Hurricane Irene Update #3 (8/27/11 11 AM)
Hurricane Irene's effects are being felt along the Outer Banks this morning. Hurricane force winds, heavy rain, and tidal flooding are combining for terrible conditions in Outer Banks locations from Corolla through Nags Head. Electricity is out in some areas, and roads are extremely flooded.
All arriving guests are urged to delay their arrival until at least Monday (8/29/11) so damage assessments can be made on specific properties. It is expected that many properties will sustain some damage, and some rental agreements will not be able to be honored. Local authorities won’t determined guest access to the area until after the storm when damage is assessed. Depending upon the severity, it is possible that public access to Nags Head, Duck, and Corolla will be denied, or limited to recovery and official personnel only.
Outer Banks Blue will be assessing damage as soon as possible after the storm passes, and will begin the task of preparing houses for guest arrival.
At this time local authorities still have an evacuation order in place, a state of emergency, and are discouraging any arrival until the first part of the week.
Outer Banks Blue's offices are closed on Saturday (8/27/11), and will remain closed until conditions are once again safe.
Arriving guests are recommended to contact the trip interruption insurance company to make inquiries about a potential claim and the refund options that are available.
Here's the latest information on the storm from NOAA.
Another update will be posted here on Sunday morning if possible.