This is Communication #6 for the Island-wide power outage released at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 29.

Dare County remains under a mandatory evacuation of visitors to Hatteras Island effective at 6 a.m. Saturday, July 29. No re-entry timeline has been provided at this time.

FROM THE LATEST DARE COUNTY PRESS RELEASE:

Due to life safety issues from the loss of reliable electrical power on Hatteras Island and growing uncertainty as to when repairs to the main transmission line will be completed to enable restoration of full power to the island, a mandatory evacuation has been issued for all visitors to Hatteras Island, effective at 6 a.m. on Saturday, July 29. This evacuation order includes the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras. Click here to download the Emergency Declaration for Mandatory Evacuation for travel insurance purposes. Residents, non-resident property owners, essential personnel, and non-resident employees of non-critical businesses will be allowed entry with proper reentry credentials.

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FROM THE DARE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE:

The mandatory evacuation for all visitors to Hatteras Island remains in effect and includes the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras. Vacationers who have not yet evacuated should pack all belongings, check out with their accommodations provider and depart Hatteras Island as soon as possible.

Currently, Essential Personnel (Priority One), Permanent Residents & Essential Personnel for Critical Businesses (Priority Two), and Non-Resident Property Owners & Non-Resident Employees of Non-Critical Businesses (Priority Three) are allowed access to Hatteras Island with proper reentry credentials. Details regarding reentry procedures are available at darenc.com/reentry. As you approach the checkpoint north of the Bonner Bridge, please have your license, reentry pass, or tax bill readily available.

For those on Hatteras Island, it is important to remember that mandatory power and water conservation measures remain in effect. All Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) customers must remove air conditioning systems and hot tub heaters from the power grid by turning off system circuit breakers. In addition, mandatory water restrictions are in place prohibiting the filling of pools or hot tubs, the watering of lawns, and the watering of driveways or sidewalks for cleaning.

Dare County Emergency Management will continue to work with Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative to help facilitate the restoration of power to levels that will allow visitors to return. At this time there is no estimate regarding the timeline for restoration of services to allow visitors to return.

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FROM PCL CONSTRUCTION:

PCL, NCDOT, CHEC, all in conjunction with government officials, have crews working around-the-clock to make the necessary repairs to return power service to the area as quickly as possible.

Currently, there are two excavators, two vacuum trucks, and a loader supporting the repair operation. The damage is estimated to be approximately 9 feet below ground level and a trench box has been installed to support the excavation.

The crews have recently exposed the affected area and have begun investigating the damage. Electrical experts are currently initiating and assessing options for repairs.

As soon as further information is known we will update the progress. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused to tourists, residents, and local businesses. We are doing everything we can to restore power quickly and safely.

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NEXT STEPS FOR GUESTS:

Following all official county orders, all Outer Beaches homes are closed. Guests due to check in this weekend should delay arrival until the evacuation order has been lifted. Guests currently on the Island should follow all county orders and evacuate the Island to the north in a safe and timely manner.

Refunds for shortened or missed vacations are being issued at the determination of travel insurance providers. For Guests who purchased travel insurance, please contact your provider (found here: /vacation-rentals/travel-insurance/) with your reservation number or policy number to file a claim for coverage. Please also see the link in Dare County's message above to download the Emergency Declaration of Mandatory Evacuation to provide to your insurer.

For Guest due to check in August 4-6, we do not yet have any information on if/how your vacation will be impacted. We will communicate with you via these updates and a direct email as soon as we have more information that relates to your stay.

Outer Beaches is cooperating with all Dare County and CHEC orders and recommendations to support their efforts in restoring power to all areas as quickly as possible. At this time, we are waiting on next updates from CHEC and Dare County officials, and we will continue to communicate all new information as soon as it is received. Our next scheduled update will be at 6 p.m. today, July 29, unless additional information is received earlier.

Outer Beaches offices and phone lines are currently open to serve you. Please anticipate a high call volume and extended wait time. We are working to answer all questions as quickly as possible.

In the meantime, please travel safely.

-The Outer Beaches Realty