Hurricane Arthur Update: July 4, 2014 5:00 AM

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Hurricane ArthurHurricane Arthur exits Outer Banks near Nags Head and is moving away from the area. Arthur remains a Category Two storm with winds of 100 mph. At 5:00 AM, the center of Arthur was located approximately 20 miles East of Kill Devil Hills.

Access into Dare County on Friday morning, July 4, will be restricted until preliminary assessments have been completed to determine that conditions are safe for travel. Restrictions will be lifted as quickly as the assessment can be completed. Access to Hatteras Island will remain closed until further notice.

Watches And Warnings
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the Dare County Outer Banks and the Currituck County Outer Banks, including Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head.

A Tornado Watch is in effect for the area until 8:00 AM

Evacuation Information
There is no evacuation order for Currituck County (Corolla)

There is no evacuation order for Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills or Nags Head.

A Mandatory Evacuation is underway for Hatteras Island. Access to Hatteras Island is prohibited until further notice.

Read the latest Emergency Information from Dare County [More Details…]

Ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke suspended until further notice. [More Details…]

Storm Reports and Other Information

As Hurricane Arthur exits the area, sustained hurricane-force winds will continue early this morning. Maximum winds are forecast to be in the 70 to 90-MPH range with gusts to 110-MPH.

There remains a threat for combined storm surge and astronomical tide waters up to 6-feet above mean sea level within areas closer to the coast.

There is a threat of soundside flooding as Hurricane Arthur continues to exit the area.

For NC Travel Information, visit NCDOT HERE

For an interactive Power Outage map, visit Dominion Power HERE

Governor Pat McCrory has declared a State of Emergency for coastal North Carolina [More Details…]

For our Current Guests
In preparation for the wind, we ask that you please make sure all loose articles in the yard and on the decks are secure. You may stack the furniture if it is light. If we experience any power outages, please know that the power company in this area is very responsive and will get it restored as quickly as possible. You can also expect possible wind-driven rain under sliders or other leaks and perhaps a few shingles off of the roof. Please report anything unusual to us after the storm has passed.

Carolina Designs will be here at the office from 9 to 5 daily as weather permits and we plan to close at 3 pm on Friday for the holiday. You may email us at service@carolinadesigns.com or call us if we can be of service.

For our Incoming Guests
At this time we are not expecting significant impact to rentals beginning the weekend of July 4-6, 2014. Please understand that we are experiencing high call volume and our phone lines are very busy at this time as we handle current guest concerns and preparations for the approaching storm. We will be performing post-storm assessments where needed and you will be contacted should we discover significant issues with your rental home.

For our Property Owners
In preparation for the wind, we are asking your guests to ensure loose articles in the yard and on decks are secure and to be prepared for temporary power outages. If this occurs, they have been informed the power company in this area is very responsive and will get power restored as quickly as possible. If your home is not occupied this week, or if your guests have chosen to depart due to the storm, Carolina Designs is prepared to secure the property if needed.

Our staff will be here at the office during normal business hours as weather permits and we plan to close at 3PM on Friday for the holiday. You may email us at service@carolinadesigns.com or call us if we can be of service.

For the latest official information on Arthur, please use the following:

Dare County | Currituck County

National Weather Service Arthur Statement for region covering Dare County

National Weather Service Arthur Statement for region covering Currituck County

National Hurricane Center’s Arthur Page

Dare County Emergency Management is on Twitter! Follow @DareCoEM
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