Flood Threats from Hurricane Sandy – Dare County Emergency Management Update 10/28/2012 0900 hours

NC Highway 12 on Hatteras Island is closed at Oregon Inlet due to sand and water on the roadway.  NCDOT is on scene working to correct the problem.  Ocean overwash will continue to be a problem throughout the day on Highway 12.  Motorists are advised to use caution and be alert for water and sand overwash on roads throughout Dare County.

The duration of storm force (50+ mph) winds will be reduced as the hurricane moves further to the east.  Winds of 30+ mph are projected to extend into Tuesday and produce rough surf and dangerous rip currents. 

As winds shift northwest today it could produce soundside flooding of 3 to 5 feet throughout Dare County.  Some areas of southern Hatteras Island are already experiencing flooding.        

Along with soundside flooding, the threat of ocean flooding of 3 to 6 feet will continue to exist due to astronomical tides and storm surge. 

Visitors should consult with their accommodations provider before traveling to the area. 

NCDOT has suspended ferry service between Hatteras Village and Ocracoke.  Operations will return to normal as soon as winds diminish and conditions are safe.  NCDOT road information is available by calling 511 or online at www.ncdot.gov/travel

If electrical power is lost, local service providers can be reached at the following numbers:

  • Cape Hatteras Electric      Cooperative, Outage Reporting Number:       866-511-9862
  • Dominion Power:  1-866-DOM-HELP (366-4357)
  • Tideland EMC:  252-943-3046

Dare County Transportation will be closed for service on Monday, October 29, 2012 due to unsafe conditions.  Normal transportation service is expected to resume on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. 

Dare County Libraries ask customers not to return library materials to any of the outside bookdrops throughout the County during this storm to avoid damage to returned items.

The next scheduled update will be available at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 28, 2012.  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.