Ocracoke Island access now allowed for residents, visitors after Isaias

Posted at 4:09 PM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-04 16:11:51-04

HYDE Co., N.C. - The Ocracoke Control Group met Tuesday morning for updates on conditions from Isaias that impacted the island.

The Hyde County Board of Commissioners has terminated the evacuation order for Ocracoke residents, property owners, and vendors effective immediately. After the evacuation order is lifted; residents, property owners, and vendors will immediately be allowed to access Ocracoke Island pending NCDOT Ferry availability.

The NCDOT Ferry Division has conducted test runs of the ferry channels and reported that the ferries are able to navigate safely to the island. The USCG has authorized them to resume service. NCDOT reports that Hwy 12 did not suffer any significant damage and is passable, officials said.

The evacuation order for Ocracoke Island visitors will be terminated effective Wednesday, August 5 at 6 a.m.

Officials said to be aware that the Hatteras to Ocracoke ferry schedule will be limited until additional vessels have returned from mooring. You may experience delays accordingly.

Officials also announced Tuesday that Dare County has reopened Hatteras Island to residents and visitors as of 2 p.m.