9/4/19: ACTUAL PICTURES OF DORIAN IN SOUTHERN SHORES: Beaches Are Wide-Open, Supermarkets Are Busy; Post Office Is Closed

The Southern Shores beach at the E. Dogwood Trail access around 12:30 p.m. today. Some people are nonchalantly soaking up the sun.

It is hot. It is humid. It is overcast, with occasional bursts of sunshine. The beaches are scarcely populated and wide-open. Beautiful, despite the red “No Swimming” caution flags fluttering in the breeze. The road traffic is steady, but much lighter than usual at this time of year. Construction crews are working. Harris Teeter in Kitty Hawk is doing a booming business . . .

This is Southern Shores on the Wednesday before the arrival of Hurricane–or, more likely, Tropical Storm–Dorian, the day that Dare County ordered permanent residents to start evacuating.

Judging from the number of grocery carts I observed loaded with bottled water, beer, and wine, I would say that quite a few people are not heeding the “mandatory” order.


Grocery stores: Harris Teeter is open its regular hours today, which means 24/7, according to an employee I asked on-site. Walmart is doing the same. Already shuttered, Food Lion in the Marketplace is closing at 8 p.m. and will not reopen until Saturday.

Pharmacies: CVS and Walgreens are closed. Bear Drugs is open until 7 p.m. I suspect Walmart’s pharmacy is open until 9 p.m., but I did not confirm this.

Gas is available at the Han-Dee Hugo’s in Kitty Hawk.

The Southern Shores Town Hall is open today until 5 p.m. It will be closed Thursday and Friday.

The Kitty Hawk Post Office closed at the end of business yesterday. There will be no mail delivery today.

All bets are off for tomorrow. Enjoy!


Ann, 9/4/19


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