Large item pick-up on Hatteras Island has been postponed until October 27 and October 28. Click here for more information.
All activities and events scheduled at the Fessenden Center in Buxton on Tuesday, October 6 have been cancelled.
- Hurricane Joaquin Update – 11:30 a.m., October 2
Hurricane Joaquin Update – 11:30 a.m., October 2
The Dare County Control Group met this morning to review the latest information from the National Weather Service. Confidence has increased significantly with the forecast track of Hurricane Joaquin and it is very likely that the storm will move northeast, well away from the North Carolina coast. NO evacuation orders for Dare County are anticipated.
Regardless of Hurricane Joaquin moving well off the coast, a flood watch, coastal flood advisory AND high surf advisory are in effect. Heavy rain associated with an upper low and frontal system will bring an additional 2 to 3 inches of rain through the weekend. Given the already saturated ground, flooding is expected in some low lying areas and roadways. Motorists are advised to proceed with caution.
Anticipated wind impacts have lessened and while no tropical force winds are expected, the area will experience sustained winds of 25 to 30 mph Sunday evening into Monday. Minor coastal flooding with high surf and ocean swells will occur. The threat of ocean overwash has diminished but cannot be ruled out in areas that are highly vulnerable. There is the possibility of some soundside flooding.
A high threat of rip currents remains in effect and ocean swimming conditions are hazardous. Please stay out of the ocean.
It is important for residents and visitors to stay informed and monitor local weather forecasts. For the most up to date information regarding road conditions along NC 12, visit the NCDOT NC 12 Facebook Page at facebook.com/NCDOT. For other road conditions, call 1.877.DOT.4YOU or 1.877.638.4968, or dial 511.
Dare County will continue to monitor the storm and provide additional updates if needed.
- Hurricane Joaquin Update – 12:00 p.m., October 1
Hurricane Joaquin Update – 12:00 p.m., October 1
Dare County officials are closely monitoring the track of Hurricane Joaquin. The Dare County Control Group met this morning to review the latest information from the National Weather Service. With current forecast uncertainty, the Control Group will meet again on Friday morning, October 2 when the storm’s track and impacts for the Outer Banks are more accurately known.
A flood watch is in effect for Dare County through Saturday evening with 4 to 7 inches of rainfall expected. Based on the current forecast, tropical storm force winds may reach the area late Saturday evening bringing high winds, rough seas, and dangerous rip currents. Soundside flooding is also a possibility as the storm passes through the region.
It is important for residents and visitors to stay informed and begin taking necessary steps to protect property such as securing loose outdoor objects and boats. Assemble or restock your disaster supply kit with essential supplies to sustain your family and pets for up to three days. Preparedness information is available at www.ncready.org.
Dare County will continue to monitor conditions and provide periodic updates about Hurricane Joaquin. The next scheduled update will be Friday, October 2 at 11:30 a.m.
To receive e-mail alerts directly from Dare County Emergency Management, visit www.darecountyem.com and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.
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