Outer Banks News and Weather

News Releases From Local Agencies Can Be Found Below or directly from local agencies (links below relases). 

Dare County

Road Closure - Kitty Hawk

The Kitty Hawk Police Department is advising that NC 12 from White Street to Lillian Street is closed until further notice. NC DOT crews will be out after the storm subsides to begin repair. All onlookers are asked to remain out of the marked off area due to the danger posed by the unstable roadway and the heavy machinery that will be operating to repair the road.


Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - Update Status of Visitor Services at Outer Banks Group National Parks

Although the Coastal Flood warnings are suspended for Cape Hatteras National Seashore, many areas are still recovering from significant impacts from coastal erosion, ocean over-wash, and flooding from substantial rainfall over the past few days.  Tidal levels remain high in some areas but strong winds have subsided.  Some park areas, particularly Off-Road Vehicle access ramps and routes, remain heavily impacted from flooding.  Park staff are actively assessing and evaluating facilities and public areas and re-opening visitor services as soon as possible.  Access to Ocracoke Island remains closed to visitors today; ferry service to and from the island is suspended for today.

Wright Brothers National Memorial, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site are open and all visitor services are available.  At Cape Hatteras National Seashore, most Bodie Island visitor services are now open, including Oregon Inlet Campground and the www.recreation.gov system is reactivated for this campground, the Bodie Island ORV Permit office, the Oregon Inlet public boats ramps, Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, and the Bodie Island Lighthouse and visitor center.  ORV Ramp 4 remains closed but staff are working to improve the conditions of the ramp for reopening soon.

The following Hatteras and Ocracoke Island visitor facilities and services remain impacted by storm conditions and will remain closed on Wednesday, October 7, 2015:


  • Ocracoke, Frisco, and Cape Point remain closed until further notice. The recreation.gov campground reservation system has been temporarily suspended.
  • Ocracoke Island remains in a State of Emergency. At the time of this press release (Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.), all ferry service remains suspended to the island but initial reopening is anticipated by Thursday, October 8, 2015 for residents and vendors only.
  • Silver Lake Marina on Ocracoke Island remains closed.
  • NPS visitor centers at Ocracoke and Hatteras Island remain closed until further notice.
  • Cape Hatteras Lighthouses remains closed to climbing. Lighthouse Road leading to Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton Village is closed due to flooding.
  • Off-Road Vehicle ramps in the Seashore have begun to reopen as conditions allow. On Ocracoke Island, Ramp 70 and Ramp 67 are open.  Ramps 59, 68, 72 remain closed.  On Hatteras Island, all Ramps experienced significant flooding from ocean overwash and/or standing water from excessive rainfall levels in the area and all Hatteras Island ORV ramps and routes are currently closed but will be reopened as soon as it is safe to do so and the adjacent beaches in those areas have been assessed for ORV use.  
  • The Ocracoke and Buxton Off-Road Vehicle Permit offices remain closed today.


Several day-use areas on Bodie and Hatteras Island are open for public use and pedestrian access to the beach.  Restroom facilities at some sites may not be unavailable.  Day use areas that are open are Coquina, Salvo, Haulover, Frisco, and Sandy Bay.


Public Meeting Reschedule for October 15, 2015

Public Comment Period Opens for Environmental Assessment on Issuance of Special Use Permit to Local Government for Beach Nourishment Project

The National Park Service (NPS) has announced that the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has released for public review an environmental assessment (EA) for the purpose of beach nourishment activities in the Buxton area of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. 

Dare County has requested a Clean Water Act Section 404 permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for the associated dredge and fill activities needed to accomplish the proposed beach nourishment activities. 

Dare County has requested a special use permit from the NPS for fill activities on Cape Hatteras National Seashore. 

The USACE and NPS are working as cooperating agencies to review the proposed project under the National Environmental Policy Act and will use the EA to assist the agencies in determining whether, where and under what conditions the NPS and USACE would issue permits to Dare County.

The USACE Public Notice and all attached plans are available on the Wilmington District Web Site at http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/RegulatoryPermitProgram.aspx  

A RESCHEDULED public meeting is planned for this project. 

Date:  October 15, 2015

Location:  The Fessenden Center


Hatteras Island Division
46830 Hwy 12 
Buxton NC 27920 


Time:  6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The EA comment period will extend 30 days beginning September 18, 2015 through October 19, 2015.  Please submit comments regarding the project: Nags Head Elementary School's Pumpkin Carnival has been rescheduled to October 17, 2015


Manteo Rotary Club's Inshore Slam has been rescheduled to October 16-17, 2015.  https://www.facebook.com/manteo.rotary.club?fref=photo 


Kegs Will Fly … We’ll Just Have to Wait a Little Longer
Inaugural OBX Brewtäg Rescheduled for Saturday, October 24

Kegs will still fly, but we’ll all just have to wait a few more weeks to witness this latest chapter of Outer Banks aviation history. With an unpredictable weather forecast and less-than-favorable conditions for an outdoor festival expected throughout the weekend, the inaugural OBX Brewtäg has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 24 from 12-6pm at The Soundside Event Site in Nags Head, North Carolina. 

The date may have changed but the event details remain the same. This one-of-a-kind celebration of flight and beer will feature teams of competitors launching homemade flying contraptions off a 20-foot tall platform in an attempt to carry an empty 1/6 barrel keg the furthest. Admission to this family-friendly event is FREE to the general public and will also feature a craft beer garden, local food vendors, live musical performances, a Kids Zone and much more. All proceeds will benefit The Rogallo Foundation.

The Flight: With a few extra weeks to prepare, it’s still not too late to compete at Brewtäg! The cost to enter a team is only $25 and the sky is the limit as to how creative your homemade flying contraption can be! There are a few rules and regulationsto follow, but this day is all about flight, beer and fun!

The Food and Drink:
 Enjoy 20 craft beers for sale from local and regional favorites including: Outer Banks Brewing StationWeeping Radish Farm BreweryLost Colony BreweryBold Rock Hard CiderNatty Greene’s Brewing CompanyOskar Blues BreweryMother Earth BrewingBlue Mountain BrewerySierra Nevada Brewing Company, and Bell’s Brewery. In addition, Sanctuary Vineyards will be pouring some of their fine North Carolina wines. Mulligan’s Raw Bar and GrilleOBX Sunset Slushand other local food providers will also be on hand to please the palate!

The Tunes: Kegs won’t be the only things filling the air. An amazing lineup of live music is scheduled, including local Outer Banks favorites Frozen Head and the Squirrels, who will bring their energetic talents to the stage, combining surf rock, reggae, and indie covers derived from the past five decades.

The Kiddos: The Kids Zone will feature the Kitty Hawk Kites portable rock wall, face painting, an arts and crafts station, kite races, and more!

The Volunteers: We couldn’t make this event happen without the support of our amazing volunteers. Enjoy a free Brewtäg t-shirt, Brew Card, beer swag, and a heap of great memories. It’s still not too late to join the Brewtag volunteer crew … Sign up today!

The Support: OBX Brewtäg is presented by Kitty Hawk Kites and The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, with incredible support from Beachwoods ResortTrioBrew ThruFirst Flight RentalsTravelodgePsycho Path: The Terror WithinCapital Outdoor AdvertisingK-Club OBX (Kilmarlic Golf Club)Third Avenue PartnersOBX Vintage Motor Yacht CruisesMake it Personal Engraving SpecialistMax Radio of the CarolinasEast Carolina Radio GroupNorth Beach SunDunkin Donuts, and Pamlico Jack’s.


Hyde County

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 2:30 p.m.

Ocracoke Island Open to Visitors Starting October 8

Hyde County officials are pleased to announce that Ocracoke Island will be open to visitors starting Thursday, October 8, 2015.

NC HWY 12 on Ocracoke is currently closed between the Pony Pens and the Hatteras Ferry terminal but will reopen Thursday morning, October 8.

The Ferry Division will make one run from Ocracoke to Cedar Island at 4:00 p.m. and one run from Swan Quarter to Ocracoke at 5:00 p.m. this afternoon. As a reminder, visitors are not allowed access to Ocracoke until tomorrow, October 8, 2015.

The Cedar Island and Swan Quarter ferry routes will resume normal operations at 7:00 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, October 8. A final decision about the Hatteras ferry will be made later this afternoon, and if conditions allow the Hatteras-Ocracoke route will also resume normal operations at 7:00 a.m. Thursday, October 8. Please check the NC Ferry website for updates and schedule information.

All major roads on the Hyde County mainland are clear. The shelter at O.A. Peay School is no longer open.

All Hyde County government offices, including the Hyde County Health Department and Hyde County solid waste convenience sites will resume normal operations Thursday, October 8. The Hyde County Board of Commissioners meeting has been rescheduled to Monday, October 12, 2015.

Safety Information

  • Drivers should continue to exercise caution on roads with standing water.
  • Please read the following Public Safety Announcement from the Hyde County Health Department:


Be safe in days following local flooding

The public and visitors in Hyde County are strongly encouraged to avoid direct contact with flood waters due to potential exposure to bacteria and other potentially harmful substances.  This is especially encouraged for young children, elderly, and immune compromised individuals.

This includes secondary exposure to young children from boots, waders, clothing, etc. stored in garages, mudrooms, houses.  

Also, everyone is strongly encouraged to use caution when inspecting, repairing and generally recovering from flooding affects in and around their homes and businesses - wildlife, bees, insects, rodents, snakes, etc. are potentially present in unexpected places where they may have been escaping flood waters.  

Finally, if anyone who has had skin or otherwise direct exposure to flood waters and becomes ill, go directly to one's medical provider of choice for treatment, or contact the Hyde County Public Health Department beginning 8:00 AM Oct 8, 2015 when our offices re-open.  If a need is evident for tetanus vaccinations and/or boosters we may be able to obtain a supply to administer. 


NCDOT Ferry Service Resumes On Pamlico Sound Routes - October 7, 2015
Limited Service Today; Full Service Returns Thursday

Ocracoke – NCDOT’s Ferry Division today announced it is resuming service on its Cedar Island-Ocracoke and Swan Quarter-Ocracoke routes, with a limited schedule today followed by the resumption of full scheduled service on Thursday, October 8. Hyde County’s restrictions on visitor access to Ocracoke will also be lifted on Thursday at 7 a.m.

The schedule for Wednesday, October 7 will be:

  • 4:00 p.m. Ocracoke to Cedar Island
  • 5:00 p.m. Swan Quarter to Ocracoke (residents, property owners, vendors, emergency personnel, and utility workers only)

On Thursday, the NC Ferry Division will run the full schedule on both routes. Tolling and reservations will also resume.

The Ferry Division is also preparing to open the Hatteras-Ocracoke route as soon as the roads around the ferry terminals are clear and successful test runs are performed on the ferry route.

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