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Hurricane Updates 2017

updated 9/25/17

Hurricane Maria

We expect Hurricane Maria to bring gusty winds (30 - 50MPH) to our area on Tuesday and Wednesday and ocean overwash -- especially at high tide. 

At this time, a mandatory evacuation order has been issued for Visitors on Ocracoke and Hatteras Island ONLY!  No Atlantic Realty properties are subject to these evacuation orders.  Below is the latest bulletin from Dare County Emergency Management. 

The Dare County Control Group met this morning and has declared a state of emergency for Dare County, issuing a mandatory evacuation for all Hatteras Island visitors effective at 12 noon today. Visitors on Hatteras Island should pack all of their belongings and depart before conditions deteriorate and driving becomes hazardous. Be sure to communicate with your accommodations provider before leaving.

Hurricane Maria will pass about 150 miles southeast of Dare County bringing significant impacts including high winds for a long duration, and significant ocean and sound overwash and flooding. It is likely that roads will become impassable for extended periods and emergency response may be limited at the height of the storm.  

Motorists should proceed with caution, drive slowly through standing water, and stay off Highway 12 during periods of high tide. Soundside flooding is also expected, particularly for the southernmost villages of Hatteras Island.

Now is the time to ensure you are ready by taking personal planning and preparations seriously – ensure that your emergency kit is properly stocked and that your emergency plan is ready to implement. For preparedness tips and information, visit

If you or someone you know has special medical needs and may need assistance, please call the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services, Social Services Division at 252.475.5500 to register.  The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Travel Insurance Policy:

Please be aware that once a storm is named, Travel Insurance protection cannot be purchased for coverage on that particular storm.  For specific questions regarding Travel Insurance coverage or to make a claim, please contact Red Sky Travel Insurance at