Dare County has now ordered a mandatory evacuation for all residents, effective at 8 a.m. Friday.
This follows the mandatory evacuation of visitors that began Thursday at 8 a.m. There were approximately 150,000 tourists on the Outer Banks of Dare County when the evacuation was ordered. Officials say 35,000 people live there full-time.
Dare County residents without a means of transportation to a state managed shelter outside of Dare County may call (252) 475-5640 to make travel arrangements.
Those with special medical needs should contact (252) 475-5655 for assistance.
All visitors, as many as 150,000 are urged to make preparations and leave the area.
Dare County Emergency Management urges visitors to take all personal belongings with them during evacuation.
Although the mandatory evacuation order is for all Dare County visitors, residents are advised to take proper precautions and make general storm preparations.
Dare County officials say further evacuations should be anticipated as Irene moves closer to the Outer Banks.
At this time there are no new reentry stickers being issued. The previously issued stickers, for 2008/2009, are still valid. Residents can also use a North Carolina driver’s license showing a Dare County address. Property owners may use a Dare County tax bill with proper identification for reentry.