Final Hurricane Florence Advisory 9/14/18 1:30 PM

Evacuation Order to be lifted this weekend

Hurricane Florence Upate #6 (Final Update)

Hurricane Florence
A view of Hurricane Florence is shown churning in the Atlantic Ocean in a west, north-westerly direction heading for the eastern coastline of the United States, taken by cameras outside the International Space Station

Dare and Currituck Counties remain under a Hurricane Warning and a Storm Surge Warning that officials anticipate will remain in place through late today or Saturday due to the slow movement of Hurricane Florence.

Based on the warnings currently in place, reentry for areas north of Oregon Inlet will begin on Saturday, September 15 at 7:00 a.m for Priorities One, Two and Three. This includes essential personnel, permanent residents, essential personnel for critical businesses, non resident property owners and non resident employees of non critical businesses.

Permanent Residents will be allowed reentry with a valid NC driver’s license with a local address or a current Dare County property tax bill or parcel data sheet. Non-resident essential personnel of critical businesses such as food service/supply, pharmacies, banks, gas stations, property management, building supply and hotels will be permitted reentry only with a permit.

It is anticipated that visitors will be allowed entry to areas north of Oregon Inlet beginning Sunday, September 16 at 7:00 a.m.

While the state of emergency is in effect and warnings from the National Weather Service remain, conditions may alter the reentry schedule.

Outer Banks Blue will work to prepare houses for guest arrival.   Houses will have the hurricane preparation undone, and then cleaned and prepared for guest arrival.  We anticipate welcoming our guests on Sunday morning if you had an arrival scheduled for Friday or Saturday or if you are a returning guest completing an extended stay.   If you have a stay that is scheduled to begin on Sunday (9/16/18) we anticipate honoring your regular check in time that day.

Arriving and returning guests should be aware that traffic may be very heavy coming onto the OBX on Sunday morning and consider delaying their arrival accordingly.  Likewise arriving guests should be aware that gas supplies are extremely limited on the beach and many gas stations are out of fuel at this time.    Most grocery stores closed early this week and need to be restocked.   It may be wise to get provisions before you arrive on the Outer Banks as a result of this.  It will take a few days for the Outer Banks to return to business as normal.

The next update will be issued as needed.