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DARE COUNTY, N.C. — Dare County and Hyde County residents and visitors are under mandatory evacuation orders as Hurricane Dorian barrels toward parts of the southeast.
The Dare County Emergency Management Twitter account tweeted that visitors must evacuate starting Tuesday, Sept. 3 at noon.
Residents must evacuate on Wednesday, Sept. 4 starting at 6 a.m.
Dare County Schools released a statement on Facebook that said all Dare County Schools will be in regular session on Tuesday, September 3, but will close for all students and staff beginning Wednesday, September 4 through Friday, September 6.
The Afterschool Enrichment Program (ASEP) will operate on a normal schedule tomorrow, Tuesday, September 3.
Hyde County officials ordered a mandatory evacuation for anyone visiting on Ocracoke Island starting Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 4 a.m.
Hyde County residents and non-resident property owners must evacuate starting Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 5 a.m.
Many tourists 13News Now spoke with tourists as they scrambled to figure out plans after the order Monday afternoon.
Some hotels had to cancel reservations, like the Seahorse Inn & Cottages in Nags Head.
“I had one guest who was from Barbados and it was hard for him, but safety’s always first,” said manager Lalitkumar Mahale. “I had 25 reservations and I had to cancel all those reservations since this coming week was really busy.”