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Hurricane Earl Fax number: (252) 473-2799 Bulletin # 3 Joint Information Center: (252) 475-5930 9/1/2010 8:00 AM http://www.darenc.com Evacuation Order Issued for Visitors on Hatteras Island A mandatory evacuation has been issued for all Hatteras Island VISITORS effective immediately. The Dare County Control Group met this morning to assess the storm and issued the order in anticipation of high waves along the oceanfront of Hatteras Island. The evacuation order facilitates visitors leaving Hatteras Island before high seas produce overwash on NC Highway 12 which will impede safe travel. The evacuation is only for visitors on Hatteras Island and does NOT apply for areas north of Oregon Inlet. The order does NOT include the towns of Duck, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Nags Head, Southern Shores, Roanoke Island or the mainland of Dare County. The Dare County Control Group will continue to closely monitor the storm’s progress and will assess whether further evacuation orders are necessary. A Hurricane Watch is in effect for all of Dare County and the North Carolina Coast from north of Surf City to Virginia, including the Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds. A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the next 36 hours. Dare County Emergency Management is closely monitoring the progress of Hurricane Earl and urges all residents and visitors to take necessary precautions for possible hurricane force winds as the storm is expected to pass approximately 80 miles off the Outer Banks early Friday morning. The National Park Service has announced the closure today of Visitor Centers and Campgrounds. The Ocracoke Visitor Center will close today at 12:00 noon and the Hatteras Island, Bodie Island, Wright Brothers and Fort Raleigh Visitor Centers will close today at 5:00pm. The Ocracoke, Frisco, Cape Point and Oregon Inlet Campgrounds are scheduled to close today at 12:00 noon. The last climb for the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will be today at 2:00pm with the lighthouse closing at 3:00pm. By Thursday, expected surf conditions will create unsafe conditions on Seashore beaches and off- road vehicle use will be prohibited until safe conditions allow for this activity. Dare County, also known as The Outer Banks of North Carolina, is a chain of barrier islands midway on the Atlantic Seaboard. Dare County includes the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, and Manteo. Dare County also encompasses Roanoke Island, the Dare mainland and Hatteras Island, which includes the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras. Protective measures should be taken to secure property. Everyone should complete preparation activities, such as storing all loose outside objects. In advance of any hurricane, everyone should prepare an emergency kit including nonperishable food, water and clothing to sustain each family member for three days. The kit should also include a flashlight, radio, spare batteries, and medications. Blankets, rain gear and appropriate footwear are also recommended. The kit should include photocopies of important family documents, such as birth certificates and insurance policies. Residents and visitors are encouraged to monitor local news outlets for further advisories from the National Weather Service and state and local emergency management officials. Bulletins will be issued as needed and available at www.darenc.com and on Government Access Channel 20. Dare County, also known as The Outer Banks of North Carolina, is a chain of barrier islands midway on the Atlantic Seaboard. Dare County includes the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, and Manteo. Dare County also encompasses Roanoke Island, the Dare mainland and Hatteras Island, which includes the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras.
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