LIVE Blog: Arthur on verge of becoming hurricane, heading our way

TRACKING ARTHUR

Check the blog below for live updates.

Click here to see the Vipir Forecast 

Patrick Rockey June 30, 20146:17 pm

Here’s a look at the latest spaghetti forecast plot. Remember, this puts the major forecast models on a single image. And you can see most of the plots have the storm moving in our general direction.

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Patrick Rockey June 30, 201411:35 pm

TROPICAL DEPRESSION forms.  The National Hurricane Center says our first Tropical Depression of the season formed off the Florida coast and will be heading in our direction over the next few days.  Here’s the latest forecast track…

Myles Henderson July 1, 20149:12 am

T.D. One Tuesday 8AM update

Stationary off the Florida coast, expected to turn north and strengthen to a tropical storm later today.

Myles Henderson July 1, 20149:13 am

Tuesday AM forecast track… near the Mid-Atlantic late Thursday and Friday as a strong Tropical Storm or weak Category 1 Hurricane.

Myles Henderson July 1, 20149:38 am

Something to watch when it comes to timing… This system will be picking up speed as it moves up the East Coast. More acceleration (think sports car) will give us a better chance of clearing out by Friday night. Less acceleration (think freight train) will give us better chance for being soggy Friday night.

Holly Henry July 1, 201411:16 am

11AM Update — Tropical Storm Arthur has formed off eastern Florida, the National Hurricane Center said Tuesday. 

Holly Henry July 1, 201411:17 am

This is the first named storm of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season.

Holly Henry July 1, 201411:50 am

Dare County Closely Monitoring
Tropical Storm Arthur; Asking Residents And Visitors To Be Aware And Begin
Taking Precautions
 

Dare County
officials are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Arthur, the first tropical
storm of the 2014 Hurricane Season, which is currently located off the coast of
Florida.  The system is expected to strengthen and will impact Dare County
by Thursday evening or Friday morning. 
 

While there
is still uncertainty as to the track and intensity of the system, the Outer
Banks will feel effects.   

Residents and visitors are asked to
closely monitor weather reports and take necessary precautions as the local
storm forecast for Thursday evening and Friday becomes more certain. 
 

Hurricane
season is upon us through November 30.  Assemble or restock your disaster
supply kit with essential supplies to sustain your family and your pets for up
to three days.  Have an evacuation plan ready to execute, if and when
needed.  Go to readync.gov for preparedness information. 
 

Stay
informed.  Monitor local weather reports, sign up to receive email alerts
directly from Emergency Management at http://www.darecountyem.com,
and follow @DareCoEM on Twitter.
 

Dare County will continue to monitor
conditions and will provide periodic updates.  The next scheduled update
will be Tuesday, July 1 by 8:00 p.m.

Holly Henry July 1, 201411:53 am

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Holly Henry July 1, 20142:09 pm

Cape
Hatteras:
  July 4th Celebration
Rescheduled in Avon
 

Due to the approaching tropical storm
Arthur, the Avon Fireworks Committee, Avon Property Owners’ Association, Koru
Village, Pyrotecnico, and Dare County have made a joint decision to reschedule
the July 4th fireworks show on the Avon Fishing Pier, tentatively to Monday,
July 7th at 9:00 p.m.
 

This storm is expected to pass in
close proximity of Cape Hatteras on Friday, July 4th with winds and rain that
would prohibit the fireworks show from taking place.
 

Due to the weekend turnovers with
visitors coming to the island, a decision was made to postpone the fireworks
show to Monday, July 7th to ensure that all residents and guests have ample
time to prepare a proper celebration of Independence Day, complete with
fireworks display, as planned.
 

The Avon Fireworks Committee will
reconvene on Friday, July 4th to confirm these plans after the storm has
passed.  Should adjustments be made to
the tentative plans, there will be another press release on Friday afternoon.
 

The Fireworks Committee and Avon
Property Owners’ Association would like to thank the National Park Service,
Koru Village, Dare County, Pyrotecnico, and all of the event sponsors for their
flexibility, cooperation and support.
 

For more information, please contact
Pat Weston, Avon Fireworks Committee.

Holly Henry July 1, 20142:12 pm

Message from N.C. Ferry System: 

Here at the Ferry Division, we’re keeping a very close eye on Tropical Storm Arthur as he begins his trip up the Atlantic Coast. Here are some things to know right now:

1) As of now, all ferries are running their normal schedules.

2) We are in constant contact with emergency management officials in Dare, Hyde, and other coastal counties. So far, no evacuation orders have been given.

3) We have tested the ramps and channels on our emergency route, just in case it is needed after the storm passes.

4) We do anticipate some service interruptions as the storm moves up the coast and local conditions deteriorate. Based on this prediction, we could start to see effects on our southern routes sometime Thursday evening, eventually impacting more northern routes throughout the day Friday. We will re-start operations at each route as soon as it is safe to do so. As you can see, Arthur is forecast to be well past us by Friday night.

Please monitor this Facebook page and our Twitter feed (@NCDOT_Ferry) for further updates. Stay safe out there!

Holly Henry July 1, 20142:16 pm

Due to the approaching tropical storm, the Avon Fireworks Committee, Avon Property Owners’ Association, Koru Village, Pyrotecnico, and Dare County have made a joint decision to reschedule the July 4th fireworks show on the Avon Fishing Pier, tentatively to Monday, July 7th at 9:00 p.m. 

Holly Henry July 1, 20142:17 pm

Press release from Dare County Emergency Management:

July 1, 2014 11:30 a.m.

Dare County officials are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Arthur, the first tropical storm of the 2014 Hurricane Season, which is currently located off the coast of Florida. The system is expected to strengthen and will impact Dare County by Thursday evening or Friday morning.

While there is still uncertainty as to the track and intensity of the system, the Outer Banks will feel effects. Residents and visitors are asked to closely monitor weather reports and take necessary precautions as the local storm forecast for Thursday evening and Friday becomes more certain.

Hurricane season is upon us through November 30. Assemble or restock your disaster supply kit with essential supplies to sustain your family and your pets for up to three days. Have an evacuation plan ready to execute, if and when needed. Go to readync.gov for preparedness information.

Stay informed. Monitor local weather reports, sign up to receive email alerts directly from Emergency Management at http://www.darecountyem.com, and follow @DareCoEM on Twitter.

Dare County will continue to monitor conditions and will provide periodic updates. The next scheduled update will be Tuesday, July 1 by 8:00 p.m.

Holly Henry July 1, 20143:08 pm

Patrick Rockey July 1, 20143:53 pm

Patrick Rockey July 1, 20144:09 pm

Here’s a look at your chances of seeing strong winds when Arthur arrives. Obviously, this forecast will change as Arthur continues to develop.

Doris Taylor July 1, 20144:56 pm

5 pm update: Tropical Storm Arthur continues to gain
strength. Winds are now up to 50 mph and it is moving NW at 2 mph.

It’s expected to make more of a turn to the north. It will intensify to a category 1 hurricane by Friday morning.

We could see some higher than normal tides in Hampton Roads
and gusty winds.

Patrick Rockey July 1, 20145:15 pm

Doris Taylor July 1, 20145:35 pm

The N.C. Department of Transportation is keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Arthur and making preparations to ensure they’re ready to respond if needed.

On the Outer Banks, crews are staging front end loaders, motor graders
and bulldozers along N.C. 12 in Ocracoke, Rodanthe and Pea Island, south of the
Bonner Bridge, in Dare and Hyde counties. This is in addition to other
equipment already at the maintenance yards in Manteo, Ocracoke and
Buxton. NCDOT has more equipment ready to mobilize if needed, as well as
employees prepared to patrol N.C. 12 during and after the storm.

no evacuation orders have been issued for Dare or Hyde counties and all ferry service is running according to the regular schedule.

Doris Taylor July 1, 20146:33 pm

Manteo’s  4th
of July events have been rescheduled for Sunday due to weather 

Doris Taylor July 1, 20146:43 pm

The Dare
County Control Group met today to review the latest forecast
for Tropical Storm Arthur.  With the current forecast, the storm is
expected to strengthen and reach the Outer Banks by early Friday morning. 
Storm force winds are predicted for most of the county with the potential for
minimal hurricane force winds affecting Hatteras Island.

Doris Taylor July 1, 20148:01 pm

8 PM Update: Tropical Storm Arthur’s movement is nearly
stationary. Winds are still at 50 mph.

Patrick Rockey July 1, 20148:05 pm

Patrick Rockey July 1, 201410:37 pm

AWAITING the 11 pm update from the National Hurricane Center.  I’ll have the latest at the top of NewsChannel 3 at 11.

Judging by the radar appearance tonight, the storm is looking a little ragged.  The thunderstorm activity has become displaced to the south and east of the center. That’s an indication that it’s becoming a bit less organized.

It has generally been sitting over the same spot for the last two days.  Storms are fueled by the warm waters beneath them. Arthur may be using up its fuel and drawing up cooler water from the lower depths.

Once Arthur begins to move north, it will start drawing on a fresh pool of warm water and begin to get better organized.

Patrick Rockey July 1, 201410:55 pm

11 PM UPDATE just came in.

A little more good news for us.  The forecast track shifted a little more to the east.  Let’s hope that trend continues.
Intensity changed very little and the storm is still barely moving.

Patrick Rockey July 1, 201411:28 pm

Holly Henry July 2, 20147:16 am

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Myles Henderson July 2, 20149:32 am

Hurricane Watch south of Oregon Inlet. Tropical Storm watch from Oregon Inlet to the NC/VA line.

Myles Henderson July 2, 20149:32 am

Wednesday morning forecast track

Holly Henry July 2, 201410:15 am

City
of Virginia Beach Monitoring Tropical Storm Arthur

 

The City of Virginia
Beach, through its Office of Emergency Management, is currently monitoring
Tropical Storm Arthur as it makes its way up the East Coast. City leadership is
engaged and tracking the storm’s progress.

 

This weather
system could bring heavy rain and coastal flooding to Virginia Beach and
Southside Hampton Roads on Friday. A decision will be made later today on
whether to postpone fireworks planned for Friday at the Oceanfront and Mount
Trashmore Park.

 

To help residents prepare, the city strongly encourages
residents to take simple steps now.  
 

·        
Know safety tips and build an emergency
supply kit.
Check
emergency supplies to be sure you have non-perishable food for at least three
days and three days’ of water for your family (one gallon per person/per day).
Have flashlights and extra batteries, a battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio
and extra batteries in case power goes out. Other important items are a first
aid kit and extra supply of medications, if needed. Visit
http://www.Ready.gov
for a disaster supply checklist or http://www.weather.gov/floodsafety  for flood
safety tips and information from the National Weather Service.

·        
Have a family emergency plan in place. Plan
and practice flood evacuation routes from home, work and school that are on
higher ground.

·        
Remove and secure objects from
outside your home and business that may become projectiles during high winds.

·        
Be informed. Learn
more
about flood risks and steps you can take to prepare. Look for emergency
preparedness information on http://www.VBgov.com/beprepared.
Pay close attention to local media and local officials for information.

·        
Download the free Ready Virginia app for iPhone and
Android devices. The app contains an emergency supply checklist and will
stream statewide emergency information.

Holly Henry July 2, 201410:17 am

Holly Henry July 2, 201410:20 am

Currituck County Fireworks at the Whalehead have been
cancelled for Friday, July 4th.

Holly Henry July 2, 201410:25 am

TROPICAL UPDATE from Meteorologist Myles Henderson:

Here is an early look at what you could see where you live…
(Note: This forecast is based on the current forecast track. A change in the storm path would result in a change in the forecast)

Southside
Rain: 1”-2”, Wind: 20-25 G40, Surge: up to 1’, Waves: Ocean 7-10’ Bay 3-5’

Peninsula 
Rain: 1”, Wind: 15-25 G35, Surge: up to 1’, Waves: Bay 3-5’ Rivers 1-3’

Middle Peninsula 
Rain: 1”, Wind: 15-25 G35, Surge: up to 1’, Waves: 3-5’

Eastern Shore
Rain: 1”-2″, Winds: 20-25 G40, Surge: up to 1’, Waves: Ocean 6-10’ Bay 3-5’

Inland Southside
Rain: 1”, Wind: 10-20 G30, Waves: Rivers 1-3”

Albemarle NC
Rain: 1”-2”, Wind: 15-25 G35, Surge: 1’, Waves: Sound 1-2’

Northern OBX
Rain: 1”-3”, Wind: 30-40 G60, Surge: Ocean 1-2’ Sound 1”, Waves: Ocean 10-15’ Sound 2-4’

Southern OBX
Rain: 2”-4”+, Wind: 40-70 G100, Surge: 2-3’, Waves: Ocean 15-25’ Sound 3-6’

Holly Henry July 2, 201410:43 am

Dare County Prepares for Tropical Storm Arthur

Dare County officials are closely monitoring the track of Tropical Storm Arthur.  The National Weather Service has issued a Hurricane Watch for Hatteras Island and a Tropical Storm Watch for areas of Dare County north of Oregon Inlet.

With the storm’s uncertain forecast, the Dare County Control Group will meet again today at 5:30 p.m. and assess the storm’s track and possible impact for the Outer Banks and determine any protective measures that may be needed.  

Based on the current forecast, the storm is expected to reach the Outer Banks by early Friday morning.  However, prior to the storm the area will experience high winds, rough seas, and dangerous rip currents.  There is a possibility of water and sand overwash on NC Highway 12 on Hatteras Island and NCDOT is staged to address problems that may arise.

It is important for residents and visitors to stay informed and begin taking necessary steps to protect property such as securing loose outdoor objects and boats.  Assemble or restock your disaster supply kit with essential supplies to sustain your family and pets for up to three days.  Preparedness information is available at http://www.readync.org     

Visitors should monitor forecasts and follow instructions offered by their property management company and be ready to leave the area with all belongings if the order is given by Emergency Management officials.

Holly Henry July 2, 201410:44 am

Dare County Prepares for Tropical Storm Arthur

TOWN OF DUCK

The Town of Duck is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Arthur.  A final decision regarding the Town of Duck 4th of July Parade will occur by 5:00 P.M., Thursday, July 3 and will be posted online and on Town of Duck social media channels.  Please note, due to the 4th of July holiday, trash collection will be delayed one day and will be picked up Saturday, July 5, 2014.  For updates regarding TS Arthur in Duck, and updates related to 4th of July events and concerts, follow Town of Duck on Facebook and DuckOBX on Twitter.

Holly Henry July 2, 201410:45 am

Dare County Prepares for Tropical Storm Arthur

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

The Outer Banks Group National Parks, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial, has begun the initial implementation of the Park’s Hurricane Plan in anticipation of the approach of Tropical Storm Arthur.  The National Weather Service is predicting that the effects of Tropical Storm Arthur will impact the Outer Banks of North Carolina, by Thursday, July 3, 2014 with storm conditions possibly continuing through Saturday, July 5, 2014.

In anticipation of this weather event, the following NPS facilities will begin closing at noon today, Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

All NPS campgrounds, Ocracoke, Frisco, Cape Point and Oregon Inlet will close at noon today, Wed., July 2 and remain closed until further notice.  The Ocracoke campground reservation system has been temporarily suspended.  

Silver Lake Marina NPS docks will close at noon Wednesday, July 2.

Ocracoke and Hatteras Island NPS Visitor Centers will close at noon on Wed., July 2 and then remain closed until further notice.  Bodie Island Visitor Center, Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site will be closed Thursday and Friday, July 3 and 4.  Previously scheduled evening programs are cancelled as of Wed., July 2 until further notice.

Lifeguard beach operations at Ocracoke, Buxton, and Coquina will close at noon on Wed., July 2 until further notice. 

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will close at noon Wed., July 2 and remain closed until further notice.  All park special programs scheduled have been cancelled until further notice.

The Bodie Island Lighthouse will close at 6:30 pm on Wed., July 2 and the climbing reservation system has been temporarily suspended beginning Thursday, July 3.

All NPS beaches will be closed to off-road vehicles by 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2 and remain closed until further notice. 

The Buxton and Ocracoke Off-Road Vehicle Permit offices will close at noon on Wed., July 2.  The Bodie Island Off-Road Vehicle Permit office will close at 4:30 p.m. on Wed, July 2. 

Holly Henry July 2, 201410:46 am

Dare County Prepares for Tropical Storm Arthur

RESCHEDULING OF FIREWORKS CELEBRATIONS 

AVON – The Avon Fireworks Committee, Avon Property Owners’ Association, Koru Village, Pyrotecnico, and Dare County have made a joint decision to reschedule the July 4th fireworks show on the Avon Fishing Pier, tentatively to Monday, July 7th at 9:00 p.m. 

MANTEO – As a result of the deteriorating weather forecast for Friday, all of the 4th of July events for the Town of Manteo have been rescheduled for Sunday July 6th.

NAGS HEAD – The Town of Nags Head’s Fireworks Spectacular, originally scheduled for Friday, July 4, has been moved to Saturday, July 5 at 9:25 pm. The fireworks will be shot off from Nags Head Pier, as originally planned.

Holly Henry July 2, 201410:46 am

Dare County will continue to monitor conditions and provide periodic updates about Tropical Storm Arthur.  The next scheduled update will be Wednesday, July 2 by 3:00 p.m.

To receive email alerts directly from Dare County Emergency Management, visit http://www.darecountyem.com, and follow @DareCoEM on Twitter. 

The Dare County Emergency Operations Center will be operating throughout the storm and may be reached at 252-475-5655 or visit http://www.darenc.com for updated information.

Holly Henry July 2, 201410:47 am

JULY 4TH FIREWORKS DISPLAY IN
COROLLA IS POSTPONED
–  

The 22nd Annual
Independence Day Celebration in Corolla has been postponed due to weather.  A date for the rescheduled event has not yet
been set, but is expected to be announced later today. Call 252-435-2938 for
more information.

Holly Henry July 2, 201411:19 am

Tropical Storm Warning in effect for most of eastern N.C. including Pamlico Sound, Eastern Albemarle Sound

Myles Henderson July 2, 201412:05 pm

11 AM update: Tropical Storm Arthur

Myles Henderson July 2, 201412:06 pm

11 AM Update: Forecast Track

Holly Henry July 2, 201412:08 pm

Due
to the impending storm, The Elizabethan Gardens will close tomorrow, Thursday,
July 3, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. They will remain closed all day Friday, July 4,
2014. 

 

Holly Henry July 2, 201412:08 pm

The Elizabethan Gardens will update closings again on Friday evening,
July 4, 2014. Consult website or Facebook for the most current news and details.

Holly Henry July 2, 201412:32 pm

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Holly Henry July 2, 20141:39 pm

Ocracoke Voluntary Evacuation Ordered; 24-Hour Ferry Service To
Hatteras Begins

Pamlico
Sound Tolls Waived Until Storm Passes

Manns
Harbor- 
In response to a
voluntary evacuation order from Hyde County, the North Carolina Department of
Transportation’s Ferry Division will begin round-the-clock service from
Ocracoke to Hatteras Islands beginning at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Service will
continue until weather conditions make it unsafe to operate. 

In addition, ferry tolls on the
Ocracoke-Cedar Island and Ocracoke-Swan Quarter runs will be waived until the
evacuation order is lifted.

At the current time, all North Carolina Ferry
Routes are running their published schedules. However, The Ferry Division
expects brief service interruptions as Tropical Storm Arthur proceeds up the
North Carolina Coast, starting Thursday afternoon on the southern routes and
lasting into the afternoon Friday on the most northern routes.

Holly Henry July 2, 20141:39 pm

Coast Guard sets
port condition Whiskey for Wilmington, Morehead City

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard Sector North Carolina captain of the port
has set Port Condition Whiskey for all navigable waterways in North Carolina in
preparation for the anticipated weather impact of tropical storm Arthur. 

Winds between 39 and 54 mph are expected to reach Frying Pan
Shoals Lighted Buoy 16 within 72 hours and boaters are advised to seek
safe harbor.

All vessels are advised to use caution when transiting the area. Vessels at
anchor or moorings should prepare for heavy weather accordingly.
 
Mariners are also advised that drawbridges will remain closed when wind speeds
are 39 mph or greater or once evacuations begin. Due
to uncertainty of weather movements and related bridge closures, mariners
are urged to seek passage through drawbridges well in advance of the arrival of
gale force winds.

Holly Henry July 2, 20141:58 pm

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Wilmington, N.C.
 Governor Pat McCrory was in Wilmington today warning those along the
coast and beyond to prepare for Tropical Storm Arthur. 

The storm, which formed
off the coast of Florida and is making its way north, is expected to strengthen
into a category one hurricane by the time it reaches North Carolina’s coast on
Thursday. 

There is a tropical storm warning for the entire North Carolina coast
in effect now.
 

“While we all want to
enjoy a fun Fourth of July weekend with friends and family, our highest
priority should be safety during the storm,”
Governor McCrory said.  “I encourage all of our coastal
residents and visitors to take necessary precautions, listen to local media and
use good judgment throughout the duration of the storm.”

Patrick Rockey July 2, 20142:26 pm

Holly Henry July 2, 20142:38 pm

Holly Henry July 2, 20142:46 pm

Message from NC Ferry System –

Here’s some additional information about the Ocracoke Island voluntary evacuation for Tropical Storm Arthur:

1) Ferries will run their usual schedule between Ocracoke and Hatteras through midnight tonight, and will then have a boat on standby to accommodate any traffic that wishes to depart between midnight and 5 a.m., We will then resume our regular service at 5 a.m. Thursday, and continue until weather conditions deteriorate to the point where it is no longer safe to operate.

2) Priority loading status is waived for all departures from Ocracoke.

3) There will be an additional departure from Cedar Island to Ocracoke at 8 p.m. tonight, and an additional trip from Ocracoke to Cedar Island at 10:30 p.m. Tolls are waived for motorists departing Ocracoke only. All current reservations will be honored.

Holly Henry July 2, 20142:47 pm

Message from Cape Charles Town Harbor:

“4th of July update!!! ALL SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES INCLUDING THE FIREWORKS, WILL BE HELD JULY 5TH AT THEIR REGULAR SCHEDULED TIME THEY WERE TO TAKE PLACE ON THE 4TH.”

Holly Henry July 2, 20143:09 pm

DARE COUNTY TRASH PICKUP There will be no trash pick on Hatteras Island for Friday, July 4. 

Holly Henry July 2, 20143:10 pm

TOWN OF
DUCK

The Town of
Duck is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Arthur.  

A final decision
regarding the Town of Duck 4th of July Parade will occur by 5:00
P.M., Thursday, July 3 and will be posted online and on Town of Duck social
media channels.  

Please note, due to the 4th of July holiday,
trash collection will be delayed one day and will be picked up Saturday, July
5, 2014.  For updates regarding TS Arthur in Duck, and updates related to
4th of July events and concerts, follow Town of Duck on Facebook and
DuckOBX on Twitter.

Holly Henry July 2, 20143:10 pm

Becca Mitchell July 2, 20143:40 pm

Surry Co. fireworks originally scheduled for July 3 have been rescheduled to Sunday, July 6th
Click here for updated info on ALL the July 4th fireworks in Hampton Roads and the OBX

Becca Mitchell July 2, 20143:48 pm

The Community of East Beach will now hold its
9th Annual July 4th Parade on Saturday, July 5th at 10 a.m, due to the
impending storm.  The parade will begin
on East Beach Drive and end at the East Beach Bay Front Club.  

Doris Taylor July 2, 20144:50 pm

5 pm update: Tropical Storm Arthur is on track to become a hurricane as it moves up the coast. The track has changed very little. 

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Becca Mitchell July 2, 20145:38 pm

MOST VIRGINIA BEACH JULY 4 EVENTS, INCLUDING FIREWORKS RESCHEDULED TO SATURDAY: 

July 4th
fireworks that were originally scheduled for Friday night at the Oceanfront and
Mount Trashmore Park have been rescheduled to Saturday night, July 5, due to
the threat of Tropical Storm Arthur.

Fireworks had
been scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Friday at both locations.
Instead, fireworks
will be at the same time Saturday.

 

At Mount
Trashmore
, all events that were scheduled for Friday night will be moved to
Saturday night.


At the
Oceanfront
, some of the events scheduled for Friday night – Symphonicity,
the Virginia Beach Chorale and fireworks – will be moved to Saturday night.

Doris Taylor July 2, 20146:10 pm

Mandatory Evacuation Ordered for Hatteras Island

The Dare County Control Group has issued a mandatory evacuation order for residents and visitors on Hatteras Island beginning at 5:00 a.m., Thursday, July 3, 2014. After 5:00 a.m. Thursday, no access will be allowed to Hatteras Island.

All Hatteras Island residents and visitors are advised to evacuate as expediently as possible during daylight hours on Thursday before the effects of Tropical Storm Arthur begin to bring high winds, rough seas, dangerous rip currents, and the potential for water and sand overwash on NC Highway 12.

A State of Emergency has been issued for all of Dare County with the only restriction being the mandatory evacuation of Hatteras Island.

Visitors should evacuate with all personal belongings and follow instructions offered by their property management company.

Those evacuating to areas north of Dare County are encouraged to travel westbound on Highway 64 to Interstate 95. Evacuating through the rural areas to the west of Dare County will help avoid traffic backups and congestion that may prolong evacuation by traveling northbound through the Hampton Roads portion of Virginia.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hurricane Warning for all of Dare County which means the area should anticipate near hurricane conditions.

The Dare County Control Group serves as the decision making body for Emergency Management and consists of representatives of Dare County, the Sheriff’s Office, the National Park Service, and the towns of Duck, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Manteo, Nags Head, and Southern Shores.

Patrick Rockey July 2, 20147:06 pm

Doris Taylor July 2, 20148:08 pm

8PM UPDATE: Tropical Storm Arthur continues to strengthen off the east coast and will likely grow into a Category 1 hurricane later tonight or early Thursday morning.

Arthur is expected to continue on a slow northerly path Wednesday night, before shifting northeast and intensifying.

Hampton Roads is now out of the forecast cone, but it does still include all of coastal Carolina.

The most likely path is for the center of the storm to pass just off the southern Outer Banks very early on Friday morning, before zipping off quickly to the northeast. But the storm could move anywhere within that forecast cone.

Doris Taylor July 2, 20149:32 pm

8PM UPDATE: Tropical Storm Arthur continues to strengthen off the east coast and will likely grow into a Category 1 hurricane later tonight or early Thursday morning..

Arthur is expected to continue on a slow northerly path Wednesday night, before shifting northeast and intensifying.

Hampton Roads is now out of the forecast cone, but it does still include all of coastal Carolina.

The most likely path is for the center of the storm to pass just off the southern Outer Banks very early on Friday morning, before zipping off quickly to the northeast. But the storm could move anywhere within that forecast cone.

Our next update comes at 11pm.

Doris Taylor July 2, 20149:40 pm

Hatteras Inlet Ferry Adjusts Thursday Schedule To Streamline Ocracoke Evacuation

Route To Shut Down When Weather Deteriorates
Manns Harbor—In order to ease backups at Ocracoke as residents and visitors evacuate the island in preparation for Tropical Storm Arthur, the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division has adjusted its Hatteras Inlet schedule for Thursday, July 3 to accommodate more departures in the morning and early afternoon. It is likely that weather will force a closure of the route at some point in the mid-afternoon Thursday.

The schedule for Thursday, July 3 is as follows:
Departing Ocracoke: 5 a.m., 6:25, 7:25, 8:45, 9:45, 11:05, 12:05 p.m., 1:25, 2:25, 3:45, and 4:45.
Departing Hatteras: 5:15 a.m., 6:15, 7:35, 8:35, 9:55, 10:55, 12:15 p.m., 1:15, 2:35, 3:35.

In addition, four boats will be put into service as “shuttles”, making unscheduled runs between Ocracoke and Hatteras to alleviate backups.

“According to the current forecast, conditions will begin to deteriorate rapidly by mid-afternoon,” said Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. “We strongly encourage Ocracoke residents and visitors to take advantage of these morning departures and evacuate the island as early as possible.”

Priority loading status will be waived on departures from Ocracoke until the evacuation order has lifted. Ocracoke residents and visitors may also choose to evacuate via ferry to either Cedar Island or Swan Quarter. Tolls have been waived for motorists departing Ocracoke on those routes.

Doris Taylor July 2, 20149:49 pm

Will Arthur rain on the Town of Duck’s parade?

Tiny American flags surround houses along one of the Outer Banks’ largest 4th of July parade routes.

A parade in the town of Duck is still scheduled for the same morning Tropical Storm Arthur is expected to hit the area. 

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Doris Taylor July 2, 20149:51 pm

UPDATE: Tropical Storm Arthur dampens some fireworks plans in Virginia Beach

Large crowds are expected at the Oceanfront this Friday to watch the annual Fourth of July Fireworks show, but Tropical Storm Arthur has changed a few things.

Most holiday events have been rescheduled for Saturday night at Mt. Trashmore and at the Oceanfront.

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Doris Taylor July 2, 20149:52 pm

Chesapeake yet to make decision on postponing July 4th festivities

The City of Chesapeake is hoping the wind and rain from Tropical Storm Arthur will hold off for fireworks Thursday night at Chesapeake City Park.

The city will be waiting until Thursday at noon to make a final call on whether the Celebrate Freedom festivities will be postponed.

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Doris Taylor July 2, 20149:53 pm

Could Hampton Roads evacuate during a hurricane?

Is Hampton Roads ready should a hurricane hit our region?

That was the focus of a meeting between state and local leaders held at Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach Tuesday.

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Doris Taylor July 2, 20149:55 pm

Outer Banks gets ready for Arthur

Lifeguard stands have moved out and no lifeguards will be on duty after 5 pm until further notice at Coquina and Buxton.

All National Park Service campgrounds are closed. And several sites along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore have closed or will close tomorrow, including The Bodie Island Lighthouse and the Wright Brothers National Memorial.

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Doris Taylor July 2, 201410:22 pm

Hyde County officials have declared a countywide state of emergency and a voluntary evacuation for Ocracoke Island that went into place today at 2:00 p.m. The National Weather Service has issued a hurricane warning for all of Hyde County and much of the Outer Banks in anticipation of Tropical Storm Arthur strengthening into a hurricane Thursday, July 3, 2014.

Those who choose to stay on Ocracoke do so at their own risk and need to be well prepared for potential serious impacts of the storm. County Manager Bill Rich sternly warns everyone on Ocracoke, “There could be loss of electricity, there could be restaurants closing, there could be cars flooding, and roads could be compromised; if you do not want to experience what could be, you should leave the Island.”

There is no pre-equipped storm shelter on Ocracoke and people who choose to stay should be prepared to be self-supporting. Hyde County officials ask all lodging establishments on Ocracoke take every effort to keep their clients out of harms way from 9:00 p.m. Thursday to 10:00 a.m. Friday morning. Go to ReadyNC.org for ideas on emergency supply kits and more information about hurricane preparedness.

Please be alert, be prepared, and be smart!

Doris Taylor July 2, 201410:55 pm

Right now, Arthur is still classified as a tropical storm
with 70 mph winds. Pressure is down to 988 mb/29.18in. The forecast track has
moved the storm slightly to the west. 

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  • wi too low

    To all you kooks out there…here’s your chance to try the greatest sport around! Those who don’t try hard to put us down. Just paddle out , turn around and raise, that’s all there is to the coastlline craze. You gotta, catch a wave and you’re sitting on top of the world.

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