2 PM, Saturday, September 7, 2019

Hello, and thanks for checking in with Outer Beaches Realty on Hatteras Island. This is Communication #9 for Hurricane Dorian as of 2 PM on Saturday, September 7th. Currently on Hatteras, it is sunny and 81 degrees with relatively calm winds.

A Mandatory Evacuation order remains in effect for all of Dare County.

Current Conditions: The wind has died, the sun is out, and the clean-up begins. Main power to Hatteras Island is still out, but several large crews are in the process of repairing and checking the entire grid. Apparently, a main substation on the mainland took a hit and is affecting much of the OBX. The Buxton main generator is being brought up for temporary power to some sections of the Island in the meantime. Cellular and internet remains spotty. Work is in process to repair the water main break for Hatteras Village. Our early assessment reveals lots of superficial damage such as roof shingles, siding, and broken windows. Flood waters have receded about 90%, but remains in the usual low lying areas. Highway 12 is passable with standing water in many places. NCDOT crews are clearing sand from Hwy 12 on Pea Island. Earlier, Dare County has announced Level 2 re-entry at noon today EXCEPT for Hatteras Island which remains closed. Level 2 means essential personnel and residents are allowed entry.

OBR Inspection crews are in the process of inspecting all our homes and making assessment reports. We should have a clearer picture of any homes which may not be ready for occupancy by the time Dare County re-opens the Island. We can then contact affected Guests and discuss alternate options to get you here to begin your vacation.

For Guests due to arrive this weekend we do not expect HI to re-open today. The key issue remains with restoring main power to the Island. Once that is achieved, things should progress much more quickly towards reopening. Of course, stay tuned to national reports and these communications. We will keep you updated with the best information and assessments available to us.

HOMEOWNERS As we receive damage assessment reports, we will prioritize contact with homes having received more than surface damage. Please be patient. No early news is good news for you. Eventually EVERY owner will hear from us to review our findings. Refraining from placing non-urgent phone calls will enable us to get through our inspections more expeditiously. It will probably be Sunday before we can begin making those calls.

Our Avon office is open today with generator power, where our main base of operations is underway. Most employees will be out in the field completing inspections. In the meantime, watch some football or tennis and enjoy the weekend. Our next report will be at 1 PM tomorrow, when we will have current, updated information. Enjoy this first Saturday of September, even though you cannot be here at the moment. We’re looking forward to getting this behind us and back to normal operations as soon as possible.

Outer Beaches Realty

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View previous OBR updates here:

Hurricane Dorian Communication #1
Hurricane Dorian Communication #2
Hurricane Dorian Communication #3
Hurricane Dorian Communication #4
Hurricane Dorian Communication #5
Hurricane Dorian Communication #6
Hurricane Dorian Communication #7
Hurricane Dorian Communication #8