Hurricane blog: Dealing with Dorian’s punch

By on September 5, 2019


Ocracoke Public Support Information

Ocracoke resource information is available at the fire department. See pic below for locations of current resources.


11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, while supplies last.

Lowe’s of Kill Devil Hills, NC, will host a bucket brigade event
Lowe’s of Kill Devil Hills, NC, 1500 North Croatan Highway, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Lowe’s will hand out 1,500 Lowe’s buckets full of vendor-donated products such as: Rubber gloves, Trash bags, Flashlights, Scrub brushes, Sponges, Dish soap, Utility knife, Dust masks, Bug spray, Household cleaner and more. Lowe’s to donate buckets of cleanup supplies to OBX residents after Hurricane Dorian – buckets and supplies are FREE

Fast facts about Lowe’s prep and response to Hurricane Dorian:

  • Lowe’s announced a $1 million commitment to support disaster relief efforts for communities impacted along the U.S. coast and the Bahamas. The public can join us by donating to the American Red Cross on
  • Lowe’s stores are assisting local communities with recovery advice, product donations and volunteer support, and the company is working closely with the American Red Cross, the Bahamas Red Cross and additional disaster relief partners to help those affected.
  • Lowe’s has shipped more than 6,000 truckloads of emergency supplies to help customers prepare for and clean up from Dorian.

Monday, Sept. 9 at 5 p.m.

 Southern Shores advises residents on storm debris

The Town will announce a storm generated debris pickup schedule and protocols as soon as possible. Until then, residents are urged to place debris in separate piles that consist of either vegetative debris, construction and demolition debris, or white goods (appliances). Please do not place any debris on the actual street pavement. By segregating the types of debris residents will have their piles picked up on schedule without further delay.

This pickup is for storm generated debris only. The annual bulk /large item pickup is a separate pickup and will occur in October. Please save the household bulk items for that fall pickup.

Report and repair storm damage to your property

The Town of Southern Shores is requesting property owners to report damage to your property to the Planning and Code Enforcement Department 252-261-2394 ext 3.

Here are things to consider prior to making necessary repairs.

  • Residential work that does not exceed $15,000 in total cost and does not involve work of a structural nature does not require a permit. (such as: shingles, siding, deck boards, railings)
  • Replacement of roof sheathing, joist, rafters, girders, load bearing members require a building permit regardless of the cost.
  • All electrical work requires a permit.
  • Even though you may have repairs that do not require a building permit, structures in flood zones that have been flooded need to be evaluated for FEMA regulations. Depending on the level of damage, you may have to meet substantial damage requirements that are part of the National Flood Program and proceeding without this evaluation could be a costly mistake for you.
  • Before proceeding with any repair work (especially on a flooded structure) please contact our Planning and Code Enforcement Department at 252-261-2394 ext 3 for further information or to arrange for an inspection.

Dominion gives $250,000 for Dorian relief, recovery


The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation is donating $250,000 to the American Red Cross to aid in relief and recovery efforts for regions in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia that were impacted by Hurricane Dorian. The funds will support purchase of relief supplies and food, as well as shelter for those in need.
“The customers and communities we serve are resilient, but this was a powerful and deadly storm,” said Dominion Energy Chairman, President and CEO Thomas F. Farrell, II. “Dominion Energy has a long-standing and successful partnership with the Red Cross. For those who have lost homes, possessions and must deal with the aftermath of this storm, we hope that our contribution will provide some measure of relief.”
In addition to the foundation grant, Dominion Energy also has a program that matches personal donations, dollar-for-dollar, from eligible employees and retirees who give a minimum of $50 to a qualified non-profit. Donations to the Red Cross, as well as other qualified relief organizations assisting in storm recovery, would be covered under the matching program. Dominion Energy encourages employees and retirees to take advantage of the program.

1:30 pm Sept. 9.

Hyde County Public Information

American Red Cross will serve meals Monday, September 9, 2019 at the Scranton Post Office at 1:30 pm.


Sept. 9 | Sunday night

Update from Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative Crews on continued restoration progress
We are down to 26 confirmed outages, 24 of which are associated with a damaged underground line in a subdivision. Thank you for your continued patience.

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4pm Sept 8.

Tony Brittan’s look at the day after

We got lucky with Dorian on the northern beaches of The Outer Banks, and had minimal damage and little flooding. 2 of our wood piers lost some of the end of them though! Not so south of us, so if you can donate locally for the folks in Hatteras and Ocracoke over the next week…time, money, food, whatever…please do! Here are some images I took the day after the Hurricane and the curfew was lifted.


Afternoon | Sept. 8.

Park Rangers on Ocracoke have been busy helping deliver food and supplies to residents.
Aiding the humanitarian efforts and supporting the community is our number 1 priority. Park Rangers and a truck full of supplies for delivery to Ocracoke Residents.

Monday, Sept. 9.

Dare County Department of Health & Human Services announces Tetanus Vaccine Clinics on Hatteras Island tomorrow
10 a.m. to noon at Hatteras Village Fire Department.
1 to 4 p.m. at Health & Human Services Frisco Campus
A tetanus Vaccination is recommended for those who are involved in Hurricane Dorian recovery efforts or have been exposed to flood waters.

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Mike Leech, owner of Mike Leech Photography shared photos of the damage he saw around Nags Head and Kill Devil Hills.

“I captured these images though my lens, but what my lens fails to capture is the emotion and sadness Hurricane Dorian caused in this community. Dorian hit us hard Friday. Avalon and Nags Head Pier half gone, Ocracoke underwater, Hatteras underwater, and Manteo with a few feet. One thing is for sure… this community will come together, clean up, and become stronger than we were before. ” Visit him at


10:30 a.m. | Sept. 9.

Mobile Food Litchen Location Change

Effective Immediately, the Hatteras Village Fire Department location has moved to the Frisco Fire Department! The Salvation Army’s Mobile food kitchen in Hatteras Village has moved to Frisco.


9:25 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 8.

Hyde County schools closed Monday
The Superintendent of Hyde County Schools has announced that schools will be closed on Monday, Sept. 9.

morning | September 7

From Nags Head Facebook: Cleaning up brush and limbs today?
Set them in a pile by the side of the road and in front of your #NH property and we’ll pick them up in 3-5 days. Please do not mix any other household trash in with your brush pile. Thank you.

evening | Sept. 7

From Hyde County Sheriff’s Office We would like to ask for a special prayer request for our deputies that were directly effected by the hurricane. 

3 of our 4 deputies stationed on Ocracoke live on the island and were directly affected by the hurricane. Their homes were damaged due to flood waters and will take a while to gut and repair. On top of worrying about getting their own places straight they have been out on the streets putting the community 1st and assisting in the relief efforts. This video was taken by Hyde County’s, Cpl Warner in the downstairs of his home just MINUTES after the water started coming in. The water would go on to get high enough to float his boat(seen in the background) off the lift. (view in full screen mode to see the entire video)

Our affected officers were:
Cpt Daniels
Cpl Warner
Deputy King

7 pm Saturday, Sept 7 |  Sunday, Sept 8 at 8 am, 12 pm and 5 pm.

Ocracoke: Hot meals will be distributed by the Salvation Army at the Community Center

999 Irvin Garrish Hwy, Hot meals at 7:00pm tonight. Tomorrow they will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner at 8:00am, 12:00pm and 5:00pm.


3 p.m., Sat. Sept 7.

Outer Banks Food Truck Showdown Cancelled

The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau has cancelled the Food Truck Showdown event that was previously scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 8 at The Soundside event site in Nags Head. “The lifting of the mandatory evacuation does not allow adequate time to install the tenting and provide necessary infrastructure for a safe event,” states Lee Nettles, the Executive Director of the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, “Our thoughts are with the community as everyone works to recover from Dorian.” Organizers will announce plans for the next Showdown shortly.


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evening | September 6.

Visual storyteller and photographer Daniel Pullen documents Dorian’s impact on Buxton.

Follow Daniel on Instagram, Facebook or log onto his website.


(Hyde County Sheriff’s Office)

11p.m. | September 6.

Hyde County plans to deliver food and water to Ocracoke

Hyde County officials say that pending the successful test run of the ferry this morning, we have additional personnel and trucks carrying a generator for the water tower, water, and MREs staged in Swan Quarter to deliver to Ocracoke. There will be enough food and water to last 3 days for 1100 people.


morning | Saturday, Sept. 7.

Go Fund Me page started for Avalon Pier
Message from Avalon Pier Facebook:

A lot of people are asking if we have a GoFundMe page. As a matter of fact, we do…now. And now we understand why no one wants to insure a wooden structure that jets out into the Atlantic Ocean. And a concrete pier would not be financially feasible… even with multiple GoFundMe pages. Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers! We’ll get things right again.

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mid-afternoon | Friday, Sept. 6.

United States Coast Guard helps get residents off battered Ocracoke Island
Hyde County Sheriff’s Office

1st crew from the mainland landed on Ocracoke Island. Please continue to send prayers to the people of Ocracoke as they have a long road ahead. Huge thank you to the United States Coast Guard for helping get our crews to the island and residents of Ocracoke off.


mid-afternoon | Friday, Sept. 6.

‘The devastating flooding…surpasses anything in recent memory’

This is a statement released by the Superintendent of Hyde County Schools late this afternoon.

After extremely preliminary assessments of our two campuses, Ocracoke School and community have received the most severe damages from the storm. The blessing is that we currently know of no loss of life, so we are just looking at repairing school buildings. Beyond that, the devastating flooding in the Ocracoke Island community surpasses anything in recent memory in amount and speed.

Our Maintenance Director has completed a walkthrough of the mainland Mattamuskeet campus. It initially appears we have two significantly damaged roofs, broken windows, damage to the baseball facility, and some walkway covers destroyed.

I have been in constant contact with the Principal at Ocracoke School throughout the storm. During the flooding, we had water in every building on campus including the gym. The surrounding grounds are littered with debris. On top of that, almost all of our staff members and students are dealing with significant flooding issues in their homes and businesses.

I will be traveling to Ocracoke Island tomorrow (Saturday) with a team to do a more detailed assessment and formalize our clean-up plans

We ask that everyone please keep our students and staff in thoughts and prayers. Thank you to all those who have reached out to us offering your support. We are working to do what we can to get the lives of the members of our community back to normal as quickly as possible.

Stephen G. Basnight, III

Superintendent, Hyde County Schools


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3 p.m. – Friday Sept. 6

Scenes from the storm
What our intrepid spotters found as they ventured out on the Northern Outer Banks this afternoon.
A downed tree in the South Ridge neighborhood of Nags Head; a downed tree blocking Burnside Road on the west side of Roanoke Island; the roof ripped off the Mariner Motel in Kill Devil Hills by the power of the storm; a surf-battered Nags Head Pier; and trees downed by the wind on Eden St. in Kill Devil Hills.

2:13 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6.

Nags Head says wind and rain subsiding, but driving is dangerous

The Town of Nags Head reports that as of now, winds are subsiding and rainfall has, for the most part, stopped. However, U.S 64/S. Virginia Dare Tr. (Nags Head to Manteo Causeway) remains closed. Also, there is a lot of debris on the streets, as well as ponding in several areas. Drive slowly please.



(photo credit David Powers)

2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6.

What’s left of Avalon Pier.
This photo showing the serious Dorian damage to Avalon Pier was posed by Ben Sproul of Kill Devil Hills.

noonish, Friday, Sept. 6.

‘The worst flooding I have ever witnessed’
This Facebook post comes from Ocracoke restaurateur Jason Wells

NCDOT NC12 Ocracoke North


10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 6.

NCDOT update on NC12 shows closures and hazards

On Ocracoke Island, the entire island is experiencing severe sound side flooding. For that reason, NC12 is closed on Ocracoke Island from the village northward. Crews will be out to determine the severity of any damage as soon as it is safe to do so.

On Hatteras Island, serious soundside flooding is also occurring. There are many areas of road covered with sand and water. While there are no reports of structural damage at this hour, residents are strongly advised to remain off the roads until crews are able to assess conditions. Travel on both Ocracoke and Hatteras is extremely dangerous at this point.

There is high standing water near the Sanderling Resort in Duck that is only passable in high profile vehicles, and on the beach road in Kitty Hawk there is some minor ocean overwash and deep standing water from rain.

A curfew from Dare County Emergency Management remains in effect until noon. As always, never drive into any flooded areas.

10 a.m., Friday Sept. 6.

Hyde Sheriff sending resources to assist on Ocracoke.
Reports are coming in of catastrophic flooding on Ocracoke Island. Hyde County Sheriff Guire Cahoon along with Emergency Management has decided to send 3 mainland deputies, 2 medics, NC Wildlife, and Marine Patrol assets to Ocracoke Island to assist.


9:23 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6.

Ocracoke flooding
The National Weather Service is telling those in the Ocracoke, Hatteras area to seek higher immediately.

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Early morning, Friday, Sept. 6.

Flooded roads on Ocracoke, Hatteras
NCDOT has these shots of NC 12 flooding on Hatteras and Ocracoke

Sept. 6, 2019 at 7:30 am.

Nags Head Mayor to host Facebook Live discussion

Nags Head’s mayor, Ben Cahoon, will go live on Facebook to discuss Hurricane Dorian on Fri., Sept. 6, 2019 at 7:30 am. This is a great opportunity to get the latest information and ask the mayor questions.

Thursday, Sept. 5.

Dominion says it’s repositioned crews to deal with outages

Dominion Energy customers in northeast North Carolina and Virginia could experience outages that last for multiple days because of Hurricane Dorian. Crews and resources are already activating in advance of the storm to ensure a safe, speedy response.

This powerful, slow-moving hurricane is expected to move through the Carolinas and parts of Virginia, bringing dangerous conditions and widespread outages, including high winds and flooding. Dominion Energy is coordinating preparation for and response to Hurricane Dorian across multiple states as the storm moves along the East Coast. Customers should be prepared for significant impacts, beginning in South Carolina and spreading into North Carolina and Virginia.

In advance of the storm, the company has relocated crews and has staged materials to be ready to assess damage and restore power as soon as weather conditions are safe. Crews and support staff have been relocated from our Northwest Region to areas where we expect the greatest impact from the storm.

In North Carolina and Virginia, more than 7,000 Dominion Energy employees and contract crew members are ready to support the restoration effort.

5 p.m. on Sept. 5..

National Hurricane Center update

The 5 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center says that Dorian appears to have started the expected slow weakening trend and is continuing its expected northeastward turn, with the eye passing near of over portions of the North Carolina coast during the next 12-24 hours.

Storm surge from the Little River Inlet to Duck NC, including the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds and the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers, could reach 4 to 7 ft. For the coastal Carolinas, the storm is still projected to produce 6 to 12 inches of rainfall with isolated totals up to 15 inches.

To repeat, a curfew has been imposed in almost all of Dare County and there will be no access to the county after 8 p.m. tonight. Dare County Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson has urged all residents to evacuate before travel become unsafe.

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Mid-afternoon, Thurs. Sept. 5.

Wishing away the storm

Several establishments made their feelings known about the approach of Dorian on Thursday afternoon. At Island Pharmacy in Manteo, someone with an artistic flair decorated the boarded windows.

(Photo credit: Catherine Kozak)

Afternoon, Thursday Sept. 5.

A tale of two businesses

Sandbags guard the entrance to one Nags Head business while this restaurant was one of the few places where one could still buy a meal on Thursday afternoon.

(Photo credit: Gunner)

Noonish- Thursday Sept. 5.

Mid-day at Avalon Pier
This young lady at Avalon Pier around noon on Thursday Sept. 5 was enjoying herself in the hours before the storm.


(Photo credit: Catherine Kozak)

Sept. 5, 1:30 p.m.’

‘neath a darkening sky
A couple plays with their dog on a Nags Head beach in the early afternoon on Thursday, Sept. 5 while the wind unfurls the “no swimming” sign

Thursday, Sept. 5, 11 a.m.

New evacuation orders issued

The Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Management Agency has posted a mandatory evacuation notice for Effective immediately the following areas:
Pasquotank County – areas south of the Elizabeth City Regional Airport
Camden County – Shiloh area and south.
Elizabeth City – Oxford Heights community
A Mandatory Evacuation Order means due to weather conditions there may be a point that emergency services may not be able to response.
Pasquotank, Camden and Elizabeth City Government Offices will be closed Friday, Sept. 6.



Thursday, September 5, around 9 a.m.

Tornado strikes Emerald Isle

US National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City NC  shared photos of the tornado that went through Emerald Isle, NC today around 9 AM. The picture of the tornado (as a waterspout) near Bogue Inlet Pier. (Photo by Surf Line)


Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 4.

Prayers for safety

Members of the Outer Banks church of Christ (Halls Harbor Road, Harbinger) gathered Wednesday in KDH to pray oceanside that minimum disruption would occur from Hurricane Dorian. Church member Eddie Woodhouse said plans to assist storm affected OBX citizens were already in place.


Sept 4, mid afternoon

A rush to save books in Manteo

Community spirit is alive and well in Manteo! 16 volunteers helped Downtown Books stack their stock off the ground in preparation for Hurricane Dorian. This is an awesome town! (Town of Manteo)

MORE Dramatic video out of Ocracoke, NC. Storm surge is ONE of many threats from ANY tropical cyclone. Other hazards include flooding, wind, tornadoes and rip currents! Don’t focus on the category! Our hearts go out to ALL impacted by #Dorian. #nws

— NWS Newport/Morehead (@NWSMoreheadCity) September 6, 2019

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