Hurricane Florence Upate #6 (Final Update)
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 only as needed.
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
Hurricane Warning,, Storm Surge Warning, State of Emergency, Mandatory Evacuation, Flash Flood Watch in Place for the Outer Banks.
On Thursday morning Hurricane Florence was still some 200 miles from the southeast coast of North Carolina, but effects of the storm were being felt all along the Outer Banks.
Rain bands are beginning to affect the northern beaches of the Outer Banks, waves and tides are running higher than normal at this time. Wind is strong and steady and making uncomfortable conditions. Steady and heavy rain is predicted to affect our area through Friday as will windy conditions.
A Hurricane Warning, Storm Surge Warning, A State of Emergency, and a Mandatory Evacuation continue to be in place as of this morning. A Flash Flood watch is also now in place.
As of 8:30 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 one of the local emergency control groups.
Our focus now turns to the guests that are scheduled to arrive on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of this week. If the projected path of the storm is accurate it would appear that the impacts on our area may be less than originally expected and we may be able to get back to normal business by the first of next week.
We expect the mandatory evacuation to remain in effect for the next few days. Arriving guests should not plan on coming to the Outer Banks until you hear from Outer Banks Blue directly advising that the evacuation order has been lifted, and that your specific property is ready for your arrival.
Arriving guests should keep in mind that gas supplies are extremely limited, basic needs provided through local stores are unavailable at this time (Bread, water, ice, milk, eggs, etc.), and conditions are not conducive to a relaxing vacation at this time. In addition all of our properties have been prepped for the storm so pools are turned off, outdoor furniture is stacked inside houses, items are tied down, and many of our houses are boarded. Please give us the opportunity to prepare for your arrival before coming to the beach!
Your patience is appreciated as we work though this process. 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.
Our office is planning on being open at least part of the day on Thursday.
We will provide another update on Friday morning by 9:00 AM (Weather Permitting)
The Mandatory Evacuation order continues to be in effect for the Entire Outer Banks and now a Hurricane Warning is in effect for areas south of Duck. A Tropical Storm warning is in effect for areas north of Duck to the Virginia state line. This means the winds and effects of that level of a storm are likely to be in place within 48 hours.
The National Weather service indicates storm effects are expected to arrive on Thursday and may continue through Saturday night.
Access to the Outer Banks will be restricted beginning at 7:00 PM on Wednesday.
The majority of guests and residents have evacuated the area and most businesses have closed and will remain closed until the storm passes. Garbage collection, and most public services have been suspended until the storm passes.
Guests that were evacuated from the storm that purchased travel insurance are encouraged to contact Red Sky Travel Insurance visit their websites at www.trippreserver.com
Guest that are due to arrive this weeks should continue to monitor travel conditions here, but not plan on arriving on time if you have a check in scheduled for Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Due to the travel restrictions that will be put in place today you will not be admitted onto the Outer Banks.
Even though the storm's predicted path made a major change overnight and it now appears that the impact of the storm will be felt even further south of the Outer Banks than originally projected, and impacts to our area may be less than anticipated. There is also the possibility of another shift in the storm as it is still some 500 miles from the coast. A slight change in course could still have direct impact on our area.
Outer Banks Blue will be open today for business as usual, but we are operating with a skeleton staff as many of our employees have chosen to evacuate the area. We may be forced to be closed beginning tomorrow morning.
We will provide another update at 10:00 AM on Thursday morning.
As of 7:00 AM today a state of emergency and a mandatory evacuation are in effect for the entire Outer Banks. The Currituck County and Dare County Control groups have issued a directive to all visitors and residents to evacuate the Outer Banks effective 7:00 AM today in advance of the approach and landfall of Hurricane Florence. Hatteras Island visitors were requested to leave beginning at noon yesterday.
All guests in residence were contacted yesterday and advised of the requirement to leave and not plan on returning. All guests that still remain in properties will be followed up with this morning. Guests that are expected to arrive this weekend are advised not to come until they hear from us directly about travel conditions and any property damage. For the most part guests have been very cooperative, and there has been a steady line of traffic leaving the Outer Banks.
Florence continues to be a very powerful hurricane and is expected to be the strongest hurricane to ever hit the coast of North Carolina. While the majority of forecast tracks predict the storm will make landfall on the southern coast of North Carolina, the storm is still more than 1000 miles away and even a slight change of direction over the next two days could bring the storm over our area.
Even on the projected path the storm is expected to bring torrential rain, heavy wind, and tidal flooding. Effects from the storm may be seen through Monday of next week for our area.
Restrictions on entry to the Outer Banks are to be enforced beginning Wednesday.
We expect to operate the company on a regular schedule today (Tuesday), but may be required to close tomorrow by local authorities.
Another update will be posted at approximately 10:00 AM on Wednesday morning.
Currituck County has issued a mandatory evacuation of all guests in the Currituck Outer Banks areas of Corolla and Carova to begin at 7 AM on Tuesday, September 11.
Hurricane Florence is tracking towards the east coast.
The Dare Country Control group has met this morning and determined a mandatory evacuation for all residents and visitors on the Outer Banks. Hatteras Island has an evacuation order as of 12 noon today. All other areas of Dare Country are under an evacuation order as of 7 AM, on Tuesday, September 11.
This evacuation order includes all visitors in the towns of Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores and Duck. Visitors in Currituck County (including Corolla) should plan on an evacuation order to be posted in the near future. All visitors should pack your belongings and not plan on returning for the remainder of your scheduled stay.
Visitors arriving next weekend should continue to look here for updates and ensure we have a good cell phone number for you so we can send text updates on re-entry to the Outer Banks when conditions allow after the storm passes.
We will continue to monitor the situation and send updates as needed.