National Hurricane Center 5:00 p.m. September 14 TS Florence track. As noted, the northern Outer Banks does not have a tropical system warning.

The mandatory evacuation order for Dare County will be lifted Saturday morning, according to Dare County Emergency Services. The lifting of the evacuation applies only to the Northern Outer Banks, the areas north of Oregon Inlet.

The lifting of the restrictions on entering the Outer Banks will be in two stages.. Beginning Saturday morning residents and property owners who evacuated will be allowed entry. Sunday all restrictions will be lifted.

Dare and Currituck Counties are cooperating on this and Currituck County residents and property owners will also be able to come home beginning Saturday morning.

Hatteras Island is still under a mandatory evacuation. Closer to the track of Hurricane Florence than the norther towns, there was significant ocean overwash in some area. NCDOT had to close NC12 at the S curves north of Rodanthe. According to the information they have provide, the roads are being assessed and they hope to have them open soon.

The northern Outer Banks in particular seem to have come through Hurricane Florence relatively unscathed. There was a little bit of ocean overwash along the Beach Road, but no damage and at no time was there any loss of power.

We’re including the 5:00 p.m. Tropical Storm Florence track from the National Hurricane Center with this post. After fielding numerous questions from worried family members about our safety, we thought it might help to show how far the Outer Banks is from the track the storm is taking. 

There’s a lot happening this coming week. Some of it has been on the schedule for a while, some of it postponed from last week. It’s a great time to visit.