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UPDATE: Ocracoke will begin evacuations on Wednesday


By IRENE NOLAN

There will be state of emergency declared for Ocracoke and the Hyde County mainland, effective at 5 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24.

A mandatory evacuation has been issued for all visitors to Ocracoke and a voluntary evacuation has been issued for all residents of Ocracoke beginning at 5 a.m.on Wednesday.

There will be a mandatory evacuation for all tourists and residents on Ocracoke, beginning at 5 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 25.

During the state of emergency, the North Carolina Ferry Division will be on a first-come, first -served basis for all vehicles going to Hatteras, Swan Quarter, and Cedar Island, pending road conditions in those receiving counties. Schedules and toll collections are suspended during the evacuation order.

Emergency services, government agencies, commercial vendors delivering essential groceries and supplies, and permanent residential traffic as indicated by purple and green stickers will be allowed to travel to Ocracoke on Wednesday, Aug. 24, only via air and marine traffic. Local and state law enforcement may restrict access without appropriate credentials.

Before leaving, residents and guests in this area should take precautions such as moving cars and equipment to higher ground. Please pick up potential debris that could become unsecure during the storm.

People with medical needs and unique situations are urged to consider their options. Hyde County public safety services will cease after winds reach 50 mph sustained.

Please tune in to local radio 90.1 FM on the island, the National Weather Service, and local television reports. Notices will be posted at the Ocracoke Post Office and Ocracoke Variety Store as, well as on the Hyde County Public Information Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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. Further updates will be issued on Wednesday, Aug. 24 after evaluating the updated storm information.


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