Outer Banks Storm Damage 2011

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As you may already know, Outer Banks took a very direct hit from Hurricane Irene. Irene caused Major flooding and plenty of wind damage in many areas of the Outer Banks.  Although roads have been opened up to Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores, Kill Devil Hills, and Nags Head visitors, you may want to check with your Rental agency to make sure the house you rented had no storm damage. As of this morning, road leading to Duck, Corolla, and Corova is still closed to visitors, and NC 12 south of Nags Head is closed indefinitely (road to Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Hatteras, Ocracoke…) . Useful link: Outer Banks Road Information - for NC travel conditions.

 

Kill Devil Hills Storm Damage from Hurricane Irene

 

Rodanthe Storm Damage from Hurricane Irene

 Best YouTube Video of Hurricane Irene Aftermath !

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Outer Banks Hurricane Evacuation

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Update: Dare County Mandatory Evacuation for all visitors was ordered by Dare County Control Group, effective 8 AM August 25, 2011. Dare County includes Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Rodanthe, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, Manns Harbor, Hatteras, Manteo, Waves, Wanchese. Dare County Evacuation Information. Currituck County advises tourists to leave. Currituck County Hurricane Center has not posted any information about mandatory evacuation orders. Popular Currituck County travel destinations include Carova and Corolla.

Outer Banks Hurricane Evacuation information as of Wednesday morning, August 24, 2011.

Hurricane Irene is gaining strength and is now a category 2 Hurricane with wind forces of around 110 mph. The hurricane is heading towards the Outer Banks of North Carolina and is likely to turn into a category 3 hurricane before making a landfall on Saturday. Having been through many storms on the Outer Banks, we watch every storm carefully and prepare for them. But we also know that the projected path may change and chances are that the hurricane will go out to the Ocean, without making a landfall on the Outer Banks or will make a landfall further up North.

As of Wednesday morning, Hurricane Irene is still 900 miles South of Cape Hatteras. If Hurricane Irene does make a landfall around Hatteras, Highway 12 is expected to overwash, cutting off the only road leading to Hatteras and Ocracoke Island. Hyde County has already issued a mandatory evacuation of Ocracoke Island visitors, starting Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 5:00 AM. After the mandatory evacuation is issued, you have 8-12 hours to leave. Since ferry is the only way to leave the  Ocracoke Island, it’s better to plan ahead and avoid leaving at the last minute.  A ferry can carry no more than 50 vehicles at one time.

Dare County Officials are expected to meet today to evaluate whether Hatteras Island evacuation is necessary. Northern Beaches of the Outer Banks, including Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores, Duck, and Corolla are next in line.

You may want to check Dare County YouTube Channel for Dare County Hurricane Evacuation Updates. Next update is scheduled for August 24th, 10:30AM. Also, listen to local radio stations: 104.1, 92.5, 105.7, 102.5 for Outer Banks Hurricane Evacuation Updates.

If you are vacationing on the Outer Banks this week, please do not go swimming in the Ocean. We get strong Dangerous rip currents several days before a storm makes a landfall. Red Flags on the beach mean “high surf and strong currents.”

Hurricane Irene Projected Path from the Weather Channel

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Outer Banks Paradise Fun Park

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Paradise Fun Park Outer Banks NC Outer Banks Paradise Fun Park is a fun place to visit while on your Outer Banks vacation. It boasts two brand new pirate-themed miniature golf courses (18 holes), Fast Electric Go-Karts, Spin-Zone Bumper Cars, plus fun Arcade, Snack Bar, and Ice-Cream. Outer Banks Paradise Fun Park is located at Milepost 5.5 on the Bypass in Kill Devil Hills (on the main highway), right between Dunkin Donuts and Henry’s Restaurant. In 2011, the owners of the Family fun park added bumper cars and go-karts right next to the existing golf course, and in 2012, the mini-golf course was completely re-built and a giant pirate ship was added to the golf course – a hit with kids and a great place to take pictures too! The most recent addition to Outer Banks Paradise Fun park in 2013 is a kids bungee jumping - a popular attraction for children.

Take a look at this boy go karting at Paradise Fun park. How fun!

One thing we would suggest is to save the golf course visit for later in the day, when it’s not so hot, although arriving at the Park before 5pm does have some advantages – the park is less crowded and you can use Paradise Fun Park Coupons and save some $ on your visit. Make sure to add the Outer Banks Paradise Fun Park to your “must do” list – for hours of fun and entertainment for kids and adults alike!

Paradise Fun Park Kill Devi Hills

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Outer Banks Airport

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Outer Banks Airport

Outer Banks Airport

What Airport should I use when flying to the Outer Banks, NC?

If you are flying on a commercial airplane (vs. private airplane), the closest Airport to fly in is Norfolk International Airport (ORF) in Norfolk, VA or Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport (PHF). Estimated travel time from Norfolk International Airport to Kitty Hawk, NC is 1 hr 45 mins (around 80 miles), according to Mapquest; from Newport News-Williamsburg Airport to Kitty Hawk, NC travel time is 2 hrs 12 mins (106 miles). The best way to get from the Airports to the Outer Banks is by renting a car (car rentals are offered at the airports), taxi (pricey option), or, for big groups, I can suggest The Connection Transportation Services that offer to pick you up and drop you off on a shuttle bus. If you can find a great deal on airfare tickets, it may be worth flying into Raleigh, NC (3.5 t 4 hr drive) or Richmond, VA (3-3.5 hr drive) and renting a car at the Airport.

For private planes, First Flight Airport in Kill Devil Hills and Dare County Airport in Manteo, NC are the best options.

If you are looking to hire a private jet for the trip, Stratos Jet Charter Services offers Private Jet Charter Flights and Aircraft Rental.

Airport Locations on Google Map:

Please feel free to comment and ask any questions you may have about your Outer Banks visit.

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