Hurricane Maria is tracking up the east coast, and to ensure you are aware of the latest information from the coast we wanted to provide you a brief update from the beach.
Richard Etheridge-Integrity and Courage
If Dare County Commissioners have their way, the new bridge over the New Inlet on Hatteras Island will be named the Richard Etheridge Bridge. Provided NCDOT agrees to the name, it would be a fitting tribute to a remarkable man.
Word is out that the Outer Banks are one of the best places in the United States for a relaxing vacation: U.S. News just named the Outer Banks as the 4th Best “Relaxing Getaway in the U.S.” With beautiful weather, pristine beaches, delicious food, and fun activities, the Outer Banks have everything you need for a stress-free getaway.
If you’re dreaming of a different kind of vacation, or a more active vacation, an ecotourism trip to the Outer Banks may be just what you’re looking for. Ecotourism is defined by the World Conservation Union as “environmentally responsible travel to natural areas in order to enjoy and appreciate nature and accompanying cultural features that promote conservation, have low visitor impact, and provide for beneficially active socio-economic involvement of local people.”
Last week the Outer Banks Blue family got some very sad news. We learned that our first accounting employee passed away last week due to complications from Cancer. She suffered a stroke recently and only at that time did they discover that she had late stage colon cancer.
Traffic flow to the Outer Banks is still restricted
As of 9:30 this morning there is unlimited access onto the Outer Banks. The Highway Patrol lifted the road block at the Wright Memorial Bridge and visitors are being permitted access to the Dare County beaches. The town of Kitty Hawk remains under a state of emergency due to flooding and power outages. Curfews have been lifted in the area.
Access to the Outer Banks remains limited this morning to permanent residents and property owners only. The bridges leading into the county have road blocks in place still this morning and police are turning away anyone who is not either a permanent resident or a property owner with documented proof of ownership.
Access to Outer Banks Limited/Curfew in effect
The storm now known as Post-tropical cyclone Matthew is racing away from the Outer Banks this evening at a rate of 15 MPH, but even with it being more than 150 miles away the area is still receiving some wind gusts, and cloud cover tonight.
Storm effects worse than predicted
Hurricane Matthew is now a post tropical cyclone but the effects of the storm on the Outer Banks were more severe than predicted due to the projected path of the storm coming much closer to our area than the official forecasts stated.
Matthew starting to bring rain
Hurricane Matthew continues to be a monster storm that has and is pounding coastal communities to our south. Our thoughts and prayers go out to residents of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina which have seen significant damage from win, rain and flooding. The storm continues to be a category 2 storm with winds near 100 MPH near the eye of the storm. While the storm has weakened from the interaction with land, it is still a dangerous storm causing significant damage in its path.
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