2010: HATTERAS ISLAND: Evacuation Ordered For 30,000 Residents & Visitors

North Carolina's Dare County has ordered 30,000 residents and visitors to leave the Outer Banks' Hatteras Island as Hurricane Earl approaches.

Officials issued the order Wednesday evening for people in seven villages on the island. Only about 4,800 are permanent residents living from Rodanthe to Hatteras.

Officials had earlier asked only visitors to leave.

County spokeswoman Dorothy Toolan says people who choose to stay are being advised they may go without government help and services for up to 72 hours after the hurricane passes.

Earl's strongest winds are expected to reach the coast Thursday night into Friday morning.


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  • by chsshurricane Location: Buxton on Sep 2, 2010 at 03:06 PM
    im surprised they didnt try to evacuate the piping plovers..
  • by Martin County Native Location: Greenville on Sep 2, 2010 at 08:20 AM
    I got a couple of friends from Hatteras who mentioned they are coming up to Greenville and staying tonight and will end up staying there all the way to sunday so they can go to the game.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Sep 2, 2010 at 08:15 AM
    Staying Put, I'm with you there. They better not force us to evacuate. I'm going go surfing for a little while with my buddy from Ocracoke, one of my neighbors and his friend from Hatteras. It will be four of us over at the Avalon. Surfing and some cold beers with some football later tonight!
  • by jay Location: the village on Sep 2, 2010 at 07:41 AM
    But what will happen to all the poor little piping plovers?? I think all the enviormentalist nut jobs should sit out on the beach and make sure they are ok.
  • by rick on Sep 2, 2010 at 05:11 AM
    why take that chance , its your life here , just to say you stayed , and how would the rest of your family and friends think after the fact , sure wish they would have left there to higher ground , if you have kids , let them leave with someone else , dont put them out their with you if you love them , being strong dont mean staying when you really need to leave , strong or smart , which ?
  • by Cathy Location: Louisiana on Sep 1, 2010 at 06:47 PM
    This hurricane brings back memories of Hurricane Rita in 2005 that hit Southwest Louisiana. The forecasters kept saying it was going to hit Galveston, TX but it hit my parent's home in Cameron Parish in southwest La. Rita was a Cat 3-my parent's home was on Rutherford Beach-2 streets from the shoreline. It was a large house, 8 feet off the ground with a wrap around porch. Rita's landfall was 25 miles to the west and their place was in the right front quadrant. When we returned after the storm, the only thing that was left were 3 pilings out of 25 that once held their house up in the air. The storm surge was 18 feet. Nothing, including brick homes, was standing 10 miles inland. At many homesites, only the cement foundation was left-everything was gone. Most people had evacuated but did not take any belongings because everyone said it was going into TX. Please listen and evacuated-even with all the technology-they still are not perfectly sure where these storms will make landfall.
  • by Ben Location: OBX on Sep 1, 2010 at 05:33 PM
    NC12 already had washover at 630PM (wed)
  • by Staying put Location: Atlantic beach on Sep 1, 2010 at 05:23 PM
    I believe people should have the right to stay if they want to. Ill be out there with my surf board and im not leaving!!!
  • by me Location: Dare on Sep 1, 2010 at 05:14 PM
    They thought it was funny in 2003 and look what happened.
  • by To Eloise on Sep 1, 2010 at 05:10 PM
    You are nuts. Heed the warnings people and LEAVE. Why do people think just because you aren't having a direct hit, that you will be fine. Need we remind you this is a Category FOUR?
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