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