7/30/20: ISAIAS UPDATE: DARE COUNTY ADVISES VISITORS ARRIVING THIS WEEKEND TO CONSIDER DELAYING TRAVEL; OFFICIALS WILL MEET TOMORROW MORNING TO WEIGH EVACUATION ORDER.

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The Dare County Control Group is likely to make a decision tomorrow morning about whether to issue a mandatory evacuation order.

An ominous bulletin issued this morning by Dare County Emergency Management advises visitors who are scheduled to arrive in the Outer Banks this weekend to “closely watch updated information from the National Weather Service Center and consider delaying arrival until after the storm has passed.”

DCEM is also advising residents and visitors who are already here to begin implementing their hurricane preparedness plans.

Local officials will confer tomorrow morning to “determine whether protective measures are necessary to ensure public safety,” according to the advisory.

See “Residents and Visitors Advised to Prepare and Stay Informed” at https://www.darenc.com/Home/Components/News/News/6506/398

Currently, Isaias, which is being described on The Weather Channel as a “borderline”-Category One hurricane, is approaching the northwestern Bahamas. It is expected to head toward the eastern coast of Florida.

A likely scenario presented by the National Weather Service calls for the storm to stay off-shore as it continues in a northeasterly direction away from Florida.

A mandatory evacuation of all visitors and property owners is already in effect for Ocracoke Island.

Hyde County commissioners ordered all visitors to evacuate Ocracoke Island, effective at noon today. Non-resident and resident Ocracoke property owners have been ordered to evacuate the island, effective tomorrow at 6 a.m.

To access updated storm information from Dare County, visit www.darenec.com/isaias.

The next update on Dare County’s Isaias response will be issued no later than tomorrow at noon, according to the advisory.

THE BEACON, 7/31/20

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