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Since Saturday, September 15, 2018, members of the Kill Devil Hills Fire Department have been assisting with response and recovery efforts in Newport, NC, following the devastation left behind by Hurricane Florence. Governor Cooper was in Newport for a briefing and met with some of the team.…

Hurricane Florence Outer Banks Photo Gallery

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First Flight Middle School has partnered with HJ MacDonald Middle School in New Bern, after they were hit so hard by Hurricane Florence. They are collecting donations for their students and teachers.

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U.S. Coast Guard aerial view captures the impact of Florence flooding in New Bern

 

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What you should know about hurricane forecasts

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Following a storm that, for Dare County, proved to be a near miss

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Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of North Carolina and ordered Federal aid to supplement State, Tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Florence beginning on September 7, 2018, and continuing.

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Local residents thankful for near miss, but worry about others

As Tommy Overton unscrewed the pieces of pile wood that covered the windows of his Kill Devil Hills frame shop on the west side of of N.C. 12, he acknowledged the relief that many on the northern beaches of Dare County were feeling when they woke up Friday morning.

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Updated message to families from Supt. John Farrelly

Dare County Families,

Dare County officials have announced re-entry guidelines for Hatteras Island as residents are now being allowed access as of 2:30 pm this afternoon. Thus, the Dare County Schools safety team has been able to assess school and road conditions on Hatteras Island. As of this moment, ALL Dare County Schools will re-open on Tuesday, September 18. Should conditions warrant a change in our current plan, you will be notified immediately. 

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State of Emergency Remains in Place

Reentry for Hatteras Island (including villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village)

  • Beginning Saturday, September 15 at 2:30 p.m., access for Priority Levels Two and Three (essential personnel, permanent residents, essential personnel for critical businesses, non-resident property owners and non-resident employees of non-critical businesses) will be allowed entry to Hatteras Island.

  • Priority One essential personnel are already being allowed.  

  • Visitors will be allowed access to Hatteras Island beginning Sunday, September 16 at 3:00 p.m.

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New message to families from Supt. John Farrelly 

As of this morning, Hurricane Florence has claimed at least 7 lives in North Carolina. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims and are extended to all that will face a long recovery during the aftermath of this storm.

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So far, water service and power uninterupted in Dare County

With Hurricane Florence expected to slow down as it makes landfall in southeast North Carolina tonight through early Friday morning, Dare County will continue to feel effects from the storm into Saturday morning, after the storm moves away.  

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NCDOT reports NC-12 is closed in both directions between the Bonner Bridge and Hatteras Village due to ocean over-wash.  Road reopening time is unknown. Updates can be found at http://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/ default.aspx 

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County says have emergency kits ready, be prepared to sustain yourself for 72 hours.

The following watches and warnings are currently in effect for Dare County -  a Storm Surge Warning, Hurricane Warning, High Surf Advisory, Flash Flood Watch, Beach Hazards Advisory, and a Tornado Watch.

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As Florence news improves, residents ponder their options

Outer Banks residents who were taking a wait-and-see approach when it came to evacuating for Hurricane Florence — or who had already decided to ride the storm out — seemed somewhat relieved Wednesday as news about the storm improved.

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Access into Dare County extended

Restricted Access into Dare County Delayed until Thursday Morning, September 13 With the changing forecast, tropical storm force winds are now expected Thursday morning. As a result, there will be no restrictions on access into Dare County until 8:30 a.m. on Thursday September 13. There are no planned bridge closures, but access into the county will be restricted to those with a Priority One Critical Personnel Pass issued by Dare County Emergency Management or a Critical Needs Pass issued by Currituck County Emergency Management after 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

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The track of Hurricane #Florence has shifted a bit south, but hazards to eastern NC remain life threatening. Remember impacts can be hazardous well away from the center of the storm. Learn more at https://www.weather.gov/media/mhx/LatestBriefing.pdf

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Dare County now under Hurricane and Storm Surge Warning

With the most recent update from the National Hurricane Center, a Hurricane Warning and Storm Surge Warning are now in effect for Dare County indicating that tropical storm conditions and life-threatening storm surge are expected within 36 hours.  

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County advises people 'to leave sooner rather than later'

The mandatory evacuation for all residents and visitors in Dare County remains in effect. Now is the time to make final preparations and implement your evacuation plan. Many areas along the East Coast are now under evacuation orders, so it is important to leave sooner rather than later to allow plenty of time to travel safely to your destination. Check the route you will be traveling since many inland areas will be impacted.  

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No entry allowed after 7 p.m. on Sept. 12

Dare County residents were taking Hurricane Florence and the accompanying evacuation orders seriously as the dangerous Category 4 storm headed for North Carolina, expected to come onshore early on the morning of Sept. 14.

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N.C. Emergency Management announces opening of shelter for Dare County residents on Sept. 11

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The mandatory evacuation for visitors and residents remains in place for Hatteras Island. Traffic leaving the island is moving slowly due to heavy traffic and ocean overwash in some areas, but all roads and bridges remain open and there are no plans for closures.  

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Evacuation order comes with large numbers of tourists still here

As Hurricane Florence whirls closer to the North Carolina coast, the Dare County Control Group has issued a mandatory evacuation for Hatteras Island beginning today, at 12 p.m., with the remainder of Dare County areas ordered to evacuate starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

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A mandatory evacuation order for all visitors & residents on #Hatteras Island will be in effect Monday, September 10 at 12 p.m. A mandatory evacuation for residents and visitors in other areas of Dare County goes into effect beginning Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00 a.m.

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Declaring that “the State of North Carolina is under imminent threat from Tropical Storm Florence, which has the potential to make landfall next week,” North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has signed an executive order on Sept. 7 declaring a State of Emergency in North Carolina. The declaratio…

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