Evacuation order for Guests still in place
The Emergency Control Group for the Outer Banks met this morning and determined that due to Hurricane Dorian the conditions on the beaches are not yet safe for guests to return. The mandatory evacuation order for all of Dare and Currituck Counties remains in effect at this time.
There are significant power outages on the Outer Banks this morning with more than 10,000 properties in the area without electricity. There are also dangling power lines and some lines down in the street which makes travel dangerous in some areas.
Priority 2 Re-entry Permits allowed back as of noon today
The control group determined that as of noon today anyone with a priority 2 re-entry permit and proper identification can return to the Outer Banks. This includes local residents, and essential workers. Again, visitors are not welcome back to the Outer Banks at this time – only residents, property owners, and workers if those people have a re-entry permit and a matching identification.
Priority 3 permit holders are not permitted back on the beach yet. That would include non-resident property owners. We will advise when that changes.
Outer Banks Blue is open
Our office is open today with limited staffing. We appreciate your patience as we go out and prepare houses for arriving guests and assess damage to our properties. Many houses do have damage, and we need to make necessary repairs prior to your arrival. Some of our staff has also had damage to their properties from Hurricane Dorian, and our thoughts go out to them as they deal with their own difficulties. Your understanding at this time is very much appreciated.
We will post another update here when the mandatory evacuation order is lifted for the Outer Banks and guests are permitted back on the Outer Banks. We look forward to welcoming you back to the beach soon!