LIVE Blog: Hurricane Arthur leaves behind some damage, flooding

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Doris Taylor July 3, 201411:24 pm

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

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Update: Center of
Hurricane Arthur makes landfall According to the National Hurricane Center’s 11:30 update, hurricane Arthur has now made landfall. Winds are still at 100 mph and the storm is moving NE at 18 mph.

Doris Taylor July 3, 201411:53 pm

Update: Center of Hurricane Arthur makes landfall According to the National Hurricane Center’s 11:30 update, hurricane Arthur has now made landfall. Winds are still at 100 mph and the storm is moving NE at 18 mph.

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Restricted Access Into Dare County Friday Morning

Access into Dare County on Friday morning, July 4, will be restricted until preliminary assessments have been completed to determine that conditions are safe for travel. Restrictions will be lifted as quickly as the assessment can be completed. Access to Hatteras Island will remain closed until further notice.

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Tornado WARNING issued for Norfolk, Hampton, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach until 1:30 a.m.

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TORNADO WARNING issued for Chesapeake, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach until 2 a.m. 

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Tornado Watch issued for Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Virginia Beach until 8 a.m. 

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The Tornado warnings for portions of Hampton Roads have now expired 

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Tornado watch issued for Dare, Hyde, Tyrell, Washington until 8 a.m.

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Tropical Update
The eye of Hurricane Arthur is moving near mainland Dare County and the northern Pamlico Sound as hurricane conditions spread along the Outer Banks. Arthur is centered about 25 miles SSW of Manteo, NC and 35 miles NW of Cape Hatteras, NC. Maximum sustained winds are near 100 mph with higher gusts. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the center. Tropical Storm force winds extend outward up to 150 miles. Little change in strength is expected over the next few hours but Arthur is expected to weaken later today. Arthur is moving northeast at 22 mph and will continue to increase in forward speed. The center of Arthur will track over the northern Outer Banks this morning.
 
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for coastal areas from Bogue Inlet NC to the VA/NC line, including the Outer Banks, eastern Albemarle, the Pamlico Sound and eastern Albemarle Sound.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for areas from the NC/VA line to Cape Charles, including Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and western Albemarle Sound.
Doris Taylor July 4, 20143:38 am

Tornado watch remains in effect for Camden, Currituck, and Pasquotank. 

This also includes Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Virginia Beach. 

Becca Mitchell July 4, 20144:12 am

The tornado watch for Camden, Currituck, Pasquotank, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk and Virginia Beach has been CANCELLED.

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Northeastern North Carolina Power Outage Numbers:
Last Updated: 7/4/2014 4:40 am

County/City Customers Served Customers Out
Bertie 3,932 46
Currituck  17,002 7
Dare 30,841 739
Martin 9,841 24
Tyrrell 2,404 6
Washington 5,945 1,337
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Tropical Update

The eye of Hurricane Arthur is now moving offshore of the Outer
Banks. Arthur is centered about 20 miles E of Kitty Hawk, NC and 85 miles SE of
Norfolk, VA. Maximum sustained winds are near 100 mph with higher gusts.
Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the center. Tropical
Storm force winds extend outward up to 125 miles. Some weakening is expected
over the next 48 hours. Arthur is moving northeast at 23 mph and will continue
to increase in forward speed.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for coastal areas from Bogue
Inlet NC to the VA/NC line, including the Outer Banks, eastern Albemarle, the
Pamlico Sound and eastern Albemarle Sound.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for areas from the NC/VA
line to Cape Charles, including Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk,
Portsmouth, the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and western Albemarle Sound.

 

5:00 AM EDT Fri Jul 4

Location: 36.0°N 75.3°W

Moving: NE at 23 mph

Min pressure: 973 mb

Max sustained: 100 mph

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Power outage maps:

Dominion Power: https://www.dom.com/storm-center/dominion-electric-outage-map.jsp

Duke Energy: http://outagemap.duke-energy.com/ncsc/default.html

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Dorothy Killingsworth with Dare County Emergency Management says they received no distress calls overnight, but recommends residents stay put until the storm threat is over.

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The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is currently experiencing winds of 47 miles per
hour, or LEVEL 2. The following types of vehicles will not be
allowed to cross the facility during LEVEL 2 wind restrictions:

- motorcycles
- large pick-up campers
- camper trailers
- house trailers
- anything being towed
- automobiles with car top carriers, luggage racks, etc.
- vehicles with any exterior cargo empty tractor trailers, not to include empty tanker trucks
- small six-wheel trucks such as moving vans, rental trucks, school buses, etc.

Tractor trailers must gross 30,000 pounds payload in addition to the weight of the
rig and six-wheel trucks must gross 15,000 pounds payload in addition to the
weight of the rig in order to be allowed to cross the facility during LEVEL
2 wind restrictions.

Tractors without trailers are allowed to cross.

For a complete list of wind levels and restrictions, please click here. Please note that due to the environment of this facility, these restrictions may change at any
time.

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Power Outages – Southeastern Virginia

Chesapeake 99,446 176
Hampton 62,554 157
James City 35,820 223
Newport News 80,956 216
Norfolk 95,339 21
Poquoson 5,256 4
Suffolk 34,490 2
Virginia Beach 194,261 265
Williamsburg 6,123 109
York 28,862 417
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Power Outages – North Carolina

Bertie 3,962 10
Currituck 17,002 97
Dare 30,841 851
Martin 9,841 5
Tyrrell 2,404 126
Washington 5,945 1,316
Becca Mitchell July 4, 20146:20 am

Bonita Harris from Dominion Power talks to Kristen Crowley about power outages:

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Norfolk, VA – Trash collection and recycling will take place as scheduled on Friday morning, July 4. Residents are asked to secure the trash can lids and remove the cans once the trash is picked up.  

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.

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

Norfolk Cares Impact Center is available through the storm to answer questions 664-6510

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Dominic Brown is live from Corolla:

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Access No Longer Restricted Into Northern Dare County

Entry to the northern portions of Dare County is no longer restricted. This allows access to the Towns and unincorporated areas north of Oregon Inlet. While general access to these areas is now permitted, you may encounter particular roads where local officials need to restrict access because of potential hazards.

Access to Hatteras Island will remain closed until further notice. This affects access from northern Dare County to the Villages of Hatteras Island including Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras.

Damage assessment teams will be in the field throughout Dare County as soon as conditions allow.

Safety is an important consideration following a hurricane as homeowners and businesses begin to survey their property. During this process watch for outdoor hazards including loose or dangling power lines and water on roadways. All motorists are advised to proceed with caution.

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Becca Mitchell July 4, 20147:09 am

Tropical Update
The eye of Hurricane Arthur continues moving offshore of the Outer Banks. Arthur is centered about 65 miles ENE of Kitty Hawk, NC and 95 miles ESE of Norfolk, VA. Maximum sustained winds are still near 100 mph with higher gusts. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the center. Tropical Storm force winds extend outward up to 125 miles. Some weakening is expected over the next 48 hours. Arthur is moving northeast at 23 mph and will continue to increase in forward speed.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for coastal areas from Ocracoke Inlet NC to the VA/NC line, including the Outer Banks, eastern Albemarle, the Pamlico Sound and eastern Albemarle Sound.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for areas from the NC/VA line to Cape Charles, including Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and western Albemarle Sound.

7:00 AM EDT Fri Jul 4
Location: 36.5°N 74.7°W
Moving: NE at 23 mph
Min pressure: 973 mb
Max sustained: 100 mph

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The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is currently experiencing winds of 60 miles per hour, or LEVEL 4. The only types of vehicles allowed to cross the facility at this time are: automobiles without exterior cargo, pick-up trucks without exterior cargo, minivans, SUVs

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NORFOLK UPDATE: As of 6am we have only received reports of minor flooding and a downed tree.

Becca Mitchell July 4, 20148:28 am

Currituck County Emergency Management reports that Currituck County sustained little damage throughout the hurricane.

Despite Arthur strengthening to a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 100 mph, a last minute slight shift to the east helped to limit the damage.

At this time, no reports of any injuries or major property damage have been reported.

Reports of some downed trees have come in, but none that affect any roadways.

The Wright Memorial Bridge is now open and entry into Dare County is no longer restricted.

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Becca Mitchell July 4, 20149:06 am

Tropical Update

Hurricane Arthur begins to weaken as it moves away from North Carolina. Arthur is centered about 130 miles east of Norfolk, VA. Maximum sustained winds are still near 90 mph with higher gusts. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the center. Tropical Storm force winds extend outward up to 125 miles. Continued weakening is expected over the next 48 hours. Arthur is moving northeast at 23 mph and will continue to increase in forward speed as it tracks away from the NC/VA coast.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for coastal areas from Ocracoke Inlet NC to the VA/NC line, including the Outer Banks, eastern Albemarle, the Pamlico Sound and eastern Albemarle Sound.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for areas from the NC/VA line to Cape Charles, including Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and western Albemarle Sound.

9:00 AM EDT Fri Jul 4
Location: 37.1°N 74.0°W
Moving: NE at 23 mph
Min pressure: 976 mb
Max sustained: 90 mph

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LIVE NOW: Press Conference with NC Governor Pat McCrory on Hurricane Arthur: http://wtkr.com/on-air/live-stream-2/

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As Arthur Passes, Stay Out of the Ocean

As the weather returns to normal, Virginia Beach urges beachgoers to stay out of the ocean today. The surf is still dangerous.

Lifeguards will staff the beaches and monitor conditions at the resort, Croatan and Sandbridge. Red flags will caution beachgoers to avoid the ocean. Virginia Beach Emergency Medical Services urges extra caution today and possibly tomorrow.

Becca Mitchell July 4, 20149:55 am

From Dare County Emergency Management:
Damage assessment teams are in the field throughout Dare County today surveying the effects of Hurricane Arthur.

Preliminary assessments indicate that overall Dare County did not suffer the impact as severely as forecasts suggested. Some of the areas that are prone to soundside flooding are dealing with high water levels this morning. Dare County officials are thankful that there was no loss of life or serious injury reported as a result of the storm.

There are scattered power outages throughout Dare County. Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative crews are out in the field on Hatteras Island working on restoration efforts. Hatteras Island outages now stand at 750. CHEC has energized the Hatteras Village dock circuit.

Dare County Emergency Management is working closely with NCDOT as their crews work to assess NC Highway 12 on Hatteras Island and survey the Bonner Bridge to assure that it did not sustain damage during the storm. In the meanwhile, access to and from Hatteras Island on Highway 12 will remain closed until further notice. This includes the Villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras.

Motorists are advised to proceed with caution. Although general access to northern Dare County is no longer restricted, you may encounter particular roads where local officials need to restrict access because of potential hazards.

Becca Mitchell July 4, 20149:55 am

Town of Duck: The Town of Duck appears to have faired the storm well. Town officials are watching the sound to see how high it will rise. There appears to have been no significant beach erosion.

Residential solid waste curbside collection will occur on Saturday, July 5 due to Independence Day falling on a regular collection day, Friday, July 4, 2014.

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Town of Kitty Hawk: The Town of Kitty Hawk is in the process of performing damage assessment and operations have returned to normal. While some homes along NC 12 have received minor damage from wind, there was no ocean overwash. There is some minor flooding along Kitty Hawk Road, however the Sound appears to be stabilizing.

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Town of Southern Shores: No major damage in Southern Shores. Some tree blockages of streets being cleared. Normal standing storm water on NC 12 exists but minimal. Beach ready for business this afternoon. Trash collection Saturday.

Becca Mitchell July 4, 201410:00 am

Peak Wind Gusts

North Carolina

USCG Hatteras 89
Hatteras Mitchell Field 72
Oregon Inlet 69
Duck 64
Manteo 52
Kill Devil Hills 52
Elizabeth City 49
Shiloh 45
Currituck 40
Edenton 40
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Peak Wind Gusts

Southside

Cape Henry 58
Oceana 54
Norfolk NAS 44
CBBT 53
Suffolk 44
Ocean View 44
Back Bay 44
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Peak Wind Gusts

Peninsula

Hampton 47
Newport News 41
Coleman Bridge 40
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Peak Wind Gusts

Eastern Shore

Kiptopeke         51

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From the City of Norfolk: 

Tree limbs down 8900 block Chesapeake Blvd.

 

GRANBY STREET & I-64E HIGHWAY
(flooded street)
4TH VIEW STREET & W OCEAN VIEW AVENUE (flooded street)

6700 BLOCK OF AZALEA GARDEN ROAD (flooded street)
8100 SHORE DRIVE(flooded street)
1800 BLOCK OF PARKVIEW AVENUE  (flooded street)
7900 BLOCK OF HAMPTON BOULEVARD  (flooded street)
8000 BLOCK OF HAMPTON BOULEVARD  (flooded street)

8100 BLOCK OF HAMPTON BOULEVARD (flooded street)

8100 BLOCK OF SHORE DRIVE  (flooded street)
19TH BAY STREET & PLEASANT AVENUE (flooded street) 8100 GRANBY STREET
(downed tree limbs) 

 

Recreation, Parks and Open Space crews will have the limbs cleaned
up at Forest Lawn Cemetery by 2pm today.

Becca Mitchell July 4, 201410:31 am

From the City of Virginia Beach: Virginia Beach suffered little damage from Hurricane Arthur, despite tropical storm winds and heavy rain.

“Our wide beaches did what they were supposed to do – keeping the heavy surf away from homes and businesses,” said Mayor Will Sessoms. “Storm drainage improvements throughout the city helped keep neighborhoods dry. No roads were impassable.”

At the peak, about 2,000 homes lost power. Dominion Virginia Power is quickly restoring electricity.

As a reminder:
• The beaches are red-flagged and swimming is prohibited. The surf is still dangerous.
• There will be no fireworks today at the Oceanfront or Mount Trashmore. They have been moved to Saturday night at 9:30.
• Trash will be collected tomorrow for those who normally have collections today.
• All city facilities are closed because of the July 4 holiday, except the Virginia Aquarium, the Animal Control and Adoption Center, the Visitors Center and city parks.

Becca Mitchell July 4, 201410:43 am

Rainfall Totals


North Carolina

Frisco 2.00″
Kill Devil Hills 1.30″
Moyock 1.47″
Elizabeth City 1.33″
Edenton 1.30″
Ahoskie 1.07″
Hertford 0.96″
Currituck 1.23″
Windsor 1.86″

Rainfall Totals


Southside

Norfolk 1.49″
Norfolk NAS 1.03″
Portsmouth 1.21″
Great Bridge 1.10″
Back Bay 1.30″
Virginia Beach 1.05″
Suffolk 1.16″
Wakefield 1.38″
Franklin 0.77″

Rainfall Totals


Peninsula

Poquoson 1.79″
Langley AFB 1.07″
Newport News 0.88″
Yorktown 0.82″
Williamsburg 1.54″

Rainfall Totals


Eastern Shore

Melfa 1.48″
Chincoteague .073″
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Becca Mitchell July 4, 201411:00 am

Tropical Update

Hurricane Arthur continues tracking away from the North Carolina
and Virginia coasts. Arthur is centered about 100 miles ESE of Ocean City, MD.
Maximum sustained winds are still near 90 mph with higher gusts. Hurricane
force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the center. Tropical Storm force
winds extend outward up to 125 miles. Continued weakening is expected over the
next 48 hours. Arthur is moving northeast at 24 mph and will continue on this
track with a slight increase in forward speed.

 

Hurricane Warning has been canceled for all of NC.

A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for areas from the NC/VA
line to Cape Charles, including Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk,
Portsmouth, and the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.

 

11:00 AM EDT Fri Jul 4

Location: 37.7°N 73.4°W

Moving: NE at 24 mph

Min pressure: 976 mb

Max sustained: 90 mph

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Doris Taylor July 4, 201412:17 pm

The City of Norfolk is closing Forrest Lawn Cemetery for now
because trees are down and people are out there walking around.

They need to close for the safety of the people so they
can get everything cleaned up.

Doris Taylor July 4, 201412:50 pm

Infrastructure and Emergency Support Crews Working to Restore Normal Operations in Hyde

Major Updates:
• Hyde County officials have declared a curfew for Ocracoke Island between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. each day until power is fully restored.
• Tideland EMC estimates restoration of power to mainland Hyde by this afternoon.
• Power restoration for Ocracoke Island is projected for Sunday night. Tideland EMC hopes to begin powering 1/3 of Ocracoke via generator power around 3:00 p.m. this afternoon. A rotation schedule will be coming out shortly.
Preliminary Post-Storm Assessment:

Hurricane Arthur has resulted in minor damage both on mainland Hyde and Ocracoke Island. Overall the county avoided severe impacts of the storm. Early morning field assessments across the county show downed trees, medium sized debris, and some roof damage. Much of mainland Hyde is now with power, the remaining should be restored by this afternoon. Arthur resulted in 40 downed electrical poles on Ocracoke. Tideland EMC estimates full restoration of power to the Island Sunday night. While there are no reports of road closures on the mainland, NC12 on the north end of Ocracoke does have some overwash.

Access To and From Ocracoke Island:

Currently all ferry routes servicing Ocracoke are suspended, but crews are testing the channels now. The NC Ferry Division hopes to have the Cedar Island and Swan Quarter routes operable by early afternoon. Visit NCDOT.gov/ferry for the most recent information. Ferry tolls for departures from Ocracoke are still waived and any remaining visitors are strongly encouraged to leave the Island as soon as ferry operations resume. Visitor access to Ocracoke Island will be restricted until further notice.

Access to Ocracoke Island today Friday, July 4, 2014 will be strictly limited to emergency and infrastructure personnel. Beginning Saturday, July 5, 2014 residents and property owners will be granted re-entry if they can produce any of the following documents:
• Unexpired Ocracoke re-entry hangtag from Hyde County (any color)
• Expired Ocracoke re-entry hangtag or sticker from Hyde County (any color)
• North Carolina Drivers License with Ocracoke listed as residence
• Documentation with proof of owning property on Ocracoke (ie: tax record)
Repairs and Clean Up on Ocracoke:

Residents and businesses owners on Ocracoke are asked to keep debris material on their property until waste management services are able to get on the Island and replenish dumpsters at the Ocracoke solid waste facility. Information about chipping services will be released as soon as possible.
Until power is fully restored please exercise water conservation as the Ocracoke water plant is operating on generator power. Tideland estimates 1/3rd of the village will have generator power around 3:00 p.m. today. A rotation schedule will be coming out shortly.

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Flooding caused
by Hurricane Arthur on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, July 4, 2014, is
photographed from a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station
Elizabeth City.

The Coast Guard
is in the process of assessing damage in the wake of Hurricane Arthur.

U.S. Coast Guard
photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Weydert

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Trailers damaged
by Hurricane Arthur on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, July 4, 2014, are
viewed from a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth
City.

The Coast Guard
is in the process of assessing damage in the wake of Hurricane Arthur.

U.S. Coast Guard
photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Weydert

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Coast
Guard Rear Adm. Stephen Metruck, 5th District commander (center), prepares to
board an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter at Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina
to assess damage from Hurricane Arthur on the Outer Banks, July 4, 2014.

Coast Guard crews are in the process of assessing damage from the storm.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Weydert

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From NCDOT:

Many of you have been asking about the status of the inspection of the Bonner Bridge. Our sonar and dive crews are on standby. However, they will not be able to launch until water conditions are safe. Those folks must get very, very close to the bridge pilings in order to do the inspection, and you can imagine
the safety risk rough water and strong currents would pose to them in post-hurricane conditions. Also, the divers must be able to clearly see the condition of the pilings, so water clarity is a factor. After a storm like Arthur, it can take a while for sediment in the water to settle and clear. As soon as we get updates on these conditions and the activity of our crew we will post it here. Rest assured. We will also update you as son as we have any additional information on the rest of NC 12. Thank you so much for your support and patience. We hope, after the excitement of Hurricane Arthur, that y’all are safe and can have a wonderful Fourth of July.

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Hurricane Arthur’s Impacts Felt along Outer Banks, NCDOT Crews Working to Assess Damage to N.C. 12

RALEIGH – Hurricane Arthur has moved out of North Carolina, but not before impacting some highways along the coast. N.C. Department of Transportation crews are working to clear sand in some areas, while assessments of damage are continuing in others. While many areas of the coast escaped the brunt of the storm, parts of N.C. 12 from south of the Bonner Bridge to Ocracoke Island along the Outer Banks are impassable due to sand, water and downed power lines on the roadway. That section of the highway is currently closed to traffic. Some areas continue to be impacted by soundside flooding which will take some time to recede.

“We urge people to stay off the road as much as possible in the impacted areas and allow our crews to complete the work necessary to reopen the road and get residents and visitors back to Hatteras Island as quickly as possible,” said Transportation Secretary Tony Tata.
Crews are now assessing the area to determine the extent of the damage and begin repairs. Repair work could begin on a section of pavement on N.C. 12 that buckled near the temporary bridge on Pea Island as early as this afternoon. Additionally, crews will inspect the Bonner Bridge, the only link to Hatteras Island, as soon as conditions are stable enough to safely conduct underwater sonar scans on the integrity of the bridge. The bridge is not expected to reopen today.

The NCDOT Ferry Division will inspect the channels as soon as water conditions permit and hopes to resume some runs to Ocracoke Island by late afternoon.

Areas south of the Outer Banks, including the Crystal Coast and Wilmington, saw some minor flooding and downed trees. Maintenance crews are working today to remove any debris from the roadway to ensure safe travel for motorists.

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Repairs Underway for NC Highway 12 on Hatteras Island.

NCDOT is working on Hatteras Island to assess NC Highway 12 and make repairs in an effort to restore access to Hatteras Island as quickly as possible.

The Dare County Control Group is maintaining close contact with NCDOT officials on their efforts to restore access to Hatteras Island. As soon as a determination is made that Highway 12 is safe for passage, officials will assess whether access can safely be provided to all Hatteras Island Villages, and that the necessary infrastructure is in place to provide essential goods and services. At that time a reentry advisory will be announced. Until then, access to and from Hatteras Island on Highway 12 will remain closed. This includes the Villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras.

The 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.

There is no restricted access to the areas of Dare County North of Oregon Inlet including the Towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, and Manteo, as well as the unincorporated areas of Martin’s Point, Colington, Wanchese, Roanoke Island, Manns Harbor, East Lake, and Stumpy Point.

CAPE HATTERAS ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE
Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative crews have energized all of the major village circuits that experienced outages in the wake of Hurricane Arthur. Crews are now working to restore around 325 individual outages across Hatteras Island.

HATTERAS ISLAND WATER SERVICE
The Cape Hatteras EMC has restored normal power to the Joseph “Mac” Midgett Water Plant. Water system demands have returned to normal. The Dare County Water Department would like to thank the residents and visitors for their invaluable assistance in reporting the numerous water system leaks to our water distribution staff which greatly reduced the response time for finding and making the repairs.

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Park staff are continuing field assessments this afternoon in all three parks. All facilities remain closed at this time. Further information on re-opening facilities will be disseminated tomorrow.
TOWN OF DUCK
Duck Surf Rescue staff are replacing lifeguard stands and patrolling Duck beaches on four wheel drives today. Surf Rescue advises beach goers to stay out of the water due to surf conditions and storm debris. See images from Duck on the Town of Duck Flickr and Facebook albums.

TOWN OF MANTEO
All street closures have been lifted. All Town services have been restored to their regular operations and schedules.

TOWN OF SOUTHERN SHORES
Southern Shores beaches open for July 4th holiday. Beach lifeguards operational. Reminder – no fireworks, including no “Chinese lanterns” allowed.

Doris Taylor July 4, 20142:38 pm

Virginia Beach Fared Well During Hurricane Arthur

Virginia Beach suffered little damage from Hurricane Arthur, despite tropical storm winds and heavy rain.

“Our wide beaches did what they were supposed to do – keeping the heavy surf away from homes and businesses,” said Mayor Will Sessoms. “Storm drainage improvements throughout the city helped keep neighborhoods dry. No roads were impassable.”

At the peak, about 2,000 homes lost power. Dominion Virginia Power is quickly restoring electricity.

As a reminder:
• The beaches are red-flagged and swimming is prohibited. The surf is still dangerous.
• There will be no fireworks today at the Oceanfront or Mount Trashmore. They have been moved to Saturday night at 9:30.
• Trash will be collected tomorrow for those who normally have collections today.
• All city facilities are closed because of the July 4 holiday, except the Virginia Aquarium, the Animal Control and Adoption Center, the Visitors Center and city parks.

Patrick Rockey July 4, 20143:29 pm

Doris Taylor July 4, 20143:43 pm

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew conducts a flight over Hatteras Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, July 4, 2014 to survey Hurricane Arthur’s impact.

The Coast Guard is in the process of assessing damage caused by the hurricane and re-opening waterways.

U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Weydert.


Doris Taylor July 4, 20143:44 pm


Doris Taylor July 4, 20144:42 pm

Doris Taylor July 4, 20144:46 pm

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