In addition to mandatory evacuations in Dare County, swimming in the ocean is strictly prohibited.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
September 3, 2019
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The fun of late summer beach memories in the beloved OBX may be freshly imprinted in your mind, but officials are enacting a mandatory evacuation in certain areas as Hurricane Dorian approaches the region.

Yesterday, as CBS 17 reported, Dare County—which encompasses Duck, Manteo, and Kitty Hawk, among others—issued a mandatory evacuation for visitors and residents since the impact of the storm is believed to be potentially life-threatening. The order for visitors began today at noon, whereas residents have the evacuation order set for 6 a.m. on Wednesday.

On the Dare County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, the bulletin warned, "Now is the time to make final preparations, secure property and evacuate. Visitors should evacuate with all personal belongings and follow instructions from their property management company."  Additionally, swimming is strictly prohibited during this time: "The state of emergency includes restrictions on ocean swimming due to dangerous surf conditions and strong rip currents along the beaches. Everyone must stay out of the water as it is unsafe for even the most experienced swimmers." Read the full statement below.

If you're in the area, be sure to check updates from the  National Weather Service to get the most up-to-date information. Learn more about what to pack in your hurricane survival kit here.

As of Tuesday afternoon, reports  CBS 17, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper also issued a mandatory evacuation of all of the state’s barrier islands in preparation of Hurricane Dorian’s arrival. Wilmington-area beaches have also been issued an evacuation order.

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This powerful storm is not to be treated lightly. Be sure to listen to local government officials for the latest in your area as things evolve.

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