Emergency Weather Information


Know The Difference

Hurricane Watch

A hurricane watch means there is a potential for severe conditions where sustained winds of 64 knots (74 mph or 119 km/hr) or higher are possible within the specified area in association with a tropical, sub tropical, or post tropical cyclone. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds.

Hurricane Warning

An announcement that sustained winds of 64 knots (74 mph or 119 km/hr) or higher are expected somewhere within the specified area in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post tropical cyclone. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds. The warning can remain in effect when dangerously high water or a combination of dangerously high water and waves continue, even though winds may be less than hurricane force.


Stay Tuned In 

Television Broadcasts:  The Weather Channel, WAVY- NBC, WTKR-CBS, WVEC -ABC, WVBT- FOX 

Websites: Dare County Emergency ManagementNOAA Weather 

Local Radio: 
92.5FM; 95.3FM; 99.1FM; 104.1FM; 105.7FM 

Mandatory Evacuation

If officials have called for a mandatory evacuation, all visitors must evacuate. It is not safe for visitors to stay on the Island during a mandatory evacuation. The bridges will close and the possibility of danger may increase. 

Trip Insurance

If you purchased trip insurance and want to know about your coverage please click here for policy information from Sun Trip Preserver.  You can view FAQ's or contact them at 1-866-889-7409

Learn Our Policy

For information about Our Company Policy regarding weather please refer to Paragraph 8 and 11 of your rental agreement.

Sign Up for Text Notifications

Text "JOIN DareEmergencyAlerts" to 30890 to sign up for text/voice alerts from Dare County Emergency Management in the event of an emergency. Subscribers will receive beach related NWS Alerts issued 24 hours a day for the Outer Banks. Users will also receive condition reports posted by ocean rescue personnel. 

In addition to text to join, anyone can sign up for Dare County Alerts and Notifications: 

Who Issues an Evacuation?

In North Carolina, local counties have the right to determine when an evacuation will go into effect. When a Dare County Evacuation is in effect this means that all vacationers and visitors must leave the county and either head west inland or head north towards Virginia as there are only two Dare County Evacuation Routes.


 NC EM ,NCDOT/12 ,Dare County EM

If an Evacuation is ordered

Turn off all electrical appliances and turn the AC to 80 degrees at the property you are renting. Put AC units on AUTO setting, not Fan setting. 

Please help out the homeowner by securing deck furniture. Secure trash containers and grills in the outside showers or under the home.

Close and lock all windows and doors.

Pull the shades or blinds down.

Take all of your belongings in case you are unable to return.

Come by the Joe Lamb Office located at 4607 N. Croatan Hwy. in Kitty Hawk at MP 2.7 and be sure to bring any keys to your vacation home with you.

Remember there are no emergency shelters in Dare County or surrounding areas.

Gas up your vehicle and leave as early as possible to reach your destination safely.

Head inland or home, depending on the situation.

Follow Local Weather Authorities on Twitter :

Dare County EM    NC Emergency Management

 National Weather Service 

National Hurricane Center - Atlantic

** There is a possibility that once the storm has passed you can return to finish out your vacation. For re-entry information call us or the NCDOT at 877-511-4662 or call *511.


Priority One:
 Essential personnel

Essential personnel include essential utilities personnel, government personnel, medical personnel, and damage assessment personnel. Essential personnel will receive a Priority One Critical Personnel Pass for re-entry from Municipal Mayors and the Chairman of the Dare County Control Group. 

Priority Two: Essential Personnel for Critical Businesses and Permanent residents 

Permanent Residents will be allowed re-entry with a valid NC driver's license with a local address or a current Dare County tax receipt. Non-resident essential personnel of critical businesses such as food service/supply, pharmacies, banks, gas stations, property management, building supply and hotels will be permitted re-entry only with a permit. Permits issued to critical businesses for non-resident essential employees must meet stringent criteria; contact Emergency Management for more information. 

Priority Three: Non-resident property owners and non-resident employees of non-critical businesses

Re-entry permits were mailed to non-resident property owners in April. Permits were issued one to a household based on tax registration information. Green re-entry permits were dispersed for property owners north of Oregon Inlet. Burgundy re-entry permits were dispersed for property owners south of Oregon Inlet. Non-resident employees of non-critical businesses will be allowed entry with a re-entry pass. Business owners must contact Dare County Emergency Management to receive passes for employees. 

Priority Four: General Public, Visitors

No re-entry pass is needed for Priority Four re-entry.




  • Dare County Weather - Current weather conditions on the Outer Banks. Offered by NOAA.
  • Weather Underground - Current Conditions for Kitty Hawk
  • Outer Banks Webcams - A live look at current weather conditions.
  • NCDOT-12 Twitter - Current road conditions and fast information. 
  • If there is a mandatory Hurricane Evacuation please be mindful, be courteous, be smart and most of all be safe!