LIVE Blog: Hurricane Arthur now category 2, winds up to 100 mph

Check the blog below for live updates.

Doris Taylor July 2, 201411:20 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. 

Doris Taylor July 2, 201411:21 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!

Holly Henry July 3, 20147:18 am

https://twitter.com/MHendersonWTKR/status/484654952099622912

Myles Henderson July 3, 20148:28 am

Hurricane Arthur 8 AM update

Myles Henderson July 3, 20148:29 am

Hurricane Arthur 8 AM Forecast Track

Myles Henderson July 3, 20148:29 am

Hurricane Warning

Myles Henderson July 3, 20148:30 am

Tropical Storm Warning

Holly Henry July 3, 20148:39 am

https://twitter.com/DarraghatWTKR/status/484632272646062080

Holly Henry July 3, 20148:44 am

https://twitter.com/DarraghatWTKR/status/484649336504983552

Holly Henry July 3, 20149:06 am

Coast Guard sets
Port Condition Yankee for Morehead City, NC

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) North Carolina
has set Port Condition Yankee for Morehead City  in preparation for the
anticipated weather impact of Hurricane Arthur.

Gale Force winds (34 knots or 39 mph) are expected to reach Frying Pan
Shoals Lighted Buoy 16 (A15) within 24 hours. Pleasure craft are advised to
seek safe harbor.

The port of Morehead City is closed to all inbound traffic. No vessel may
enter the port of Morehead City without the permission of the COTP.

1.
All self-propelled oceangoing vessels over 500 gross-tons, all oceangoing
barges and their supporting tugs and all tank barges over 200 gross-tons
departing the port must schedule their departure to clear the Frying Pan Shoals
Lighted Buoy 16 (A15) at least 12 hours prior to the setting of Port Condition
Yankee.

2. All commercial vessels and barges who have received permission from the
Captain of the Port to remain in port must be at their site in accordance with
their application as approved by the Captain of the Port upon the setting of
Port Condition Yankee. 

Vessels
bound for this port shall seek an alternative destination. Mariners are also
advised that drawbridges will remain closed when wind speeds are 34 knots or
greater or once evacuations begin. Because of the 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. 

The
Port of Wilmington remains at Modified Port Condition
Whiskey
. 

The
Coast Guard requests that the public listen to weather information available
from other sources and not call the Coast Guard for weather information.

Holly Henry July 3, 201410:03 am

https://twitter.com/DomVAPower/status/484698692172390400

Holly Henry July 3, 201410:11 am

https://twitter.com/ToddCorillo/status/484698656281726977

Holly Henry July 3, 201410:16 am

https://twitter.com/NCNationalGuard/status/484702042938556417

Becca Mitchell July 3, 201410:17 am

https://twitter.com/NCDOT/status/484702076447227904

Holly Henry July 3, 201410:18 am

https://twitter.com/NCEmergency/status/484700453662629888

Becca Mitchell July 3, 201410:19 am

Mandatory
Evacuation is Underway for Hatteras Island
 

Dare
County Emergency Management urges all Hatteras Island residents and visitors to
take the threat of Hurricane Arthur seriously and evacuate because of the
threat of high winds, ocean overwash, and soundside flooding. 

The
mandatory Hatteras Island evacuation includes the Villages of Rodanthe, Waves,
Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras.  A State of Emergency has been
issued for all of Dare County with the only restriction being the mandatory
evacuation of Hatteras Island.  During this time access to Hatteras Island
is not allowed.

Holly Henry July 3, 201410:19 am

https://twitter.com/NCDOT/status/484702569391210496

Holly Henry July 3, 201410:20 am

North
Carolina’s electric cooperatives stand ready to respond if power outages result
from Hurricane Arthur, which is forecasted to
bring
heavy rain and strong winds to coastal North Carolina counties Thursday night
into Friday afternoon.
Local electric cooperative crews, equipment and
vehicles are on site in potentially affected areas, and additional cooperative line
crews from the western part of the state are preparing to travel to assist with
restoration efforts.

 

Becca Mitchell July 3, 201410:25 am

https://twitter.com/NCEmergency/status/484703096770420736

Becca Mitchell July 3, 201410:33 am

Currituck County: Upon conferring with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, it is not anticipated that the Wright Memoral Bridge will close during the event.

At this time, Currituck County has not issued any evacuation orders. The county is now under a State of Emergency, with no accompanying restrictions.

Becca Mitchell July 3, 201410:36 am

https://twitter.com/astro_reid/status/484702874358652931

Becca Mitchell July 3, 201410:45 am

https://twitter.com/JackieMorlock/status/484708722816471041

Holly Henry July 3, 201410:46 am

https://twitter.com/NWSWilmingtonNC/status/484709626655436800

Becca Mitchell July 3, 201410:54 am

https://twitter.com/NHC_Atlantic/status/484711511508934657

Holly Henry July 3, 201411:01 am

Virginia Beach – Friday Waste
Management Collections Will Take Place on Saturday
 

There will be
NO trash or recycling collection on Friday, July 4, due to the Independence Day
holiday. 
 

Trash and
recycling services scheduled for July 4 will be provided on Saturday, July 5.
Please have the containers at the curb by 7 a.m. 
 

Bulky items
that would normally be picked up on July 4 will be picked up on Saturday, July
5. Those requests must be received in the office prior to 5 p.m. today, July 3.
 

The City
Landfill will be closed on Friday for the holiday, and will be open the usual
hours of 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 5.  SPSA Landstown and
Oceana transfer stations will be open on Saturday until noon.  

Becca Mitchell July 3, 201411:14 am

https://twitter.com/weatherchannel/status/484715940140302336

Becca Mitchell July 3, 201411:15 am
Holly Henry July 3, 201411:20 am

Downtown Norfolk, Ocean View Beach Park July 4th Festivities/Fireworks rescheduled for Saturday, July 5.

Becca Mitchell July 3, 201411:21 am

Norfolk 
Festevents announces that due
to conditions associated with Hurricane
Arthur, the 4th of July festivities and fireworks scheduled for
downtown Norfolk and Ocean View Beach Park for Friday, July 4 have been
rescheduled for Saturday, July 5. 

Festivities and
Fireworks will continue at both Town Point Park, downtown Norfolk and Ocean
View Beach Park, Norfolk with live entertainment, food, beverages and fireworks
at 9:30 pm.  Admission for each event is free and open to the public.  

Both parks open
at 5pm.  

More fireworks info here: http://wtkr.com/2014/06/25/2014-july-4-celebrations-in-hampton-roads-and-the-obx/

Becca Mitchell July 3, 201411:29 am

Virginia Beach: The City of
Virginia Beach is closely monitoring Hurricane Arthur. The main threat for our
city is to Chesapeake Bay beaches, due to the coincidence of high tide Friday
midday and northerly winds form the passing storm. This is expected to produce
waves on the bay of 4 to 5 feet and a minor storm surge of about 1 to 1.5 feet.
This will create some erosion and the potential for some minor nuisance
flooding.

Forecasts
call for total rainfall in Virginia Beach of less than 2 inches.

For Atlantic
Ocean beaches, we expect less impact, as the storm moves farther east and winds
are expected to be parallel to the beach, not perpendicular to it. We expect
some beach erosion, but we do not anticipate any breaks of the dune system. 

Holly Henry July 3, 201411:46 am

https://twitter.com/mikemather/status/484703935291084800

Becca Mitchell July 3, 201411:50 am

Becca Mitchell July 3, 201411:50 am

From WTKR’s Mike Mather in the Outer Banks. Plenty of cars leaving via the Wright Memorial Bridge

Becca Mitchell July 3, 201411:52 am

From WTKR’s Mike Mather – Plenty of cars leaving the OBX via the Wright Memorial Bridge

Myles Henderson July 3, 201411:52 am

Hurricane Arthur 11 AM Update

Myles Henderson July 3, 201411:53 am

Hurricane Arthur 11 AM Forecast Track

Becca Mitchell July 3, 201411:56 am

CHESAPEAKE: Thursday, July
3 – The Celebration of Freedom at Chesapeake City Park
will continue
AS SCHEDULED, including
the fireworks, unless conditions deteriorate

Friday, July
4 -The South Norfolk
July 4th Parade is CANCELLED due to the impending weather

 The July 4th Celebration at Lakeside Park is CANCELLED, also due to the weather


More fireworks info here: http://wtkr.com/2014/06/25/2014-july-4-celebrations-in-hampton-roads-and-the-obx/

Holly Henry July 3, 201411:56 am

Message from City of Virginia Beach:

The City of
Virginia Beach is closely monitoring Hurricane Arthur. The main threat for the city is to Chesapeake Bay beaches, due to the coincidence of high tide Friday
midday and northerly winds form the passing storm. This is expected to produce
waves on the bay of 4 to 5 feet and a minor storm surge of about 1 to 1.5 feet.
This will create some erosion and the potential for some minor nuisance
flooding.

Becca Mitchell July 3, 201412:01 pm

Sandbridge Beach Annual 4th of July Boat Parade & Fireworks – Rescheduled to Saturday, July 5th. 

Boat parade will begin at 7:00 p.m., Fireworks will begin at 9:10 p.m. 

More fireworks info here: http://wtkr.com/2014/06/25/2014-july-4-celebrations-in-hampton-roads-and-the-obx/

Becca Mitchell July 3, 201412:03 pm

SUFFOLK – The Suffolk Stars and Stripes
Spectacular event originally planned for Friday, July 4, 2014, at Constant’s
Wharf Park & Marina has been cancelled due to the projected weather impacts
from Hurricane Arthur.

 

The
fireworks will be rescheduled for a future TGIF concert.


More fireworks info here: http://wtkr.com/2014/06/25/2014-july-4-celebrations-in-hampton-roads-and-the-obx/

Becca Mitchell July 3, 201412:06 pm

From WTKR’s Mike Mather: Nag’s Head businesses boarding up ahead of Hurricane Arthur

Holly Henry July 3, 201412:07 pm

https://twitter.com/JackieMorlock/status/484708722816471041

Holly Henry July 3, 201412:16 pm

From Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge: Both the morning and evening tram tours have been cancelled tomorrow, Friday, July 4th, due to Hurricane Arthur. Also, the Horn Point kayak/canoe launch will be closed for the day. Please be safe tomorrow.

Holly Henry July 3, 201412:27 pm

Curfew And Alcohol Sales Ban On
Ocracoke To Take Effect, 

Last Ferry Leaving
Ocracoke Scheduled For 5:00 p.m. Today July 3, 2014

Holly Henry July 3, 201412:29 pm

Curfew And Alcohol Sales Ban On Ocracoke To Take Effect, Last Ferry Leaving Ocracoke Scheduled For 5:00 p.m. Today July 3, 2014 

Ocracoke Island is currently under voluntary evacuation.  Hyde County officials have announced a curfew for Ocracoke Island between 8:00 p.m. tonight and 8:00 a.m. Friday morning.  All sales of alcohol on Ocracoke will be banned after 5:00 p.m. today. 

Hyde County officials strongly recommend visitors leave as soon as possible and residents be prepared for potential serious impacts of Hurricane Arthur.  This storm is projected to be a Category 2 hurricane with storm surge of 3-5 feet above ground. 

The NC Ferry Division is working to get as many people off Ocracoke as possible before weather conditions force operations to stop. The last ferries from Ocracoke to Cedar Island and Swan Quarter will leave Ocracoke at 4:00 p.m. today.  The last ferry from Ocracoke to Hatteras is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. today. The Hatteras Ferry route has ample capacity to accommodate people leaving Ocracoke. Go to NCDOT.gov/ferry for the most recent information.  

Hurricane Arthur is now expected to be a Category 2 hurricane when it passes over or near the North Carolina coast. Tropical storm force winds are expected to affect Ocracoke Island beginning today at 8:00 p.m. and subside around 9:00 a.m. Friday.  Hurricane force winds are expected between 2:00-4:00 a.m. Friday with peak wind projected around 103 MPH at 3:00 a.m. Friday. 15-25 foot seas are expected with storm surge projections of 3-5 feet above ground. Isolated tornados are also possible over portions of coastal North Carolina.

Holly Henry July 3, 201412:30 pm

VDOT IS PREPARED FOR HURRICANE ARTHUR AND HOLIDAY WEEKEND

SUFFOLK—The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is prepared for Hurricane Arthur, in addition to being ready for one of the year’s busiest travel weeks. 

The state agency began preparing its crews and facilities for potential hurricane conditions in May, at the onset of the traditional hurricane season, and as early as Monday, crews were inspecting and cleaning storm water drain systems, and testing the tide and hurricane gates. Additonally, the agency has ensured that all equipment, response gear and generators are in good condition, there is ample fuel and tree removal services are on alert throughout the Hampton Roads District. VDOT has also deployed additional emergency supplies to remote locations that include chain saws, water pumps, signage and other response gear. 

The Department is taking further steps to ensure that the roadways are safe for travel which include: increased Safety Service Patrol (SSP) teams, additional heavy trucks/wreckers on standby and increased availability of ferry boats. 

To help keep traffic moving during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, VDOT will lift lane closures on most interstates and highways in Virginia from noon Thursday July 3, until noon Monday, July 7.

Motorists are encouraged to visit http://www.511virginia.org, call 511, download Virginia’s free 511 mobile app or listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 1680 AM or call the Traffic Information Line at 757-361-3016 for current traffic and travel information. Information is also available on Twitter @VaDOTHR.

Holly Henry July 3, 201412:30 pm

ELIZABETH RIVER
TUNNELS PREPARES FOR HURRICANE ARTHUR

PORTSMOUTH – Elizabeth River Tunnels (ERT) crews are
prepared for potential weather conditions in association with Hurricane Arthur
and the heavy rains expected to arrive with the storm. ERT has additional staff
and equipment on standby to help keep the Downtown and Midtown tunnels and
associated roadways safe for motorists. 
Additionally, SKW Constructors JV (SKW), design-build contractors for the ERT
Project, will prepare all active construction sites including:
Implementing the Heavy Weather
Mooring Plan to ensure the tunnel elements moored at the Portsmouth Marine
Terminal (PMT) remain secure through the storm;  

Relocating and mooring together
all floating equipment and tools at SKW’s trestle;

  • Moving all land equipment to a
    higher elevation location at SKW’s yard;
  • And, lowering all crane booms. 

Motorists are encouraged to monitor conditions
through the media and when possible, refrain from travel during the storm.

Holly Henry July 3, 201412:32 pm

An email from the Sandbridge Beach Civic League President, Joan Davis, announcing further changes to the Sandbridge Beach Annual 4th of July Boat Parade & Fireworks was just received.

The City of Virginia Beach has reissued permits for the boat parade and fireworks to be held on Saturday, July 5.

Boat parade participants will begin lining up beginning at 7:00 pm in the waterway off Teal Crescent (Osprey Bay).

Fireworks will begin at 9:10 pm in the Mill Pond.

Holly Henry July 3, 201412:33 pm

Corolla Trash Pick Up

The normal trash and recycling collection for communities in Corolla is as follows:

Monday and Friday Service (In-season, May 1 to September 30):

Buck Island, Corolla Light, Crown Point, Currituck Club, Pine Island, Spindrift, Ocean Sands South – Sections A, B and C, and residences fronting N.C. 12 not included in communities listed below.

Wednesday and Saturday Service (In-season):

Corolla Village, Monteray Shores, Ocean Hill, Ocean Sands, Sections D – Q, Villages at Ocean Hill and the Whalehead Subdivision.

With Hurricane Arthur approaching the NC Coast, the following TENTATIVE plan has been developed with Bay Disposal regarding curbside service in Corolla:

If the residents in the communities scheduled for pickup on Friday, July 4th, are able to put their trash cans out by noon that day, Bay Disposal will commence trash pickup by 1:00 p.m.  If the winds remain above 25 mph, please do not put recycling totes out (recyclables are lighter than trash and will not “fall” into the truck).  

If Bay Disposal is unable to complete trash pickup on Friday,   they will resume pickup on Saturday, July 5th.  Normal service for the communities with Monday and Friday pickup date will resume Monday, July 7th.

Any changes to this plan will be posted as soon as the information is available.

Information regarding the storm can be found online at http://www.co.currituck.nc.us and on Twitter at CurrituckGov. Citizens may call Emergency Management at (252) 232-2115.

Holly Henry July 3, 201412:34 pm

Norfolk Crews Prepared for Hurricane Arthur Impacts

NORFOLK, VA. – Norfolk Public Works crews have been preparing for days for the arrival of Hurricane Arthur.  Since Monday, Public Works crews have been cleaning storm drains and ditches. Street sweeping crews have removed leaves and grass clippings off the road.  This preventative measure helps keep the debris out of the storm drains and ditches.

Trash collection will take place as planned on Friday morning. Residents are asked to secure the trash can lids and remove the cans once the trash is picked up.  

Towing and Recovery is operating on a regular schedule.  Constructions sites will be closed and secured.

Storm water crews will be on standby to address any problem areas.  

For more information, visit http://www.norfolk.gov or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.   

Holly Henry July 3, 201412:35 pm

EVENT UPDATE 

Thursday, July
3     The Celebration of Freedom at Chesapeake City Park
will continue AS SCHEDULED, including
the fireworks, unless conditions deteriorate.

Friday, July
4           The South Norfolk
July 4
th Parade is CANCELLED due to the impending weather

The July 4th Celebration at Lakeside Park is CANCELLED, also due to the weather

City personnel continue to
closely monitor the approach of Hurricane Arthur and preparations remain
underway. Chesapeake emergency management and public safety officials are in
contact with local, regional and state partners regarding response and
preparation efforts.
 

Residents are encouraged to
monitor local media, as well as the City’s website – CityOfChesapeake.net – and
the City’s Facebook and Twitter feeds for additional updates as conditions
warrant.

Holly Henry July 3, 201412:37 pm

NCDOT Ready for Hurricane
Arthur

RALEIGH—The N.C. Department of Transportation continues to
monitor conditions and has equipment and crews in place along the North
Carolina coast ready to respond to Hurricane Arthur.
 
“Safety is always our top priority, and we urge everyone to stay off the roads
both during and after the storm so that we can work as quickly as possible to
clear them,” Secretary Tata said. “We will continue to monitor conditions, and
our crews are prepared to work around the clock to respond as necessary.”
 
Along the Outer Banks, about two dozen motor graders, excavators, bulldozers
and front-end loaders are in place in Buxton, Ocracoke, Pea Island and Kitty
Hawk in Dare and Hyde counties, and crews are on standby ready to begin cleanup
efforts. More equipment and manpower is available if needed from other areas of
the state.
 
With Hatteras and Ocracoke islands both under evacuation orders, NCDOT has also
worked to ensure that evacuation routes such as U.S. 64 and U.S. 158 are clear
of construction and delays. The Herbert C. Bonner Bridge remains open only to
traffic evacuating off the island. The bridge will have its pilings inspected
by sonar, and by divers if necessary, once the storm passes to ensure it
remains safe for travel.
 
The NCDOT Ferry Division has been
providing round-the-clock service between Ocracoke and Hatteras, but will be
suspending that route at 5 p.m. today, when conditions are expected to worsen. 
The Ocracoke-Cedar Island and Ocracoke-Swan Quarter ferry routes will be shut
down at 4 p.m. Crews have inspected the emergency ferry docks to ensure those
sites are ready if damage is severe enough to activate the emergency routes.
The Ferry Division expects service interruptions to continue at least into
Friday morning, and possibly later Friday afternoon, especially on the most
northern routes.

In NCDOT
Division 2, which includes Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Greene, Jones, Lenoir,
Pamlico and Pitt counties, maintenance crews and equipment are ready to go when
needed. High water signs and other traffic control devices are also available.

NCDOT Division
3, which includes Brunswick, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender and Sampson
counties, is also on standby with equipment ready to help clear roads of debris
and direct drivers around standing water or downed power lines as needed.
 
The Port of Morehead City is now set at Port Condition Zulu, which means gale
force winds are expected to reach the port within 12 hours. The Port is now
closed to both inbound and outbound vessels, and staff is continuing with storm
preparations, including lowering crane booms, placing large equipment in severe
weather tie down positions, moving vehicles and other equipment into
warehouses, and blocking all warehouse doors.
 
The Port of Wilmington remains at Modified Port Condition Whiskey. Port
employees have topped off fuel for generators and portable light plants, and
made sure warehouse doors are properly braced.

NCDOT will
provide real-time information about weather and travel conditions through its Twitter feeds. As the storm
approaches, the department will send out tweets about road closures, flooding,
ferry route updates and evacuation routes.

Additional
information about the storm is available on the department’s other social media
and web-based tools, which are easily accessible on the NCDOT website.

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Holly Henry July 3, 201412:47 pm

Message from Cape Hatteras National Seashore:

Information resources for Tropical Storm/ Hurricane ‪#‎Arthur‬ :

• National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
• National Weather Service: http://www.weather.gov
• Dare County Emergency Incident Information: http://darecountyem.com/
• Hyde County Public Information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hyde-County-Public-Information/245782495454520

Be safe, everyone!

Holly Henry July 3, 20141:14 pm

https://twitter.com/noaaocean/status/484731251048595456

Holly Henry July 3, 20141:18 pm

Dare
County Stresses Dangers Associated with Arthur’s Upgraded Forecast
 

The
National Weather Service has upgraded the seriousness of the forecast for
Hurricane Arthur projecting it as a Category 2 storm.  In view of this,
Dare County Emergency Management urges all Hatteras Island residents and
visitors who have not evacuated to reconsider their decision and immediately
heed the evacuation order.  This storm is a dangerous one with substantial
risks that all residents and visitors should carefully consider.
 

Those
who do not evacuate should be prepared to sustain themselves for at least 72
hours.  Be aware that emergency personnel may be unable to respond to
calls for help during high winds.  During and after the storm there is the
risk of impassable roads due to soundside flooding and ocean overwash. 
And, access to essential goods and services may be disrupted.  There are
no Red Cross approved shelters in Dare County.
  

Hurricane
Arthur is expected to reach the Hatteras Island portion of Dare County with
gale force winds by 8:00 p.m. tonight.  Conditions will worsen and
steadily increase to sustained winds of 100 mph by 1:00 a.m. Friday
morning.  Areas north of Oregon Inlet will feel gale force winds by 11:00
p.m. tonight, which will peak to sustained winds of 60 mph by 4:00 a.m. Friday.
 

With
the storm intensifying to a Category 2 level there is an increased risk of
soundside flooding for Hatteras Island and areas adjacent to the Pamlico
Sound.  Significant ocean overwash is expected and will pose a serious
threat to oceanfront areas especially in the Villages of Avon, Buxton, Frisco,
and Hatteras.
 

The
mandatory evacuation remains in effect for the Villages of Hatteras including
Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras.  Hatteras
Island residents and visitors are advised to finalize their evacuation as
expediently as possible while daylight remains.  Visitors should evacuate
with all personal belongings and follow instructions offered by their property
management company.
 

A
State of Emergency has been issued for all of Dare County with the only
restriction being the mandatory evacuation of Hatteras Island.  During
this time access to Hatteras Island is not allowed.
 

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

Holly Henry July 3, 20141:31 pm

Tornado Watch issued for Dare County until 2AM

Holly Henry July 3, 20141:34 pm

TORNADO WATCH is in effect until 2 AM for much of Eastern and Southeastern North Carolina, including Dare County.

A Tornado Watch means that conditions are favorable for tornadoes to develop.

Holly Henry July 3, 20141:54 pm

Tornado Watch in effect for Dare County until 2 a.m. Hurricane Arthur could spawn isolated tornadoes as the storm approaches the NC Coast. 

Patrick Rockey July 3, 20142:47 pm

Holly Henry July 3, 20143:16 pm

https://twitter.com/ToddCorillo/status/484773469469437952

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https://twitter.com/ToddCorillo/status/484761490470076416

Holly Henry July 3, 20143:21 pm

https://twitter.com/NCDOT_NC12/status/484777211158089728

Becca Mitchell July 3, 20143:22 pm

FESTIVAL OF FIREWORKS IN COROLLA PLANNED
FOR JULY 7

Currituck County will host a Festival of Fireworks on Monday, July 7, at Currituck
Heritage Park in Corolla. This free event will feature music, food vendors,
children’s games, a cornhole tournament, watermelon eating contest, and a
spectacular fireworks display (rescheduled from July 4). Admission
and parking are free; event starts at 5:00 p.m. with fireworks at dusk. In addition, attendees can take a “Rocket Tour” of Historic Whalehead (an abbreviated tour of the first floor and basement of the house) for $6 per person. 

Holly Henry July 3, 20143:29 pm

https://twitter.com/ToddCorillo/status/484779948536651778

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https://twitter.com/ToddCorillo/status/484780754245656576

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https://twitter.com/NadeenWTKR/status/484779982669873152

Becca Mitchell July 3, 20143:31 pm

https://twitter.com/DuckOBX/status/484725305459105793

Becca Mitchell July 3, 20143:31 pm

TOWN OF DUCK

The Town of Duck 4th of July Parade, originally scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Friday, July 4, has been CANCELLED.  Due to logistical reasons, the parade will not be rescheduled.

Doris Taylor July 3, 20143:40 pm

Newport News 4th of July Stars in the Sky Rescheduled for Saturday, July 5, 2014 at Victory Landing Park

At 7:00 p.m., the event begins with free children’s rides (giant slides, moon bounces, and an obstacle course).

Holly Henry July 3, 20143:45 pm

https://twitter.com/ToddCorillo/status/484782901246976001

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https://twitter.com/VaDOTHR/status/484785375085613056

Becca Mitchell July 3, 20143:54 pm

PORTSMOUTH: Due to the forecasted chance of thunderstorms tomorrow evening (Thursday, July 3rd), the fireworks show has been postponed until Saturday, July 5th, 9:15 p.m.

Holly Henry July 3, 20143:56 pm

Notes from Hurricane Arthur News Conference:

“Don’t drown, turn around.”

“Don’t put your stupid hat on.”

“Please do not call 911 to get updates on weather conditions.”

“Crews are sandbagging and securing cranes.”

“Keep yourself out of harm’s way.”

“Be safe, be smart.”

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Tornado remains valid until 2 a.m. Friday for Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Dare County, Hyde, Jones, Onslow, Pamlico, Tyrrell, Washington

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Cook Statement on Hurricane Arthur

Raleigh, N.C. – Senator Bill Cook (R-District 1) issued the following statement on Thursday afternoon, July 03, 2014, about Hurricane Arthur projecting to make landfall in Senate District 1.

“As Hurricane Arthur makes its way up the east coast of North Carolina, I encourage those in Senate District 1 to take all necessary precautions and closely monitor weather updates,” Sen. Bill Cook (R-District 1) said. “Residents and visitors need to take the threat of Hurricane Arthur seriously and evacuate because of the risk of high winds, ocean overwash, and soundside flooding. However, once Hurricane Arthur passes and we recover from any damage, North Carolina beaches will be open for business.”

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Hurricane Arthur at the Frying Pan Tower

Click here to see the video

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Right now, the eye of Hurricane Arthur is headed for the coast of North Carolina. It is now a very strong category 1 hurricane on the verge of becoming a category 2. Winds are now at 90 mph and it is moving Northeast at 13 mph.

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The City of Portsmouth is currently under a Tropical Storm warning due to Hurricane Arthur. 

At no charge,
City of Portsmouth residents may park their vehicles on the second floor and
above of the following garages after 6 p.m. today, July 3rd:  Water St.
Garage, Harbor Court Garage (6’ 2” clearance), Middle Street Garage, and County
Street Garage (1st & 2nd floors only). Vehicles may not park in spaces
marked “24 Hour Reserved.” Vehicles that are not owned by regular garage
renters must be removed by 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 5th.

Also, due to the weather forecast, some of the City’s Independence Day events have been rescheduled.

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As Hurricane Arthur approaches the North Carolina coast Hyde County is bracing for potential impacts of the storm. Hyde County officials have announced a curfew for Ocracoke Island between 8:00 p.m. tonight and 8:00 a.m. Friday morning. A curfew for mainland Hyde will be effective as of 10:00 p.m. tonight through 8:00 a.m. Friday morning. Sale of alcohol in Hyde County is prohibited between 5:00 p.m. today through 8:00 a.m. Friday.

There is no pre-equipped storm shelter on Ocracoke and people who choose to stay should be prepared to be self-supporting. County officials ask all lodging establishments on Ocracoke take every effort to keep their clients out of harms way from 8:00 p.m. Thursday to 10:00 a.m. Friday morning.

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Hurricane Force Winds Expected for All of Dare County
Refuges of Last Resort Now Available

All Dare County residents should 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.

Hurricane Arthur is expected to produce gale force winds on Hatteras Island by 8:00 p.m. tonight and on the northern Dare County beaches by 10:00 p.m. Hurricane force winds develop on Hatteras Island by 1:00 a.m. Friday and on the northern beaches by 2:30 a.m. Make any final preparations now before the strong winds reach the Outer Banks.

Refuges of Last Resort are now available for those who need to escape the path of harm’s way. Refuges of Last Resort are now open at two Dare County Locations – First Flight Middle School in Kill Devil Hills & the Dare County Center in Manteo. Residents and visitors along the oceanfront and in low lying areas north of Oregon Inlet are encouraged to use the Refuges of Last Resort.

Residents and visitors using these facilities will need to bring medications, water, and snacks. Pets, alcoholic beverages, and tobacco products will not be permitted at the Refuges of Last Resort. Directions are listed below for both Refuges of Last Resort.

First Flight Middle School (109 Veterans Drive, Kill Devil Hills)

From Highway 158 (North Croatan Highway) turn west at the traffic light at Ocean Bay Blvd. Continue on Ocean Bay Blvd to the 1st stop light, which is Veterans Drive. Turn left on Veterans Drive and continue to a roundabout traffic circle. Continue thru the circle on Veterans Drive and First Flight Middle School will be on the right.

Dare County Center (950 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo)

Dare County Center is located at 950 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo, NC 27954 on Roanoke Island near the Town of Manteo, at the intersection of Highway 345 and Highway 64 (across from CVS).

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Suffolk fireworks postponed until July 18th

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8 PM Update: Hurricane Arthur has shifted west and a big impact is expected for all of the Outer Banks now. 

Doris Taylor July 3, 20149:07 pm

Arthur is now a category 2. Winds are at 100 mph and gusts at 115. The forecast track has not changed. 

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Bonner Bridge now closed until officials determine it is safe to reopen.

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Remain in Place as Weather Deteriorates

As Hurricane Arthur nears its arrival on the Outer Banks all disaster preparations should be completed. Everyone in Dare County is advised to remain indoors and stay in place as conditions will dramatically worsen as Hurricane Arthur approaches Dare County, The storm will produce gale force winds on Hatteras Island by 8:00 p.m. tonight and on the northern Dare County beaches by 10:00 p.m. Hurricane force winds will develop on Hatteras Island by 1:00 a.m. Friday and on the northern beaches by 2:30 a.m.

The National Weather Service forecasts ocean overwash and soundside flooding throughout Dare County. The latest storm track presents a serious threat of ocean overwash and soundside flooding throughout the 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.

CURFEWS

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.

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Tornado watch issued for counties in Northeast NC until 8
a.m. Friday

These areas include Bertie, Currituck, Camden, Chowan,
Gates, Hertford, Northampton, Pasquotank, and Perquimans. 

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Tornado WARNING issued for Northern Chowan County,
Pasquotank and Perquimans until 10:45 p.m. 

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Tornado WARNING issued for Chowan, Gates, Hertford,
Pasquotank and Perquimans until 11:15 p.m.

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