Cancellations & Closures due to Weather

Cancellations & Closures due to Weather

Dare County Libraries will be closed and all Parks & Rec activities have been cancelled for Saturday, January 7 and Sunday, January 8 due to the impending weather.

Post Date: 01/06/2017 2:03 p.m.

The Dare County Libraries will be closed and all Dare County Parks and Recreation activities have been cancelled for Saturday, January 7 and Sunday, January 8 due to the impending weather.

A winter storm warning is in effect for Dare County and the National Weather Service’s latest forecast shows increased potential for freezing rain and sleet north of Oregon Inlet. Travel may become hazardous with ice covered roads and bridges, particularly north of Oregon Inlet. Power outages may be more prevalent due to ice accumulation on power lines and tree limbs.

With the greater potential for freezing rain and sleet followed by temperatures below freezing, road condition could remain poor through the weekend and into Monday.

On Monday, January 9, Dare County Offices will be open and trash collection will remain on schedule unless weather conditions prohibit safe travel. Please monitordarenc.com/WinterWeather for any updates or changes, safety tips and important contact information.

Be aware that the National Weather Service has also issued a Coastal Flood Advisory for soundside locations and are predicting water levels 2 to 3 feet above normal Saturday morning through early Monday.

Updated weather information is available from the National Weather Service at http://www.weather.gov/mhx/

Heavy Rain and Wind Will Make for Dangerous Conditions This Weekend ?

Heavy Rain and Wind Will Make for Dangerous Conditions This Weekend ?

Heavy Rain and Wind Will Make for Dangerous Conditions This Weekend

Extremely heavy rains combined with high coastal water levels, storm surge and flooding are expected to cause dangerous and life threatening conditions this weekend on the Outer Banks.  The National Weather Service is highly discouraging travel across northeastern North Carolina this weekend.  Travel to the area should be postponed until conditions improve.

Rainfall is predicted to intensify throughout the day and combine with sustained winds up to 55 mph causing dangerous travel conditions through Sunday.  In the event winds exceed 50 mph, ambulance crews may not be able to respond to calls for help.

The National Weather Service indicates that soundside flooding of up to 4 feet above ground is possible for areas prone to flooding, primarily on Hatteras Island.  The combination of storm surge and flooding from the ocean and the sounds will combine with heavy rains to cause conditions that should be taken seriously.

As conditions deteriorate, road closures and travel restrictions are anticipated in Dare County, particularly for portions of Highway 12 on Hatteras Island.

Dare County Emergency Management urges everyone to closely monitor the storm because conditions could worsen and intensify based on the track of Hurricane Matthew.

All residents and visitors are advised to heed the following warnings –

  • If you are in a low-lying area, or an area prone to flooding, relocate to higher ground. This is especially important for those with special medical needs.
  • Residents in low-lying areas should take action to protect personal property by moving to higher ground.  This includes vehicles.
  • Immediately complete your disaster preparedness kits and other safety preparations including securing all outdoor items such as trash cans and lawn furniture.
  • Stay out of the ocean due to the high threat of rip currents and rough seas.
  • Monitor trusted sources of information for life saving alerts. NOAA Weather Radio is an excellent resource for emergency alerts.

For information regarding road conditions and closures, visit tims.ncdot.gov/tims. For the most up to date information regarding the status of NC12, visitwww.facebook.com/NCDOTNC12.

National Park Service

The National Park Service reports that all visitor services and facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial remain closed until further notice.

For Additional Information –

To receive email updates directly from Dare County Emergency Management, register online at www.darecountyem.com and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.

To stay up to date with the latest weather and traffic conditions in Dare County, download the free Ready NC App at www.readync.org.

View the latest watches, warnings and advisories from the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/mhx.

Residents and visitors can contact Dare County Emergency Management by calling 252.475.5655 or visiting www.darenc.com for updated information.

The next Bulletin will be released by 4:00 p.m. Saturday, October 8, 2016

Excessive rains may cause pollution in ocean and sound-side swimming waters #OuterBanksNC

Excessive rains may cause pollution in ocean and sound-side swimming waters #OuterBanksNC

MOREHEAD CITY – State officials are recommending that the public avoid swimming in all coastal waters statewide due to high rainfall and flooding from Tropical Storm Hermine that may have led to excessive bacteria in the water.

Floodwaters and storm water runoff often contain pollutants, such as waste from septic systems, sewer line breaks, pet and wildlife feces, petroleum products, and other chemicals that can make people sick. Typically, the risk of illness grows with rainfall amounts.

The public should avoid swimming in coastal waters until bacteriological testing indicates bacteria levels fall within the state’s and the Environmental Protection Agency’s standards for swimming and water play. People should especially avoid swimming near storm water outfalls and inlets as these areas tend to have concentrated amounts of pollutants.

The towns of Carolina Beach and Oak Island have begun pumping floodwaters to the beach and more may do so as the day continues. These areas, including the wet sand where the floodwater is pumped, should be avoided, even if no sign is posted.

The Division of Marine Fisheries’ Recreational Water Quality Program staff will test swimming waters and notify the public of the results. Staff will test ocean swimming areas first as these areas typically return to normal conditions faster than those of rivers, sounds and creeks.

The Recreational Water Quality Program in the Division of Marine Fisheries samples 204 sites at ocean and sound beaches weekly from April to October in accordance with federal and state laws. For more information about coastal recreational water quality, visit the N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program’s website athttp://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/recreational-water-quality or on Twitter.com @ncrecprgm.

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N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program. The N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program began testing coastal waters in 1997. Our mission is to protect the public health …
Perseid Meteor Shower 2016 Outer Banks – Biggest Since 2009

Perseid Meteor Shower 2016 Outer Banks – Biggest Since 2009

A few Perseids can be seen each night between July 17 and August 24, cloud cover permitting. They will peak on the nights of August 11 and 12. Best viewing time is 3am till dawn. You can either stay up or hit the rack early and get up at 2am. You will need around 45 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the car for best night vision.

No need to look in any particular direction. Just lay on your back as best you can. Easy to do on the beach! Then just lay back and watch. The next time it will be this big is 2027 so take advantage, weather permitting. The moon is going to cooperate as it should be setting around 1am.

Of course if you are in Kill Devil Hills or any well lit area you may want to seek a darker spot. South Nags Head or further south towards Hatteras is much darker.

You can read more here. Learn more by watching the video below. If you can’t go outside NASA plans a live stream.

Lots of fires in the news today

Lots of fires in the news today

Highways at each end of North Carolina closed due to fires

http://www.greensboro.com/news/north_carolina_ap/highways-at-each-end-of-north-carolina-closed-due-to/article_fb37ed0d-15f9-553b-ab44-6e8f9967f3a0.html

Wildfire spreading rapidly over 4,000 acres on Dare mainland

http://outerbanksvoice.com/2016/04/19/wildfire-spreading-rapidly-over-4000-acres-on-dare-mainland/

1400-acre woods fire in Bolivia causes smoke and ashes to cover parts of Wilmington

http://www.wbtv.com/story/31764265/1400-acre-woods-fire-causes-smoke-and-ashes-to-cover-parts-of-wilmington 

Forest Service warns of high fire danger

http://www.salisburypost.com/2016/04/19/forest-service-warns-of-high-fire-danger/

No direct cause determined in Southern Power fire

http://www.salisburypost.com/2016/04/19/fire-officials-no-direct-cause-determined-southern-power-fire/

Earth’s hot streak continues for a record 11 months

http://www.independenttribune.com/news/earth-s-hot-streak-continues-for-a-record-months/article_223eb99e-065e-11e6-ac5e-2f117320fc8a.html

Tom Mather

Public Information Officer

Office of Public Affairs – Division of Air Quality

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality

Precautionary swimming advisory lifted for sites in Dare, Currituck counties

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality

Release: Immediate                                                                    Contact: Erin Bryan-Millush / J.D. Potts

Date: Oct. 13, 2015                                                                    Phone: 252-726-6827 exts. 8153 / 8154

 

Precautionary swimming advisory lifted for sites in Dare, Currituck counties

MOREHEAD CITY – State recreational water quality officials today lifted a precautionary swimming advisory for ocean beaches in Dare and Currituck counties.

The N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program has tested ocean-side sites in Dare and Currituck counties and found that bacteria levels fall below the state’s and Environmental Protection Agency’s standards set for swimming and water play.

On Oct. 5, state officials advised the public to avoid swimming in all coastal waters statewide due to high rainfall and flooding from recent storms that may have led to excessive bacteria in the water. Floodwaters and stormwater runoff can contain pollutants such as waste from septic systems and sewer line breaks, pet waste, wildlife, petroleum products and other chemicals.

Additionally, an advisory issued at the Colington Harbour swimming beach at the end of Colington Drive in Kill Devil Hills on Aug. 26 has been lifted. The sign advising against swimming, skiing or otherwise coming into contact with the water has been removed.

One advisory remains in effect in Dare County at the Jockey’s Ridge sound-side access in Nags Head. State officials will continue testing the site, and they will remove the sign and notify the public again when the bacteria levels decrease to levels below the standards.

A precautionary advisory remains in effect for sound-side waters in Onslow, Pender and New Hanover counties, as well as ocean-side beaches in Hyde County. The state is continuing to test the swimming waters and will notify the public when test results show they meet swimming standards.

Recreational water quality officials sample 204 sites throughout the coastal region, most of them on a weekly basis from April to October. Testing continues on a reduced schedule during the rest of the year, when waters are colder.

For more information about coastal recreational water quality, visit the N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program’s website at: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/recreational-water-quality or on Twitter.com @ncrecprgm.

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