A left turn on to South Dogwood Trail from U.S. Hwy. 158-east will be prohibited today and tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. to deter vacationers from cutting through the Southern Shores residential area instead of remaining on the thoroughfare to the northern beaches.

Northbound motorists in vehicles with out-of-town license plates poured through Southern Shores today ahead of the 11 a.m. prohibition of the left turn at U.S. Hwy. 158-east and South Dogwood Trail.

From what we observed on Hickory Trail this morning, vacationers have not been deterred by the threat of Hurricane Isaias—at least, not enough to postpone their arrivals.

As you know, the left-turn prohibition will be in effect today and tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the fourth and last no-left-turn weekend of the summer.

So far, there is no word from the Dare County Control Group about an evacuation order ahead of Hurricane Isaias, which is likely to have weakened by the time it reaches an area near the northern Outer Banks on Monday.

Hyde County issued a mandatory evacuation order yesterday for all visitors and property owners on Ocracoke Island. Visitors were ordered to leave yesterday at noon, and non-resident and resident property owners were ordered to evacuate at 6 a.m. today.

N.C. Governor Roy Cooper also declared a state of emergency yesterday because of the potential impact of Isaias to the North Carolina coastline.

Please feel free to post comments here or on The Beacon’s Facebook page about traffic conditions today or about any issues related to the storm.

We will report on any official action taken by Dare County. Dare County Emergency Management announced yesterday that an update bulletin on the storm would be posted on its website by noon today.

THE BEACON, 8/1/20

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