Hurricane Irene Update #2

Hurricane Irene Update #2 (8/26/11 11 AM)

The Outer Banks of North Carolina is under a mandatory evacuation order for all visitors and residents, and a state of emergency has been put in place for the entire area.

Hurricane Irene is a large and powerful storm. The storm's track is predicted to significantly impact the Outer Banks and widespread damage is expected. The storm should make landfall sometime on Saturday during daylight hours, and the most serious conditions will be in effect along the Outer Banks through Sunday morning.

The National Hurricane Center has issued a Hurricane Warning. Expect hurricane force winds with strong potential for severe consequences including structural damage, power outages, flooding, and impassable roads throughout the area.

For this reason any guests who were scheduled to arrive for their vacation rental this weekend should be aware that Outer Banks Blue will not be able to accommodate their scheduled check in. It is not known at this time whether your rentall will be able to be honored or not. It is expected that the evacuation order and state of emergency will be in place at least through the first part of next week.

Guests with trip interruption insurance are encourged to contact the travel insurance provider directly to discuss their options on getting a refund for any interruption to their vacation.

Outer Banks Blue's offices will be closed on Saturday (8/27) and Sunday (8/28) due to the storm.

Please continue to check this site for updates on the storm's progress and for information regarding guest's ability to arrive on the Outer Banks after the storm passes.

For the latest storm reports from NOAA please follow this link:

http://www.erh.noaa.gov/mhx/downloads/briefings/LatestBriefing.pdf

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