds of 96-110 MPH

Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage: Well-constructed frame homes could sustain major roof and siding damage. Many shallow rooted trees will be snapped or uprooted and block roads. Serious flooding at coast and many smaller structures near coast destroyed. Considerable damage to piers. Near-total power loss is expected with outages that could last from several days to weeks.

Category 3 

Winds of 111-129 MPH

Devastating damage will occur: Large trees blown down. Serious flooding at coast and many small structures near coast destroyed; electricity and water may be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes. Major damage to piers.

Category 4 

Winds of 130-156

Catastrophic damage will occur: Shrubs and trees blown down. Extensive damage to roofing materials, windows, and doors; complete failure of roofs on many small residences; complete destruction of mobile homes. Major damage to lower floors of structures near shore due to flooding and battering by waves and floating debris. Destruction of piers.

Category 5 

Winds greater than 157 mph

Catastrophic damage will occur: A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages for weeks to possibly months.