Emergency Weather Information for the Outer Banks
Tropical Storm warnings and watches compared to Hurricane watches and warnings can be confusing. When a State of Emergency is called think of it as local authorities calling for preparedness. This allows them to make quicker decisions about how to place and direct police, fire, and EMS, call for evacuations if needed, and ask for assistance from other entities in the state. We will try to help explain the differences.
HELPFUL WEATHER LINKS:
NWS provides weather forecasts and warnings for the United States.
Sign up to receive emergency alerts for time-critical notifications.
A live look at current weather conditions from cameras along the OBX coastline.
KNOW THE DIFFERENCE
Hurricane Watch A hurricane watch means there is a potential for severe conditions where sustained winds of 64 knots (74 mph or 119 km/hr) or higher are possible within the specified area in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds.
Hurricane Warning An announcement that sustained winds of 64 knots (74 mph or 119 km/hr) or higher are expected somewhere within the specified area in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post tropical cyclone. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds. The warning can remain in effect when dangerously high water or a combination of dangerously high water and waves continue, even though winds may be less than hurricane force.
Mandatory Evacuation If officials have called for a mandatory evacuation, all visitors must evacuate. It is not safe for visitors to stay on the Outer Banks during a mandatory evacuation. The bridges will close and the possibility of danger may increase to life threatening conditions. There are only two Dare County Evacuation Routes and no shelters on the island.
Learn Our Policy
For information about our Company Policy regarding weather related situations. Please refer to Paragraphs 8, 9, and 11 of your rental agreement.
- Turn off all electrical appliances and turn the AC to 80 degrees.
- Please assist the homeowner by securing deck furniture. Secure trash containers and grills in the outside showers or under the home.
- Pull the shades or blinds down. Close and lock all windows and doors.
- Take all your belongings in case you are unable to return.
- If you are in a home with traditional locks bring any keys back to our office.
- Remember there are no emergency shelters in Dare County or surrounding areas.
- Gas up your vehicle and leave as early as possible to reach your destination safely.