Tropical Storm Warning, Storm Surge Warning, State of Emergency, Mandatory Evacuation, Flash Flood Watch, Tornado Watch in Place for the Outer Banks.
On Friday morning Hurricane Florence is came ashore in the Wilmington, North Carolina area, but strong effects of the storm were being felt all along the Outer Banks.
Rain bands are continuing to affect the northern beaches of the Outer Banks, winds are strong and steady, waves and tides are running higher than normal at this time, and ocean over wash is being experienced in several areas of the Outer Banks. Highway 12 on Hatteras Island has been closed from the Bonner Bridge south due to significant ocean over wash in that area. Intermittent rain is predicted to affect our area through Friday as will windy conditions.
A Tropical Storm Warning, Storm Surge Warning, A State of Emergency, and a Mandatory Evacuation, a Flash Flood Watch, and a Tornado Watch continue to be in place as of this morning.
This morning the Bridges that provide access to the Outer Banks have closed access to anyone other than essential personnel with a specific pass issued by the Emergency management of either Dare or Currituck Counties.
The Outer Banks Blue office is closed until the Mandatory Evacuation is lifted.
All guests scheduled to arrive on Today, Saturday and Sunday of this week should not travel to the Outer Banks unless and until they hear directly from Outer Banks Blue that roads are safe to travel on, and that their property is indeed undamaged and able to accommodate them. Please let Outer Banks Blue be your source of information regarding the rental of your property.
Many of our employees have evacuated the area which limits our ability to provide the services that our owners and guests have come to expect so we continue to ask for your patience as things return to normal over the next few days.
Once the mandatory evacuation order we will begin the process of preparing properties for any arriving guests.
Our office is going to be closed until the evacuation order is lifted.
We will provide another update when the evacuation order is lifted or on Saturday morning by 9:00 AM