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Hurricane Dorian: Currituck County Under Hurricane Watch

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CURRITUCK COUNTY IS UNDER:  HURRICANE WATCH & STORM SURGE WATCH

Currituck County is now under a hurricane & storm surge watch. Details listed below.

Currituck Count has issued a mandatory evacuation for all visitors starting today at 8:00 a.m. Visitors are asked to vacate their vacation rental home no later than 3 hours out from 8:00 a.m. This will allow CCV crews to storm prep each property. Please remember to take all belongings with you. We cannot be responsible for any items left behind. Do not plan on being able to come back and retrieve items left at the rental property.

Watches and Warnings

A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.

A storm surge watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours.

Wind

The strongest wind is expected late Thursday night into Friday. Tropical storm force wind could develop as early as Thursday afternoon over Northeast North Carolina, with the wind peaking Friday morning into Friday afternoon.

Hurricane force wind is possible, especially over coastal communities. This strong wind will have the ability to knock down trees and weak structures, and cause power outages.

Storm Surge

Based on the current forecast, inundation of 2 to 3 feet above ground is possible in coastal Northeast North Carolina.

Even a small shift in the track could change what locations may see the most significant inundation. Large breaking waves will likely result in moderate to significant beach erosion and ocean overwash along the coast. Vulnerable areas could experience erosion at multiple high tide cycles.

Do not focus on the storm track alone. Impacts will occur well away from the center.

A high threat of rip currents will continue for all area beaches and it is advised to stay out of the water.

Rainfall

Hurricane Dorian will produce heavy rainfall across northeast North Carolina, with moderate impacts possible. The current forecast shows rainfall amounts ranging from 4 to 6 inches, with up to 8 inches possible over northeast North Carolina.

These heavy rainfall amounts in a relative short period of time has the potential to produce flash flooding Thursday night through Friday afternoon.

Important Information

As of 12:00 pm Tuesday, September 3, 2019  RED FLAGS will be posted on Currituck County beaches and will remain up until Hurricane Dorian passes. Please do not swim in the ocean due to the presence of dangerous rip currents.

Due to the forecasted track of Hurricane Dorian, Currituck County is declaring a State of Emergency effective at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Under this State of Emergency, Currituck County is issuing a mandatory evacuation of the Outer Banks communities of Corolla and Carova to begin on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.

City of Chesapeake suspend tolling Northbound (only) on the Route 168 Chesapeake Expressway, effective at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Tolls will remain suspended until further notice.

Trash collection in Corolla will continue on schedule for Wednesday, September 4, 2019.

Vacationers planning to visit Currituck County this weekend should check with their property manager or rental companies to see if access to the Outer Banks will be available. Visitors will not be allowed into the Outer Banks during the evacuation.

STAYING INFORMED:

Please follow our Facebook page and blog https://www.corollaclassicvacations.com/blog for up to date information or use the websites listed below.

Currituck County Website: https://co.currituck.nc.us/

North Carolina Road Conditions: https://www.ncdot.gov/travel-maps/traffic-travel/Pages/default.aspx

Facebook: http://facebook.com/corollaclassicvacationsnc

Corolla Classic Vacations Website: http://corollaclassicvacations.com

FILING A TRAVEL INSURANCE CLAIM:

If you purchased travel insurance, to file a Trip Interruption OR Cancellation claim, insured guests should visit: https://trippreserver.com/sun-trip-preserver/