Dare County officials are closely monitoring the track of Tropical Storm Arthur. The National Weather Service has issued a Hurricane Watch for Hatteras Island and a Tropical Storm Watch for areas of Dare County north of Oregon Inlet.
With the storm’s uncertain forecast, the Dare County Control Group will meet again today at 5:30 p.m. and assess the storm’s track and possible impact for the Outer Banks and determine any protective measures that may be needed.
Based on the current forecast, the storm is expected to reach the Outer Banks by early Friday morning. However, prior to the storm the area will experience high winds, rough seas, and dangerous rip currents. There is a possibility of water and sand overwash on NC Highway 12 on Hatteras Island and NCDOT is staged to address problems that may arise.
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.readync.org
Visitors should monitor forecasts and follow instructions offered by their property management company and be ready to leave the area with all belongings if the order is given by Emergency Management officials.
TOWN OF DUCK
The Town of Duck is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Arthur. A final decision regarding the Town of Duck 4th of July Parade will occur by 5:00 P.M., Thursday, July 3 and will be posted online and on Town of Duck social media channels. Please note, due to the 4th of July holiday, trash collection will be delayed one day and will be picked up Saturday, July 5, 2014. For updates regarding TS Arthur in Duck, and updates related to 4th of July events and concerts, follow Town of Duck on Facebook and DuckOBX on Twitter.
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
The Outer Banks Group National Parks, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial, has begun the initial implementation of the Park’s Hurricane Plan in anticipation of the approach of Tropical Storm Arthur. The National Weather Service is predicting that the effects of Tropical Storm Arthur will impact the Outer Banks of North Carolina, by Thursday, July 3, 2014 with storm conditions possibly continuing through Saturday, July 5, 2014.
In anticipation of this weather event, the following NPS facilities will begin closing at noon today, Wednesday, July 2, 2014.
- All NPS campgrounds, Ocracoke, Frisco, Cape Point and Oregon Inlet will close at noon today, Wed., July 2 and remain closed until further notice. The Ocracoke campground reservation system has been temporarily suspended.
- Silver Lake Marina NPS docks will close at noon Wednesday, July 2.
- Ocracoke and Hatteras Island NPS Visitor Centers will close at noon on Wed., July 2 and then remain closed until further notice. Bodie Island Visitor Center, Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site will be closed Thursday and Friday, July 3 and 4. Previously scheduled evening programs are cancelled as of Wed., July 2 until further notice.
- Lifeguard beach operations at Ocracoke, Buxton, and Coquina will close at noon on Wed., July 2 until further notice.
- The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will close at noon Wed., July 2 and remain closed until further notice. All park special programs scheduled have been cancelled until further notice.
- The Bodie Island Lighthouse will close at 6:30 pm on Wed., July 2 and the climbing reservation system has been temporarily suspended beginning Thursday, July 3.
- All NPS beaches will be closed to off-road vehicles by 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2 and remain closed until further notice.
- The Buxton and Ocracoke Off-Road Vehicle Permit offices will close at noon on Wed., July 2. The Bodie Island Off-Road Vehicle Permit office will close at 4:30 p.m. on Wed, July 2.
RESCHEDULING OF FIREWORKS CELEBRATIONS
AVON – The Avon Fireworks Committee, Avon Property Owners’ Association, Koru Village, Pyrotecnico, and Dare County have made a joint decision to reschedule the July 4th fireworks show on the Avon Fishing Pier, tentatively to Monday, July 7th at 9:00 p.m.
MANTEO – As a result of the deteriorating weather forecast for Friday, all of the 4th of July events for the Town of Manteo have been rescheduled for Sunday July 6th.
NAGS HEAD – The Town of Nags Head’s Fireworks Spectacular, originally scheduled for Friday, July 4, has been moved to Saturday, July 5 at 9:25 pm. The fireworks will be shot off from Nags Head Pier, as originally planned.
Dare County will continue to monitor conditions and provide periodic updates about Tropical Storm Arthur. The next scheduled update will be Wednesday, July 2 by 3:00 p.m.
To receive email alerts directly from Dare County Emergency Management, visit www.darecountyem.com, and follow @DareCoEM on Twitter.
The Dare County Emergency Operations Center will be operating throughout the storm and may be reached at 252-475-5655 or visit www.darenc.com for updated information.