Wind has arrived (5:00 AM 9/3/16)
Tropical Storm Hermine’s full effects are being felt along the Outer Banks early this morning with heavy winds, lots of rain, and road flooding being experienced at this time.
(Rt. 158 in Kitty Hawk flooded early this morning)
At 5:00 AM the center of circulation of Tropical Storm Hermine was located approximately 55 miles North of Cape Lookout, North Carolina and headed towards the East-Northeast at 21 Miles Per hour. At this time sustained winds in the storm are topping at 60 MPH, with gusts higher in isolated areas. The latest track of the storm will have the center of circulation pass over the Outer Banks mid-day today. Weather conditions are expected to continue to be very poor through the end of Saturday with constant rain, heavy winds, and flooded roads being the norm for today.
Conditions on the Outer Banks have worsened overnight with rainfall amounts totaling more than 6 inches over the last 12 hours. Many roads in the area are flooded early this morning including parts of Highway 12 in Southern Shores and Duck, as well as US 158 in Kitty Hawk. Several vehicle accidents have been reported already this morning. Police are on the scene of flooded roadways and directing traffic around the most heavily flooded areas. Wind has increased significantly overnight with a current wind from the East Southeast in excess of 30 MPH. This has caused many trash cans to be overturned, and loose debris from houses being blown around.
Check out our webcam that is mounted on the back of our property “Shades of Blue” in Kill Devil Hills to get a view of current beach conditions
If you are a guest travelling to the Outer Banks for check in today extreme caution and patience is encouraged on your journey. Expect longer than normal travel times and some significant delays due to weather conditions affecting travel. Many arriving guests are deciding to delay their arrival until Sunday morning which is advisable due to the fact weather conditions will be very poor all day on Saturday on the Outer Banks.
If you are a guest staying with Outer Banks Blue we request that you secure all deck furniture and loose items around the house. Please advise the office if you decide to depart early.
There is no mandatory evacuation order in place for Dare or Currituck counties nor is any expected to be issued.
Outer Banks Blue is open for business as usual today and will pass along weather updates as they are available.