09/3/10

Hyde County Lifts Ocracoke Evacuation – press release

FROM HYDE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
The mandatory evacuation has been lifted for Ocracoke. The county is still under a state of emergency for today, Friday, September 3.

A tropical storm warning is in effect from Ocracoke inlet to the North Carolina/Virginia border.

No major structural damage and no injuries reported. Highways are reported open throughout the county.

Full power has been restored to all of Hyde County.

Damage assessments began at daybreak in Hyde County will be released as reported. Water should recede late morning into the afternoon as conditions improve.

Significant swells will continue a high risk of strong rip currents through the day. People are urged to stay out of the water.

Pay attention to Highway 12 on Ocracoke and Hatteras islands as overwash may make the route impassable. Currently, Highway 12 on Ocracoke is clear to Hatteras ferry from village by 4WD vehicles only. Be aware of standing water and sand on the road. NCDOT plans to have Highway 12 open to all traffic this afternoon.

A ferry will leave today at 3 PM from Swan Quarter to Ocracoke and 3:30 PM from Cedar Island to Ocracoke. It is anticipated that there will be three ferries from Cedar Island and two from Swan Quarter to Ocracoke today. Traffic as indicated by purple and green stickers will be allowed on the island. Vehicles with red stickers will be allowed on as space available. The State Highway Patrol shall restrict access without appropriate credentials. Ferries are not available to tourists and visitors today.

The Hatteras-Ocracoke route is not operating currently. This will be subject to change as road and weather conditions allow. We will release information when this route opens.

It is anticipated that the NC Ferry System will resume normal operations on Saturday, September 4 at 5 AM. Tolls will be waived for residents with appropriate stickers subject to availability.

This is the only information available at this time. Please tune in to local radio 90.1 FM on Ocracoke, the National Weather Service, and local television reports.

Hyde County Emergency Services continues to review the latest weather forecasts, is coordinating with the State and nearby counties, and advising citizens on possible actions to protect themselves and their property.

Please make yourselves aware of the state ferry system’s schedule and road conditions before making travel plans during this time and after the storm has passed.

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