Initial reports indicate that minimal damage occurred overnight as Isaias moved west of the Outer Banks. Scattered power outages are reported throughout the Outer Banks due to downed trees along with soundside flooding in some low-lying areas. While some soundside waters continue to rise, conditions will improve throughout the day as the storm moves away.
A Tropical Storm Warning and Storm Surge Warning remain in effect but are expected to be lifted today. For updated weather forecasts, including current watches and warnings, visit weather.gov/mhx.
Damage assessments began this morning and local officials will provide an update regarding reentry to Hatteras Island as soon as possible, once the assessment is completed.
A High Surf Advisory and Beach Hazards Statement are in effect and dangerous ocean conditions are expected to remain through the week. Inexperienced swimmers should remain out of the water. The prohibition for swimming along beaches on Hatteras Island remains in effect.
The Town administrative office will open for business at 12:00 p.m. today. We continue to limit contact due to COVID. Please call or email to access our remote services.
Isaias effects in Duck are minor at this time. Officials continue to monitor Duck Rd (NC 12) for potential overwash, which is still possible in the next few hours. Please remain vigilant and heed public safety instruction should water levels rise.
Please check weather.gov/mhx/beach for beach conditions before you go. Follow lifeguard instructions when you arrive.
Recycle Schedule Change—recycle collection service has been moved to Thursday, August 6
The Tuesday, August 4 Council meeting has been cancelled. The next meeting Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 18 at 9:00 a.m.
The Town of Kitty Hawk has seen wind damage and several trees have been cleared from the roadways. There are some areas without power.
Moore Shore Road is currently flooded and water is rising in low lying areas and sound side. Please be aware as the storm leaves the area, the flooding will continue. Remain prepared and be cautious.
Town offices are open. The Town’s Recycle Center is closed today. It will reopen on Thursday, August 6, 2020.
Reminders: The Town of Kill Devil Hills’ offices and the Dry Trash Drop Off and Recycle Center will open at 11:00 a.m. today Tuesday, August 4, 2020; however, due to COVID-19, all offices are accessible by appointment only. If you have business with the Town, call, email, or visit our website for assistance.
Today’s typical refuse collection of the West Side was suspended and will be collected on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. For recycling customers, Outer Banks Hauling will also be following this adjusted schedule.
Kill Devil Hills fared well through Isaias; however, soundside waters may continue to rise this morning. Stay safe and DO NOT walk on or drive onto water-covered roads. Entering a flooded area risks your life and the lives of people that may be sent to rescue you.
Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn around, don’t drown!
Soundside water levels can be monitored at https://fiman.nc.gov/.
Use caution when picking up any yard debris. Due to potential debris and damage to fences, be sure to check your yard before letting your dogs out.
Red “No Swimming” flags are posted on Nags Head’s beach today, Tuesday, August 4, due to a high threat of rip currents. Red flags mean swimming in the ocean is prohibited until these conditions subside and the flags are lowered. For more information visit ow.ly/tNOz50AQeD1.
Although the winds of Isaias are dying down, floodwaters are rising quickly. Storm surge was forecast at 2-4 feet, and downtown streets, the marina docks & boardwalk, and adjacent areas are flooding already. Streets currently or predicted to be impacted include, but are not limited to, Queen Elizabeth, Fernando, Agona, Sir Walter Raleigh, Old Tom, Budleigh, Ananias Dare, and Croatan. Additional areas may be impacted, so please do not go around barricades. Please observe police direction where given. For your safety, DO NOT enter floodwaters, whether on foot or in a car.
Town staff from Public Works to Police to Water & Sewer continue to deliver services, and Public Works employees are picking up storm debris. Also, you will see staff from Planning and Administration who will be in all neighborhoods performing damage assessments today. If you have damage to report, please call Town Hall at 473-2133.
Please continue to be careful as we work together to recover from Isaias.
Staff at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial will begin post-storm assessments this morning. Once a determination is made on the status of park beaches and facilities, the Operational Status Report web page for each national park unit will be updated.
Operational Status Report Links
Cape Hatteras National Seashore – https://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/operational-status-report.htm
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site – https://www.nps.gov/fora/planyourvisit/operational-status-report.htm
Wright Brothers National Memorial – https://www.nps.gov/wrbr/planyourvisit/operational-status-report.htm
Dare County offices on Hatteras Island are closed today and will reopen on Wednesday morning, August 5. County offices north of Oregon Inlet remain on their regular schedule.
Dare County District Court scheduled for today has been cancelled. The Dare County Clerk of Courts will be continuing all cases with new court dates posted by Friday August 7. If you have any questions about your new court date, call the Clerk of Courts Office on Friday between 8:30 am and 5:00 p.m., email your questions to [email protected] or sign up for court date alerts via text or email at https://www3.nccourts.org/onlineservices/notifications/menu.sp
All court scheduled for Wednesday August 5, 2020 will operate on a normal schedule.
Trash collection for the residential areas of Manteo (outside Town limits), Wanchese, Skyco, Manns Harbor, East Lake and Stumpy Point that was scheduled for today will now take place on Wednesday, August 5.
The Manns Harbor Transfer Station, the C&D Landfill, and the Buxton Transfer Station will reopen on Wednesday, August 5.
The next update will be issued no later than 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4.
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