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BULLETIN #10
Post Storm Update
Saturday, September 15, 2018 7:19 PM
Storm: Hurricane Florence

Email to All Arriving Guests for Sunday 9/16

Though many parts of North Carolina continue to feel the impacts of Hurricane Florence, the Outer Banks has thankfully been spared from most of the destruction and hazardous weather. Communities north of Hatteras Island in our service area, from Nags Head to Carova, are largely free of flooding and structural damage and we look forward to welcoming you and your family.

On Sunday, September 16 beginning at 7:00 a.m. all Visitors will be allowed re-entry to areas north of Oregon Inlet. Twiddy offices will open at 9AM. There are NO CHECK-INS Saturday, September 15 and packets will not be left out after hours.

We are working as expeditiously as possible to ensure your vacation rental home is ready. At this time, we are unable to guarantee your check-in time on Sunday regardless of when your original check-in day was. We anticipate service delays and interruptions for cleaning crews, linen delivery, pool and hot tub services, maintenance vendors and trash/recycling pick up.

If you are staying in Southern Shores, Kill Devil Hills or Nags Head, you received an email with your check-in information and may proceed to your vacation rental home at the time specified on your lease.

If you are staying in Duck, Corolla or the 4x4, check-in with our Front Counter staff when you arrive to check on the status of your home.

The Outer Banks will continue to experience dangerous surf and a high risk of rip currents for several days. Ocean swimming remains prohibited. Do not to enter the ocean if RED flags are posted.

Approach all beach accesses with extreme caution, as many areas have experienced significant beach erosion that may have affected use of walkways, stairs, or foot paths (both private and public). Continued erosion may be expected until seas begin to subside towards the middle of the week.

For those traveling to the 4x4 beaches, please keep in mind that some sections of the beach or road may be impassable, especially during high tide. We urge you not to drive your vehicle through water where the depth cannot be safely determined. View Tide Chart

To report storm damages once you have taken occupancy, submit a request via the Twiddy App. Reporting specific locations and details of the damage, including photos, may help expedite our assessment and/or repair. Persistent and strong onshore wind may cause sand to blow into pools and salt buildup on oceanfront windows. Sand will not affect the chemical balance or function of the pools and windows may have to be assessed after winds subside.

Check road conditions on NCDOT.gov for travel routes due to impacts being experienced in areas south and west of the Outer Banks.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding, and WELCOME to the Outer Banks!

Thank you,
Twiddy & Company


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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do before and after the storm?

In preparation of a storm event, plan accordingly by stocking a supply of non-perishable food items, drinking water, a large cooler with ice, at least one flashlight with batteries, first-aid kit including medications, and other necessities.

Local Gas Stations and Grocery Stores can be found in the following locations:

  • Nags Head/Kill Devil Hills - Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Stop N Shop, Shell, Kangaroo Express
  • Southern Shores/Kitty Hawk/Duck - Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Han-Dee Hugo’s, BP
  • Corolla/4x4 - Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Shell, O.B. Gas & Convenience, Winks of Corolla

In the event of a total power outage, please report this to our local power provider, Dominion Power, at 866-366-4357 from the home's landline telephone if possible. Power outages on the 4x4 beaches may result in temporary loss of water, as these homes feature water service through private wells with electric pumps.

Storms often produce wind-driven rain and may cause leaking around windows, sliders, and doors which typically cannot be addressed until weather conditions improve. Until appropriate measures can be taken to assess a leak, we advise you to place towels at the point of entry to soak up excessive water and to place a container under any active drips.

To report damages after a storm event, contact Twiddy directly via our mobile App or email to avoid extended hold times. Reporting specific locations and details of the damage, including photos, may help expedite our assessment and/or repair. Be aware that persistent and strong on-shore wind may cause sand to blow into pools and salt to buildup on oceanfront windows. Sand will not affect the chemical balance or function of the pools and windows may have to be assessed after conditions improve.

For more information regarding what to do before and after a storm, view this pdf.



When is the hurricane going to hit?

If a hurricane is imminent, please refer to the following local media outlets for up-to-date information regarding mandatory evacuations:

Television Stations:

The Weather Channel (cable channel 16)
Outer Banks TV (cable channel 12)
Local NC TV (cable channels 7 and 9)
Southeast VA TV (cable channels 3, 10 and 13)
Local Public Access TV (cable channel 19)

FM Radio Stations:

92.3, 93.7, 94.9, 95.3, 99.1, 102.5, 104.1 or 105.7 FM

Local Websites:

Dare County
Currituck County



When will you be evacuated and how will you be notified?

If a mandatory evacuation is issued by the Emergency Management Service, you must comply. Twiddy will use commercially reasonable efforts to contact each occupied home by phone, text and/or email and advise guests of the proper departure procedures. If a voluntary evacuation is issued by the Emergency Management Service, we strongly urge you to comply.

Once evacuations are issued, traffic will become extremely heavy as visitors and residents evacuate the island. Be sure to fill up your gas tank prior to evacuating the area; travel times will be extended due to the high volume of traffic. Local authorities will actively assist evacuation traffic. Blue “Evacuation Route” signs mark the recommended path of evacuation during a hurricane.



How will you know it’s safe to return and that your house is not damaged?

To verify the evacuation has been lifted, please visit the following websites:

For homes located in Duck, Southern Shores, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head: Dare County
For homes located in the 4x4 beaches and Corolla: Currituck County

Once the mandatory evacuation has been lifted, available Twiddy staff will begin assessing the condition of vacation homes so that information regarding habitability may be posted on the Twiddy website. Our website www.twiddy.com will be updated as frequently as possible with applicable information. The expediency and accuracy of such communications are dependent upon the assumption that the mandatory evacuation has been lifted and our office, software and electrical systems are still intact. The availability of staff is dependent on their safety and availability in the wake of the hurricane.

You may only return to the area only after you have verified that the evacuation has officially been lifted and we have confirmed that your vacation home will be habitable upon your return.



Will you be refunded by Twiddy & Company Realtors or CSA Travel Protection in the event a Mandatory Evacuation is ordered?

CSA Vacation Rental Insurance coverage was offered at the time you booked your vacation rental. If purchased, you will have received your CSA Vacation Rental Insurance Description of Coverage prior to your vacation. Once a storm has been upgraded to Hurricane status, the event is considered foreseeable, meaning the insurance plan can no longer be purchased to cover losses that may be suffered from that specific storm. CSA’s plan provides coverage for a number of events that may be encountered during hurricane season, such as mandatory hurricane evacuations, interruptions of essential services (water, electric, gas, etc.) at the vacation home, road service interruptions, flight delays and/or cancellations, and the guest's personal home being made uninhabitable by hurricane or other natural disaster. Please follow the state authorities’ guidelines regarding a mandatory evacuation.



Will you be refunded if you do not have Travel Insurance?

You will not be entitled to a refund from Agent, Owner or the insurance company if you refused to purchase the Travel Insurance policy.



What does CSA Vacation Rental Insurance cover if there is a mandatory evacuation?

What if a mandatory evacuation is issued during my trip?

You should consider seeking accommodations out of harm's way. CSA reimburses for reasonable additional accommodation expenses incurred during the mandatory evacuation period. The limits for reimbursement can be referenced in the Travel Delay coverage section of the Description of Coverage. 

You can seek reimbursement for trip days that can't be used because of a current evacuation order. The coverage to reference is Trip Interruption. 

What if the mandatory evacuation order is lifted during my trip?

If you have more than half (or more than seven days) of your trip remaining, there typically isn't coverage for the rest of your unused arrangements if you decide to go home and end the trip early. If you have more than half (or fewer than seven days) remaining on your trip when the evacuation order is lifted, the plan can provide coverage for the remaining portion of your trip. 

If the evacuation order is lifted and you have more than half (or more than seven days) of your trip remaining, there typically isn't coverage for the rest of your unused arrangements if you decide to go home and end the trip early. If you have more than half (or fewer than seven days) remaining on your trip when the evacuation order is lifted, the plan can provide coverage for the remaining portion of your trip. 

What if you stayed home because of a current evacuation order?

Once the evacuation order is lifted if you have more than half (or more than seven days) of your scheduled trip remaining, there typically isn't coverage for the rest of your unused trip cost if you decide not to travel. If the evacuation order is lifted and you have less than half (or fewer than seven days) remaining on your scheduled trip, the plan can provide coverage for a full cancellation. 

What if the mandatory evacuation order is issued a few days before my trip?

If the evacuation order is still in effect when the trip is supposed to begin, and your scheduled trip is less than seven days long, you can claim for a full cancellation. 

If the evacuation is still in effect when your trip is supposed to begin and remains in place for half of the scheduled trip or more, you can claim for the total of your unused trip cost. You can also claim for a full cancellation if you have seven days or less of your reservation remaining when the evacuation is lifted. You may reference the Trip Cancellation coverage in these situations.

Please pay attention to the evacuation order's status when deciding whether or not to cancel your plans.

What if the mandatory evacuation order is in effect now but my trip is scheduled for the future?

A current evacuation order usually isn't a covered reason for guests to cancel their future trip. If the evacuation order is lifted before your scheduled arrival, the policy typically won't provide coverage. You are encouraged to pay attention to news updates on any current storm or hurricane that could impact your trip. 

How do I file a claim?

To file a claim, complete the Hurricane Claim Form and send it to CSA with a copy of the rental agreement and any other supporting documentation. Be sure to include any receipts for additional expenses incurred as a result of the mandatory evacuation. This helps to evaluate your claim even faster.

How do I contact CSA?

If you have purchased travel insurance and have specific questions about coverage or claims, please call CSA directly at (866) 999-4018. Referencing plan code G-332CSA may assist in directing your inquiry.

For questions or assistance, please call CSA directly at (866) 999-4018 or email CSA at claims@csatravelprotection.com and reference plan code G-332CSA.

Previous Bulletins

BULLETIN #9
Post Storm Update
Saturday, September 15, 2018 10:20 AM
Storm: Hurricane Florence

Dare and Currituck County will begin permitting reentry to areas north of Oregon Inlet for visitors on Sunday, September 16 at 7:00am. There will be NO CHECK-INS Saturday, September 15.

Continue to monitor Dare County and Currituck County websites for official updates. We also recommend checking your route on NCDOT for accessibility. Travel delays can be expected.

We are actively assessing property condition and home safety today. At this time, we are not able to provide a time frame as to when all of our properties will be assessed for post storm damage, but we will do our best to work as quickly as safety allows. We will be contacting arriving guests ONLY if their homes are not habitable after we have been able to safely assess. Again, we do not have a time frame as to when an individual home will be assessed. 

While we will make every effort to service all homes in anticipation of your arrival, expect delays in check-in and services. There is no guarantee as to when your home will be ready for check-in. Many of our cleaning crews and vendors also evacuated and are making their way back to the area. Anticipate service delays for cleaning crews, linen delivery, pool and hot tub services, and maintenance vendors.

We appreciate your understanding and patience following Hurricane Florence. 

BULLETIN #8
Post Storm Update
Friday, September 14, 2018 12:32 PM
Storm: Hurricane Florence

Both Dare and Currituck counties remain under a mandatory evacuation today September 14, which means the bridges are still closed on oncoming traffic. Our offices also remain closed today.

Dare and Currituck County will begin permitting reentry to areas north of Oregon Inlet for essential personnel and business owners, permanent residents, and property owners ONLY on Saturday, September 15 at 7:00am.

It is anticipated that visitors will be allowed entry beginning Sunday, September 16 at 7:00am, however, continue to monitor Dare County and Currituck County websites for official updates.

We also recommend checking NCDOT as travel delays can be expected.

We will be contacting arriving guests ONLY if their homes are not habitable after we have been able to safely assess. While we will make every effort to service all homes in anticipation of your arrival, please be advised there may be delays in check-in and services as many of our cleaning crews and vendors were also evacuated.

BULLETIN #7
Twiddy Office Closing
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 2:00 PM
Storm: Hurricane Florence

THE OUTER BANKS IS CURRENTLY UNDER A MANDATORY EVACUATION for residents and visitors in Dare and Currituck counties.

Twiddy offices are currently closed until further notice.

Arriving guests: Twiddy will use commercially reasonable efforts to contact each upcoming arriving guest by phone, text and/or email. Our arriving guests will be contacted after the storm passes if the home is not habitable but only after we have safely assessed the area and homes. The day/date can not be determined at this time as we do not know when the evacuation will be lifted.

Departing guests: Follow the instructions below and return keys to the office or if your home is keyless, alert our office that you have vacated the premises.

  • Take all of your belongings and food with you.
  • Remove all trash and place in the outside receptacle cans.
  • Place all receptacle cans and recycling bins in the outside shower or carport area
  • Secure hoses, pool floats, beach chairs, deck furniture and loose items by placing them in the outside shower or inside the house.  Flip larger items over.
  • SECURELY LOCK ALL WINDOWS AND DOORS.  Do not forget to hook all screen doors and outside shower doors.  Close all window blinds and draperies.
  • Traffic will be extremely heavy. Plan accordingly.  
  • Most of all: drive carefully and patiently.

 

If you have purchased Travel Insurance, you may contact CSA directly at 866-999-4018 or click here for a printable claim form. Twiddy will provide the necessary documentation to CSA.

To read Dare & Currituck County’s full statement regarding the storm, travel routes and further instruction please visit www.darenc.com or co.currituck.nc.us/

BULLETIN #6
Dare & Currituck County Evacuations
Monday, September 10, 2018 1:08 PM
Storm: Hurricane Florence

A MANDATORY EVACUATION for resident and visitors in Dare County and for all visitors in Currituck County (Corolla & 4x4) goes into effect beginning Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00 a.m.

Follow the listed instructions and return keys to the office. If your home is keyless, alert our office that you have vacated the premises.

  • Take all of your belongings and food with you.
  • Remove all trash and place in the outside receptacle cans.
  • Place all receptacle cans and recycling bins in the outside shower or carport area
  • Secure hoses, pool floats, beach chairs, deck furniture and loose items by placing them in the outside shower or inside the house.  Flip larger items over.
  • SECURELY LOCK ALL WINDOWS AND DOORS.  Do not forget to hook all screen doors and outside shower doors.  Close all window blinds and draperies.
  • Traffic will be extremely heavy. Plan accordingly.  
  • For road conditions, visit www.ncdot.gov
  • Most of all: drive carefully and patiently.

 

If you have purchased Travel Insurance, you may contact CSA directly at 866-999-4018 or click here for a printable claim form. Twiddy will provide the necessary documentation to CSA.

Twiddy will use commercially reasonable efforts to contact each occupied home and upcoming arriving guest by phone, text and/or email. Our upcoming arriving guests will be contacted after the storm passes if the home is not habitable but only after we have safely assessed the area and homes. The day/date can not be determined at this time as we do not know when the evacuation will be lifted.

To read Dare & Currituck County’s full statement regarding the storm, travel routes and further instruction please visit www.darenc.com or co.currituck.nc.us/

BULLETIN #5
Dare County Update
Monday, September 10, 2018 11:19 AM
Storm: Hurricane Florence

A MANDATORY EVACUATION for residents and visitors in areas of Dare County goes into effect beginning Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00 a.m. This includes the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo; Roanoke Island; and the Dare County mainland. 

Currituck County (Corolla & 4x4) has NOT issued an evacuation order at this time. Stay tuned for more information.

Follow the listed instructions and return keys to the office. If your home has keyless entry, please alert our Front Counter that you have vacated the premises.

  • Take all of your belongings and food with you.
  • Remove all trash and place in the outside receptacle cans.
  • Place all receptacle cans and recycling bins in the outside shower or carport area
  • Secure hoses, pool floats, beach chairs, deck furniture and loose items by placing them in the outside shower or inside the house.  Flip larger items over.
  • SECURELY LOCK ALL WINDOWS AND DOORS.  Do not forget to hook all screen doors and outside shower doors.  Close all window blinds and draperies.
  • Traffic will be extremely heavy. Plan accordingly.  
  • For road conditions, visit www.ncdot.gov
  • Most of all: drive carefully and patiently.

If you have purchased Travel Insurance, you may contact CSA directly at 866-999-4018 or click here to download and print a claim form. Twiddy will provide the necessary documentation to CSA.

The Dare County Control Group met Monday morning and has determined that a mandatory evacuation for all visitors and residents is necessary to ensure safety. Hurricane Florence is currently projected to be a category 3 or 4 storm at landfall in southeastern North Carolina and may bring life-threatening storm surge to Dare County, along with tropical storm force winds, heavy rains and the potential for tornadoes. Even a small northward shift in the track of the storm could bring devastating impacts to our area.

To read Dare County’s full statement regarding the storm, travel routes and further instruction please follow www.darenc.com. To receive notifications directly from Dare County Emergency Management, visit www.darenc.com/emergencyalerts and follow @DareCountyEM on Twitter.


BULLETIN #4
Update on Florence
Monday, September 10, 2018 9:44 AM
Storm: Hurricane Florence

The National Weather Service statement at 6:30 AM, Monday 9/10/18 shows increasing confidence in widespread rainfall totals of 6-12+ inches. Tropical Storm force winds most likely will arrive as early as Wednesday evening. Forecasted landfall would be sometime Thursday night as a major Hurricane somewhere along the North/South Carolina coast. Florence will likely stall once she makes landfall. In addition to heavy rainfall, storm surge and localized flooding is expected.

High Threat of Rip Currents continue today. Obey RED swimming flags which means that swimming is strictly prohibited. Do not enter the water until the red flags are taken down.  

Coastal Erosion and ocean overwash are possible again today across the outer banks at high tide. Use caution when approaching the dunes.   

4x4 Guests are strongly advised to travel during LOW tide only. Sections of the beach may be impassable at high tide due to rough surf conditions & an abnormally higher tide.

Click to view Tide Chart

Dare County Emergency Management will provide periodic updates, with the next one scheduled for release before noon today.

National Weather Service next briefing is around 5:00 PM today.

National Hurricane Center updates forecast models at 5:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 5:00 PM & 11:00 PM.  

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BULLETIN #3
Update on Florence
Sunday, September 09, 2018 1:10 PM
Storm: Hurricane Florence

Outer Banks beach goers should take notice of High Threat of Rip Currents today, Sunday 9/9/18.  Obey RED no swimming flags. Swimming is strictly prohibited. Do not enter the water until the RED flags are taken down.  


4x4 Guests are strongly advised to travel during LOW tide only. Sections of the beach may be impassable at high tide due to rough surf conditions & an abnormally higher tide.

View Tide Chart here.

While there is still significant uncertainty in the exact track and timing of Florence, we are monitoring closely and will share any additional information and travel planning advice as it becomes available from local, state, and national officials. There are currently no evacuation orders from Dare or Currituck Counties.  


We are erring on the side of caution and will continue to plan for tropical conditions including heavy rain, wind, localized flooding, storm surge, beach erosion and potential power outages.


According to the NHC, Thursday is the most likely timing for tropical storm-force winds to arrive on the Southeast coast. Impacts from Florence, particularly heavy rain, may continue into next weekend if it stalls out.


Have an emergency kit prepared including the following:

  • Water: one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Large cooler and ice
  • Extra towels
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

Twiddy will use commercially reasonable efforts to contact each occupied home and arriving guest by phone, text and/or email should conditions change drastically.

Arriving guests and owners will be contacted after the storm passes and we have safely assessed the area and homes.

Expect high call volume and service delays as our capabilities and resources may be limited.


If you have purchased travel insurance and have specific questions about coverage or claims, contact CSA directly at (866) 999-4018 and reference plan code G-332CSA.


Please continue to monitor the sites below regarding the most up to date information.

https://www.twiddy.com/outer-banks/weather/

http://www.noaa.gov/

http://darecountyem.com/

http://www.co.currituck.nc.us/


Beach Safety: www.weather.gov/safety/ripcurrent


For the latest regarding road conditions and closures, visit: http://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/

BULLETIN #2
Update on Florence
Saturday, September 08, 2018 10:18 AM
Storm: Hurricane Florence

We are continuing to monitor the path of Florence, but at this time the specific impacts in terms of location, magnitude, and timing remain highly uncertain, making it impossible to predict how and if our area will be affected. No watches, warnings, or other advisories are currently in place on the Outer Banks. Guests are urged to closely monitor weather conditions as more information becomes available.

Regardless of Florence’s eventual track, The Outer Banks is already forecast to experience dangerous surf and a high risk of rip currents beginning this weekend and continuing through next week. Exercise extreme caution on the beach and do not enter the ocean if advisories are posted. If you are staying in the 4x4 area, please also exercise caution when traveling to and from your rental home, as some sections of beach or road may be impassable due to these conditions, especially during high tide. We urge you not to drive your vehicle through water where the depth cannot be safely determined. 

Though a State of Emergency has been issued, this does not relate to any specific travel restrictions. This declaration is only a precautionary measure to lift restrictions to aid preemptive action, and area restoration, should it be necessary. 

Keep in mind that travel insurance policies purchased through CSA Travel Protection on or after September 4th will not offer coverage for impacts associated to Florence. If you have purchased travel insurance and have specific questions about coverage or claims, please call CSA directly at (866) 999-4018. Referencing plan code G-332CSA may assist in directing your inquiry.

We will provide updates as confidence in the storm's path increases. Visitors to The Outer Banks are urged to closely monitor weather conditions by visiting weather.com, noaa.gov/weather, or your preferred weather outlet.

National Hurricane Center - https://www.nhc.noaa.gov
Dare County - https://www.darenc.com
Currituck County - https://co.currituck.nc.us

BULLETIN #1
Monitoring Early Activity
Wednesday, September 05, 2018 12:31 PM
Storm: Hurricane Florence

We are actively monitoring Hurricane Florence, however, there are no coastal warnings or watches in effect at this time, with no current threat to land through the weekend. We will be sure to share any important changes to the forecast that could potentially impact the Outer Banks. In the meantime please stay tuned to your preferred weather outlet for updates.

National Hurricane Center - https://www.nhc.noaa.gov

Dare Countyhttps://www.darenc.com

Currituck Countyhttps://co.currituck.nc.us