State of emergency in Dare County
Mandatory evacuation ordered for Hatteras Island

By on August 1, 2020

Dare County has declared a state of emergency and a mandatory evacuation went into effect for visitors at noon today as Hurricane Isaias heads for the coast of the Southeastern U.S.

Residents and property owners on Hatteras Island are under an evacuation order starting at 6 a.m. Sunday. Although Isaias will probably be a tropical storm with sustained winds a little below hurricane force of 75 mph in the next few days, surge, blowing sand, rain and overwash can easily inundate N.C. 12, the only route on and off the island.

County officials will meet again Sunday morning to decide if emergency measures will be necessary north of Oregon Inlet.

The storm was approaching South Florida late this morning. (NOAA satellite image)

Here’s the latest from the Hurricane Center:

At 11 a.m. EDT, the center of Hurricane Isaias was
located by an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft and
Bahamas radar near latitude 24.7 North, longitude 77.9 West. Isaias
is moving toward the northwest near 12 mph (19 km/h). A general
northwestward motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected
for the next day or so, followed by a north-northwestward motion by
late Sunday. On the forecast track, the center of Isaias will move
over northern Andros Island during the next few hours and move
near or over Grand Bahama Island in the Northwestern Bahamas later
today. Isaias is forecast to move near the east coast of the
Florida peninsula tonight through Sunday.

Reports from the reconnaissance aircraft indicate that maximum
sustained winds have decreased slightly to near 80 mph (130 km/h)
with higher gusts. Little change in strength is expected through
Sunday, and Isaias is forecast to remain a hurricane during this
time. Slow weakening is expected to begin by late Monday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the
center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles
(185 km). Reports from a U.S. Navy site on Andros Island indicate
that sustained winds of 45 mph (76 km/h) and a gust to 69 mph (111
km/h) occurred about 3 hours ago. More recently, a sustained wind of
35 mph (56 km/h) and a gust to 48 mph (77 km/h) were measured at
Nassau, Bahamas.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 987 mb (29.15 inches).

The Hurricane Center’s 11 a.m. update projects that the storm will weaken below hurricane strength of 75 mph and cross the coastline south of the Outer Banks. That would put the center moving west of the area but could leave the strongest winds on the storm’s eastern side over northeastern North Carolina.

A mandatory evacuation of Ocracoke Island is also under way.

Here’s the full statement f4om Dare County:

Local officials met via video conference Saturday morning to receive a briefing from the National Weather Service and to coordinate actions necessary to ensure public safety across Dare County. With confidence increasing that Dare County will see significant impacts from Hurricane Isaias, a state of emergency has been issued for Dare County.

As part of the emergency declaration, a mandatory evacuation has been ordered for Hatteras Island visitors beginning Saturday, August 1 at 12:00 p.m. The evacuation order is for Evacuation Zone A which covers all areas of Hatteras Island, including the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village.

Now is the time for all Hatteras Island visitors to make final preparations, secure property and evacuate with all personal belongings and follow instructions from their property management company.

A mandatory evacuation order for Hatteras Island residents and property owners becomes effective on Sunday, August 2 at 6:00 a.m.

Decision makers will meet again on Sunday morning, August 2 to receive an updated briefing from the National Weather Service and determine whether protective measures are necessary for Evacuation Zone B which covers areas north of Oregon Inlet, including the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo, and all unincorporated areas including Roanoke Island and the Dare mainland. More information on evacuations zones can be found at https://knowyourzone.nc.gov/

Due to the forecast for life-threatening rip currents along the county’s southern beaches, the state of emergency includes restrictions on ocean swimming for Hatteras Island. Everyone on Hatteras Island must stay out of the water as it is unsafe for even the most experienced swimmers.

Those evacuating to areas north of Dare County are encouraged to travel westbound on Highway 64 to Interstate 95. Evacuating through the rural areas to the west of Dare County will help avoid traffic backups and congestion that may prolong evacuation by traveling northbound through the Hampton Roads portion of Virginia.

For preparedness tips and information, visit www.readync.org.

Please note that Dare County’s new online reentry permitting system is now in effect and only reentry permits for the current calendar year are valid. Residents may still use a valid driver’s license with a Dare County address for reentry. A current tax bill or parcel data sheet with matching current government issued ID will also suffice. To review guidelines or apply for a permit, visit www.darenc.com/reentry.

Subscribe to receive emergency alerts via text, email or phone directly from Dare County Emergency Management at www.DareNC.com/alerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

Monitor updated local weather forecasts from the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/mhx.

The next update will be issued no later than Sunday, August 2 at 12:00 p.m.



Comments

  • Van

    Residents and Property Owners?? How can they do that?

    Saturday, Aug 1 @ 1:46 pm
  • Lou Briccant

    Lol, what a joke… evacuate for some heavy rain and wind… what’s next? Oh a thunderstorm is coming, leave now!

    Saturday, Aug 1 @ 2:43 pm
  • Cyclone 🌀

    The control group or whoever make those poor folks down below the inlet leave anytime there’s even a strong breeze forecasted seems like. But what do I know

    Saturday, Aug 1 @ 7:04 pm
  • Tri-Village

    Never under estimate any storm system near the sound. When Michael occurred a couple of years ago the center of the storm was near Raleigh. It dumped rain the rivers dumped into the sound and from south Rodanthe to Salvo had 3 foot of water come across the road. Many visitors lost their vehicles due to flooding. I am proud of our officials for deciding to error on the side of caution rather than greed.

    Sunday, Aug 2 @ 1:38 pm
  • Van

    I was there for Michael. No time to evacuate the tourists as it came up unexpectedly through FL to NC in a matter of a day. I didn’t state I had a problem evacuating toursits/renters. It’s kicking locals off the island I object to. I hope you’re off the island Tri-Village, like the mandatory evacuation requires. After all , we want YOU safe too. Your off the island, right?

    Monday, Aug 3 @ 12:51 am
  • Tri-Village

    Van, everything I own is here. I haven’t left for a storm in 30 years. I am insured out the a$$ and have a 13,500 watt generator. Very well prepared and I know where to park thanks to hurricane Irene .

    Monday, Aug 3 @ 1:11 pm