Visitors allowed entry to Hatteras Island beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday

Posted at 11:13 AM, Jul 05, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-05 15:46:45-04

Update: Starting at 4 p.m. Saturday, all residents, non-resident property owners, and visitors will be allowed unrestricted access to all of Hatteras Island including the Villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras.  NCDOT advises that there are pockets of sand and water remaining on Highway 12 in Hatteras Island. They have also established a single lane condition at the temporary bridge north of Rodanthe so there might be some delays in that area.

Dare County, N.C. –  The Dare County Control Group has determined that conditions will allow for a staged reentry process for all areas south of Oregon Inlet beginning Saturday afternoon. This includes access for the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras Village.

Permanent residents and essential personnel of critical businesses will be allowed entry to Hatteras Island at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 5.

• Permanent residents must present a valid NC driver’s license with a Hatteras Island address or a current Dare County tax receipt. Tax receipts may be found online at
• Essential personnel for critical businesses must present the permit they were issued by their employer who met the stringent essential business criteria as established by Emergency Management. Please keep in mind that no re-entry passes are issued by Emergency Management during the reentry process.

The entry of permanent residents and essential personnel will help provide the infrastructure needed to fully restore all services to Hatteras Island. As soon as access can be provided to everyone an announcement will be made.

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative continues to restore outages on Hatteras Island today. Lee Electrical Construction crews is working to straighten six leaning transmission poles in the Pea Island area. Additional line crews from Edgecombe Martin Electric Membership Corporation arrived on the island this morning to assist with restoration efforts.

Cape Facilities in the northern end of the national parks that have returned to normal hours of operation include:
• Wright Brothers National Memorial; the Visitor Center and all grounds
• Fort Raleigh National Historic Site; the Visitor Center, all grounds but downed trees remain on many of the trails
• Bodie Island Lighthouse and Bodie Island Visitor Center
• Oregon Inlet Campground
• Ramp 4 is open to Off-Road Vehicle use
• Coquina Beach Bathhouse and Lifeguard operation
• Coquina Beach Off-Road Vehicle Permit office

Areas that remain closed or only partially opened:
Many facilities on Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Island remain closed due to access and electrical needs. A few areas have opened to accommodate visitors already on the islands. Those facilities include:
• Cape Hatteras Buxton Visitor Center and grounds surrounding the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse – (the Lighthouse remains closed to climbing)
• Buxton Lighthouse Beach Lifeguard operation
• Hatteras Island Off-Road Vehicle Ramps open include: Ramp 27, 30,38,43,44, 49, 55
• Ocracoke Island Off-Road Vehicle Ramp 70 and south is open