Emergency Weather Information for the Outer Banks

Tropical Storm warnings and watches  Hurricane watches and warnings can be confusing .  When a State of Emergency is called think of it as local authorities calling for preparedness.  That allows them to make quicker decisions about how to place and direct police , fire and EMS,  call for evacuations if need be, and ask for assistance from other entities from the state.   We will try to help explain the differences.  

Hurricane Watch or Warning 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.

Trip Insurance

If you purchased trip insurance and want to know about your coverage please refer to the 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 related situations. Please refer to Paragraph 8 and 11 of your rental agreement.

Stay Informed 

If officials have called for a mandatory evacuation, all visitors must evacuate. It is not safe for visitors to stay on the Outer Banks during a mandatory evacuation. The bridges will close and the possibility of danger may increase to life threatening conditions. There are only two Dare County Evacuation Routes and no shelters on the island. 

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

Websites: Dare County Emergency Management, National Weather Service Forecast Office  

TWITTER :  

https://twitter.com/DareCountyEM 

https://twitter.com/NCEmergency 

https://twitter.com/NCDOT_NC12  

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

Text Notifications from Dare County EMS :

Text  "JOIN DareEmergencyAlerts" to 30890 to sign up for text alerts. Subscribers will receive beach related National Weather Service alerts issued 24 hours a day for the Outer Banks. Users will also receive condition reports posted by ocean rescue personnel. 


Mandatory Evacuation

If officials have called for a mandatory evacuation, all visitors must evacuate. It is not safe for visitors to stay on the Outer Banks during a mandatory evacuation. The bridges will close and the possibility of danger may increase to life threatening conditions. There are only two Dare County Evacuation Routes and no shelters on the island.



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.


HELPFUL WEATHER LINKS:

                                     


OUTER BANKS WEATHER

  • 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.