MANTEO, N.C. (AP) — The Dare County Sheriff’s Office has established a curfew for local residents as well as for those trying to access Hatteras Island.
A statement issued Monday night said the nightly curfew is in effect from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. until further notice.
The curfew also applies to anyone attempting to gain access to Hatteras Island by any type of watercraft. Officials say Coast Guard boats will be patrolling the area.
Restricted access to Hatteras Island remains in effect. Only those identified by Dare County Emergency Management as essential personnel or persons with special needs are authorized to reenter the island.
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hurricane Irene will not appear in the “Top 10” list of North Carolina hurricanes. Not even close. However, Irene was a good reminder that even a “weak” hurricane or tropical storm can create impressive wind gusts and flooding rain.
The StormTrack 3 Weather Team forecast wind gusts near hurricane force (73+ mph) along coastal counties, with tropical storm force conditions (39-73 mph) possible for inland counties. The official forecast called for rainfall of 6-9 inches in coastal counties. These numbers verified well. You can find a few specific reports listed below.
WIND GUSTS: New Hanover County (Johnny Mercer’s Pier) 70 mph Brunswick County (Bald Head Island) 68 mph Pender County (Holly Shelter) 70 mph Bladen County (Bladen Lakes) 58 mph Columbus County (Whiteville) 48 mph
RAINFALL: New Hanover County (Wilmington) 7.58 in Brunswick County (Southport) 7.84 in Pender County (Holly Shelter) 8.26 in Columbus County (Whiteville) 3.06 in Bladen County (Bladenboro) 2.63 in