In Currituck County, an evacuation order was issued for vacationers and guests in Corolla and Carova, beginning at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, while an evacuation order was issued for residents beginning at noon Tuesday.
This evacuation order is ONLY for people in the Outer Banks communities of Corolla and Carova. No evacuation order has been given at this time for mainland Currituck, although residents of low-lying areas are advised to consider leaving for higher ground.
In Perquimans County, there will be a curfew effective nightly, Thursday through Saturday, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., excluding Highway 17 traffic. All liquor, beer, and wine sales will stop at 8 p.m. on Thursday. Residents will not be allowed to purchase firearms, ammunition or explosives.
Additionally, there will be a voluntary evacuation of low lying or manufactured homes. Residents are urged to evacuate to a safe location with relatives or friends. A General Population Shelter will be opened for residents at the Perquimans County High School Gym at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
In Dare County, an evacuation was ordered for all visitors and residents on Hatteras Island beginning Monday, September 10 at noon, while an evacuation of residents and visitors of other parts of Dare County going into effect beginning Tuesday, September 11 at 7 a.m.
In addition to the evacuations, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial have suspended visitor services and temporarily closed all visitor facilities beginning at noon Monday.
Dare County Schools will be closed for all students and staff on September 11 and through the remainder of the week. All after-school activities on Monday are canceled, with the exception of the ASEP program.
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Many Outer Banks residents are choosing to ride out Hurricane Florence instead of listening to the mandatory evacuation. Those residents say they are prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at them.
"I got three of my kids with me if it was going to be a category four that is going to slam right into us I probably would have shipped them off with one of my family members," said Chris Larson of Nags Head.
Larson said just because his family is staying, doesn't mean he isn't taking Florence serious. His windows are boarded up, the grill is tied down, and sandbags are stacked at the door.
"We are going to get winds, and it's going to change the tides, and it's going to push stuff up, and it's going to blow crap around, it's going to break down some trees, the power is going to go out," said Larson.
Bob Scott, of Nags Head, also said most of his neighbors are sticking around, which is why he's parking his trailer underneath the house, he doesn't want it to become a deadly projectile.
"I had one storm where I had it underneath the garage, and if I hadn't of had it chained down it would have blown out in the back yard," said Scott. "If it had been hitting right toward the Outer Banks I would have been gone this morning. Wind is a scary thing."
Publix grocery store in Kitty Hawk was packed with people also choosing to ignore evacuation orders. This was one of the only businesses in the area that wasn't completely closed and boarded up.
"There is a lot of people who think we are crazy for staying and other moms who aren't from the area who just don't understand, they say how could you not leave, how could you not follow the mandatory evacuation orders especially with a kid," said mother Diane Klementowich.
Klementowich said as long as you are prepared to spend a week without electricity she has no problem hunkering down and waiting out the wind and rain.