As of 4 o'clock p.m. Saturday all residents and non-residents are permitted to access all of Hatteras Island, including the Villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation has advised people to be aware of pockets of sand and water remaining on Highway 12 in Hatteras Island.
Currently there is a single lane open at the temporary bridge north of Rodanthe. Drivers should expect delays and use extra caution.
Dare County says that conditions now allow for a staged reentry process beginning Saturday at 12 noon.
Access for the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Aon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras Village are now permitted.
The county says permanent residents and essential personnel of critical business will be allowed to enter Hatteras Island at 12 noon. Permanent residents must present a valid North Carolina driver's license with a Hatteras Island address. Essential personnel for critical business must present the permit they were issued by their employer. This permit must meet "stringent essential business criteria as established by emergency management," according to a press release from the county.
As for power, the Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative continues to restore outages on Hatteras Island today. There are six leaning transmission poles in the Pea Island area that Lee Electrical Construction company is working to fix.
Also, some Cape Facilities in the northern end of the national parks have returned to normal hours of operation. They include: Wright Brothers National Memorial, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Bodie Island Lighthouse and Bodie Island Visitor Center, Oregon Inlet Campground, Ramp 4 is open to off-road vehicle use, Coquina Beach Bathhouse and Lifeguard operation, and Coquina Beach off-road vehicle permit office.
Some areas have only been partially reopened. They include: Cape Hatteras Buxton Visitor Center and grounds surrounding the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Buxton Lighthouse Beach Lifeguard operation, Hatteras Island off-road vehicle ramps open, include 27, 30, 38, 43, 44, 49, and 55, and Ocracoke Island off-road vehicle ramp 70 and south is open.
Dare County says access to the northern portion of the county is no longer restricted.
This allows people to return to areas north of Oregon Inlet.
The DOT said early Friday morning that U.S. 64 near Manteo is now closed due to flooding. It is expected to reopen around 9:30 Saturday morning.
The county says while access is now permitted, travelers may encounter roads that are restricted because of potential hazards.
There is still no access to Hatteras Island.
All Dare County residents are being told to prepare for significant ocean overwash and soundside flooding from Hurricane Arthur.
Previously the forecast from the National Weather Service had the greatest impact concentrated on Hatteras Island. However, the latest storm track now has the Hurricane moving more to the west posing a serious risk of ocean overwash and soundside flooding throughout Dare County.
Refuges of Last Resort announced previously will remain open through the storm. However, travel during times of high winds is not recommended. Call 252-475-5655 for more information about the Refuges of Last Resort.
Around midnight Friday morning, Dare County Emergency Management said there will be restricted access across the county later in the morning. Crews expect to do safety checks before allowing more people back for the holiday weekend. Access to Hatteras Island is expected to stay closed until further notice.
Curfews are being established tonight for the following areas –
Kill Devil Hills – There is hereby established a curfew prohibiting the appearance in public of anyone not a member of the following exempted classes: law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other public employees, rescue squad members, doctors, nurses, employees of hospitals and other medical facilities, on-duty military personnel whether state or federal, on-duty employees of public utilities, public transportation companies, etc., and other such classes of persons as may be essential to the preservation of public order and immediately necessary to serve the safety, health and welfare needs of the people within the Town of Kill Devil Hills. This curfew shall be in effect in and between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. July 4, 2014.
Manteo – Town of Manteo is instituting a curfew from 10:00 p.m., July 3 until 6:00 a.m., July 4th.
Nags Head – A curfew will be in place throughout the Town of Nags Head on Friday, July 4 from 12 a.m. through 6 a.m.
TOWN OF DUCK
The Town of Duck 4th of July Parade and Community Celebration on the Town Green, originally scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Friday, July 4, has been CANCELLED. Due to logistical reasons, the parade will not be rescheduled. Trash will be collected on Saturday, July 5.
The Town of Duck has declared a state of emergency effective immediately with no restrictions in place at this time. The State of Emergency will expire at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 4, unless amended. Finalize and take all precautionary measures and prepare to stay inside for the duration of the storm. Be aware that emergency personnel may be unable to respond to calls for help during high winds. In the event of a power outage, report outages by phone to: 1-866-DOM-HELP.
Additional updates and photos related to Hurricane Arthur will be available at www.townofduck.com, at Town of Duck on Facebook and DuckOBX on Twitter.
TOWN OF MANTEO
The Town of Manteo has declared a state of emergency with no restrictions. Expect flooding from the sound. Residents and visitors are asked to limit driving near any flooding as it occurs.
TOWN OF NAGS HEAD
The Town of Nags Head has declared a state of emergency with no restrictions. Those staying in flood prone areas, such as south Nags Head and the town’s soundside neighborhoods, need to pay close attention to Arthur as it passes by the Outer Banks as storm surge flooding can occur quickly.
The Town of Nags Head will not be collecting trash on Friday. This change affects the town’s west side residential route and commercial collections.
CAPE HATTERAS ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE (CHEC)
CHEC officials are monitoring Hurricane Arthur and stand ready to restore power should outages occur in the wake of Hurricane Arthur.
CHEC personnel have begun to double-check equipment and supplies that will allow them to restore power if Arthur causes major outages on Hatteras Island. When severe weather causes outages, electric cooperative line crews begin working, as soon as conditions permit, to restore service in a safe and efficient manner.
CHEC members should report outages to 866-511-9862. In the event of a major outage, the Cooperative uses a priority plan to restore power to as many consumers as quickly as possible.
DOMINION NORTH CAROLINA POWER
Dominion Virginia/North Carolina encourages its customers to follow these guidelines to prepare now for possible power outages that could occur.
Be sure your phone number is up to date on your account. You can update the number online through Manage Your Account or by calling our phone number update line at 1-800-222-0401.
Bookmark www.Dom.com on your mobile device to quickly report an outage.
Put together an emergency preparedness kit with needed supplies such as flashlights, water, medicines, portable radios, extra batteries and non-perishable goods. For more information on how to assemble a kit, visit https://www.dom.com/storm-center/storm-preparation-tips.jsp
After the storms pass, remember to:
Report or check the status of your power outage using your smartphone and visiting www.Dom.com or by calling 1-866-DOM-HELP.
If you see a downed wire that presents an eminent threat to life or property, call 911 first.
All downed wires should be considered dangerous—stay at least 30’ away. Be sure to report any downed wires you see by calling 866-DOM-HELP. Wire down calls will be directed to a representative so that we may gather details about the condition and location of the wire.
TIDELAND ELECTRIC MEMBERSHIP CORPORATION
Tideland Electric Membership Corporation service crews will remain on call throughout the night to respond to outages but all power restoration efforts will halt when weather conditions pose a safety threat to co-op personnel. Tideland EMC crews will report for duty early Friday morning and power restoration efforts will resume at 6:00 a.m.
Tideland EMC reminds all consumers that back-up generators can be deadly when not properly operated. Never connect a generator to household wiring without a properly installed transfer switch. Never refuel a generator when the engine is running and allow the unit to cool before adding gas. To avoid electrocution or carbon-monoxide poisoning, ground the generator properly and operate in a dry, well ventilated area. Finally, avoid plugging damaged, undersized or ungrounded extension cords into any generator. Always treat downed electric lines as potentially energized.
The next update will be released on Friday as new information becomes available. 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.