Unrestricted Access to Hatteras Island

Effective at 2:00 p.m. Today (Tuesday, August 4)

Post Date: Tuesday, August 4th at 11:39 a.m.

This will be the final bulletin issued by the Dare County Emergency Management Joint Information Center for Tropical Storm Isaias.

Initial Damage assessments have been completed for Hatteras Island and with limited impacts from the storm, there will be unrestricted access for residents and visitors beginning today, August 4 at 2:00 p.m.      

Sand and water remain on some Hatteras Island roadways in low-lying areas prone to soundside flooding, particularly along Highway 12 south of the Etheridge Bridge. Expect delays and proceed with caution in these areas.  Remember, driving through salt water causes damage to vehicles. 

Also, check the weather forecast and road conditions for your travel route to the Outer Banks to ensure safety. For updated road conditions for North Carolina, visit www.drivenc.gov.  

A High Surf Advisory and Beach Hazards Statement are in effect and dangerous ocean conditions are expected to remain through the week. Inexperienced swimmers should remain out of the water. The prohibition for swimming along beaches on Hatteras Island remains in effect.  

Town of Duck

The Town administrative office will open for business at 12:00 p.m. today. We continue to limit contact due to COVID. Please call or email to access our remote services.

Isaias effects in Duck are minor at this time. Officials continue to monitor Duck Rd (NC 12) for potential overwash, which is still possible in the next few hours. Please remain vigilant and heed public safety instruction should water levels rise.

Please check weather.gov/mhx/beach for beach conditions before you go. Follow lifeguard instructions when you arrive.

Town of Southern Shores

Recycle Schedule Change—recycle collection service has been moved to Thursday, August 6

 The Tuesday, August 4 Council meeting has been cancelled. The next meeting Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 18 at 9:00 a.m.

Town of Kitty Hawk 

The Town of Kitty Hawk has seen wind damage and several trees have been cleared from the roadways. There are some areas without power. 

Moore Shore Road is currently flooded and water is rising in low lying areas and sound side.  Please be aware as the storm leaves the area, the flooding will continue.  Remain prepared and be cautious. 

Town offices are open.  The Town's Recycle Center is closed today. It will reopen on Thursday, August 6, 2020.

Town of Kill Devil Hills 

Reminders: The Town of Kill Devil Hills’ offices and the Dry Trash Drop Off and Recycle Center will open at 11:00 a.m. today Tuesday, August 4, 2020; however, due to COVID-19, all offices are accessible by appointment only. If you have business with the Town, call, email, or visit our website for assistance.

Today’s typical refuse collection of the West Side was suspended and will be collected on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. For recycling customers, Outer Banks Hauling will also be following this adjusted schedule.

Kill Devil Hills fared well through Isaias; however, soundside waters may continue to rise this morning. Stay safe and DO NOT walk on or drive onto water-covered roads. Entering a flooded area risks your life and the lives of people that may be sent to rescue you.

  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn around, don’t drown!

  • Soundside water levels can be monitored at https://fiman.nc.gov/.

Use caution when picking up any yard debris. Due to potential debris and damage to fences, be sure to check your yard before letting your dogs out.

Town of Nags Head 

Red "No Swimming” flags are posted on Nags Head’s beach today, Tuesday, August 4, due to a high threat of rip currents. Red flags mean swimming in the ocean is prohibited until these conditions subside and the flags are lowered. For more information visit ow.ly/tNOz50AQeD1.

Town of Manteo

Although the winds of Isaias are dying down, floodwaters are rising quickly. Storm surge was forecast at 2-4 feet, and downtown streets, the marina docks & boardwalk, and adjacent areas are flooding already. Streets currently or predicted to be impacted include, but are not limited to, Queen Elizabeth, Fernando, Agona, Sir Walter Raleigh, Old Tom, Budleigh, Ananias Dare, and Croatan. Additional areas may be impacted, so please do not go around barricades. Please observe police direction where given. For your safety, DO NOT enter floodwaters, whether on foot or in a car. 

Town staff from Public Works to Police to Water & Sewer continue to deliver services, and Public Works employees are picking up storm debris. Also, you will see staff from Planning and Administration who will be in all neighborhoods performing damage assessments today. If you have damage to report, please call Town Hall at 473-2133.

Please continue to be careful as we work together to recover from Isaias.

National Park Service

Staff at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial will begin post-storm assessments this morning. Once a determination is made on the status of park beaches and facilities, the Operational Status Report web page for each national park unit will be updated. 

Operational Status Report Links

Cape Hatteras National Seashore - https://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/operational-status-report.htm 

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site - https://www.nps.gov/fora/planyourvisit/operational-status-report.htm 

Wright Brothers National Memorial - https://www.nps.gov/wrbr/planyourvisit/operational-status-report.htm

Dare County

Dare County offices on Hatteras Island are closed today and will reopen on Wednesday morning, August 5. County offices north of Oregon Inlet remain on their regular schedule.  

Dare County District Court scheduled for today has been cancelled. The Dare County Clerk of Courts will be continuing all cases with new court dates posted by Friday August 7. If you have any questions about your new court date, call the Clerk of Courts Office on Friday between 8:30 am and 5:00 p.m., email your questions to darecountyclerk@nccourts.org or sign up for court date alerts via text or email at https://www3.nccourts.org/onlineservices/notifications/menu.sp

All court scheduled for Wednesday August 5, 2020 will operate on a normal schedule.

Trash collection for the residential areas of Manteo (outside Town limits), Wanchese, Skyco, Manns Harbor, East Lake and Stumpy Point that was scheduled for today will now take place on Wednesday, August 5.  

The Manns Harbor Transfer Station, the C&D Landfill, and the Buxton Transfer Station will reopen on Wednesday, August 5.