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Update from NC DOT, Ferry Division

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 08:08
"There have been some erroneous reports on local radio about operations on our Ocracoke-Hatteras route. Just to be clear: WE ARE TAKING VEHICLE TRAFFIC FROM OCRACOKE TO HATTERAS. Repeat: WE ARE TAKING VEHICLE TRAFFIC."
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From NBCnew.com

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 05:59
"Arthur strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane early Thursday.... Arthur had registered maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and was about 190 miles south-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, the National Hurricane Center said at 4:50 a.m. ET....The National Hurricane Center predicted Arthur would swipe the coast early Friday with winds of up to 85 mph."
We have completed most of our preparations, but will be removing loose objects from porches and outside (including the clam baskets, etc. from the side of my outbuilding) today. My car is parked on a hill in my back yard.














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TROPICAL STORM ARTHUR ADVISORY #4

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 21:36
July 2, 2014 10:00 p.m.Arthur Approaches Hurricane Strength - Ocracoke Residents And Visitors Need To Prepare
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.    Recent data from the National Hurricane Center shows little change in the storm's track.  Sustained tropical storm force winds around 45 MPH are expected to affect Ocracoke between 10:00 p.m. Thursday and 8:00 a.m. Friday.  Peak sustained winds of 65 MPH are expected to occur around 2:00 a.m. Friday.  15-20 foot seas are expected with storm surge projections of 0-3 feet above ground.  Those that 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!  For those leaving, the NC Ferry Division has amended their schedule to increase operations for Ocracoke. 24-hour service to Hatteras is available.  Dare County Emergency Management has announced a mandatory evacuation of Hatteras Island. All access south-bound on to Hatteras Island will be restricted to vendors as of 5:00 a.m. Thursday morning.  Regardless, if you leave Ocracoke on the Hatteras ferry you will be allowed to get off Hatteras Island.  Priority loading for the Hatteras ferry has been suspended for all departures from Ocracoke; priority loading for departures from Hatteras to Ocracoke is still in place. Go to NCDOT.gov/ferry for the most recent information.



Additional Information
Preparation Measures by Tideland EMC:  Tideland is preparing for the storm by sending additional resources to Ocracoke. Tideland has no plans to shut power off in advance of the storm and is prepared to run the Ocracoke generator in the event of a prolonged outage. However, the ability of the generator to power the island in an emergency situation will largely depend on electric load. Therefore, island residents will be asked to practice extreme conservation efforts if the generator is called into service. Power restoration activities do not begin until storm conditions have sufficiently subsided to ensure safe working conditions for utility crews. More information available here.
Preparation Measures by NCDOT:  Along the Outer Banks, crews are staging motor graders, excavators, bulldozers and front-end loaders in Buxton, Kitty Hawk, Ocracoke and Pea Island. NCDOT has more equipment ready to mobilize, if needed, as well as employees prepared to patrol N.C. 12 during and after the storm. More information available here.
NPS Park Closures:  The Outer Banks Group of the National Park Service has announced the following park closures that will affect Ocracoke starting at 12:00 p.m. Noon today: the NPS campground, NPS docks in Silver Lake, NPS visitors center and ORV office, as well as NPS lifeguard operations will close until further notice. All NPS beaches will be closed to off-road vehicles by 9:00 p.m. today until further notice. More information available here.
Ocracoke Independence Day Celebration:  The Ocracoke Independence Day celebration has been reschedule to Saturday, July 5th when the weather is expected to clear up.  More information: http://www.ocracokecurrent.com/
Next update from Hyde County Emergency Services is expected late Thursday morning July 3, 2014.
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TROPICAL STORM ARTHUR ADVISORY #3

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 13:30
July 2, 2014 12:30 p.m.Hyde County Announces Countywide State of Emergency And Voluntary Evacuation for Ocracoke Island 
Based on the most recent data from the National Hurricane Center, Hyde County officials have declared a countywide state of emergency as well as a voluntary evacuation for Ocracoke Island to take effect at 2:00 p.m. today July 2, 2014. 
A state of emergency helps Hyde County acquire state resources and assistance if necessary.  A state of emergency also temporarily suspends tolling for anyone leaving Ocracoke via Pamlico Sound ferries, thereby assisting voluntary evacuation measures. Currently there are no restrictions associated with this state of emergency. The NC Ferry Division will maintain their current schedule of operations for Ocracoke unless traffic demand dictates otherwise.  Go to NCDOT.gov/ferry for the current ferry schedule.
The most recent data from NOAA shows changes to the storm's composure. As of now Ocracoke is expected to encounter sustained winds of tropical storm force beginning between 9:00-10:00 p.m. on Thursday and subsiding by 10:00 am on Friday. The size of the storm is projected to constrict as it approaches the North Carolina coast.  The outer periphery of hurricane force winds will pass roughly 40 miles east of Ocracoke. Peak winds are expected around 1:00 a.m. Friday with sustained winds of 60 mph at that time.  Storm surge is still projected between 0-3 feet above ground.
Residents and visitors are asked to monitor weather reports and take necessary precautions. Go to ReadyNC.org for ideas on emergency supply kits and more information about hurricane preparedness.
Ocracoke Civic and Business has rescheduled activities for the Ocracoke Independence Day celebration to Saturday, July 5th when the weather is expected to clear up.  More information: http://www.ocracokecurrent.com
The Outer Banks Group of the National Park Service has announced the following park closures that will affect Ocracoke starting at 12:00 p.m. Noon today: the NPS campground, NPS docks in Silver Lake, NPS visitors center and ORV office, as well as NPS lifeguard operations will close until further notice. All NPS beaches will be closed to off-road vehicles by 9:00 p.m. today until further notice. More information available here.
Next update from Hyde County Emergency Services is expected around 9:00 p.m. tonight July 2, 2014.
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TROPICAL STORM ARTHUR ADVISORY # 2

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 13:00

July 2, 2014 10:00 a.m.Hurricane Watch Now In Effect For OBX
The National Weather Service has issued a hurricane watch for coastal North Carolina between Bogue Inlet and Oregon Inlet as well as the Pamlico Sound.  Tropical Storm Arthur is moving to the north around 6 MPH and is projected to strengthen into a hurricane by Thursday night as it approaches the Outer Banks. 
The most recent data from the National Hurricane Center shows a decrease in the diameter of the storm.  Locally tropical storm force winds are expected to affect Ocracoke Island between 12:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. Friday morning July 4, 2014.  Hurricane force winds are expected during a narrow window early Friday morning.  Projected rainfall for the immediate coast is 3-4 inches and estimated storm surge is 0-3 feet above ground.
There is still uncertainty about the storm track and strength.  Hyde County officials are closely monitoring Arthur's progress in considering various plans of action.  Residents and visitors are asked to monitor weather reports and take necessary precautions.
Ocracoke Civic and Business is in the process of moving activities for 4th of July celebration to Saturday, July 5th when the weather is expected to clear up. More Info
The Outer Banks Group of the National Park Service has announced the following park closures that will affect Ocracoke starting at 12:00 p.m. noon today: the NPS campground, NPS docks in Silver Lake, NPS visitors center and ORV office, as well as NPS lifeguard operations will close until further notice. All NPS beaches will be closed to off-road vehicles by 9:00 p.m. today until further notice.More Info
Next update from Hyde County Emergency Services is expected at 12:00 p.m. Noon or earlier.
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TROPICAL STORM ARTHUR ADVISORY #1

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:37
July 1, 2014 6:50 p.m.Hyde County Monitoring Progress of Tropical Storm Arthur
The Hyde County Emergency Services Department is currently monitoring Tropical Storm Arthur's progress up the East Coast.  The latest weather forecast from NOAA's National Hurricane Center as of 5:00 p.m. today project Tropical Storm Arthur passing just east off the coast of Ocracoke early morning Friday, July 4, 2014.
Sustained tropical force winds are expected to affect Ocracoke Island around 1:00 a.m. Friday morning July 4, 2014 and lasting until early afternoon.  Hurricane force winds are a predicted possibility Friday morning between 5:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Total projected rainfall on Thursday July 3, 2014 and Friday July 4, 2014 is 2-3 inches.  Local storm surge estimates will become available as Arthur gets closer to North Carolina.
Emergency Services Director Justin Gibbs and County Manager Bill Rich will continue to be in constant contact with regional weather service officials, State Emergency Management, the Hyde County Commissioners, and local business owners regarding the storm's progress and potential impact to Hyde County. 
Please stay alert of further updates from Hyde County Public Information.
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Waiting...

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 05:44
...and preparing.

Although "Arthur" is still just a tropical storm, the system is expected to become a category 1 hurricane by the time it reaches the Outer Banks early Friday morning. Wind speeds by then are forecast to be around 85 miles per hour. However if the storm passes far enough offshore we may be spared the brunt of Arthur.

Nevertheless, we are getting ready for the first named storm of 2014, and will keep you posted as regularly as possible, either here on the Ocracoke Journal or on our Village Craftsmen Facebook page, as events unfold.

Understandably, July 4th events on the island have been canceled. Maybe they will be rescheduled for Saturday.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke's Agnes Scott, direct descendant of Agnes Scott for whom the women's college in Decatur, Georgia is named. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news062114.htm.
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Independence Day Celebration

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 04:49
If you will be on the island this Friday, be ready for the July 4th festivities: morning flag raising ceremony, sand sculpture contest,  village parade, old time square dance, stories, music, and more. The schedule of events is below. (Follow these directions to view a larger image: in Internet Explorer do a right click on the image, then "Open Link in New Tab," then left click on that image to enlarge. In Firefox, do a left click on the image, then a right click to "View Image." Then a left click on photo to enlarge.)




















Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke's Agnes Scott, direct descendant of Agnes Scott for whom the women's college in Decatur, Georgia is named. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news062114.htm.
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs