North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division’s
emergency route at Stumpy Point temporarily suspended operations at
midnight last night due to extreme low tide.
The route is currently not operating. Northeast winds are causing the
water depth to be too low for safe travel. The Ferry Division is
evaluating the weather and will resume operations once it is deemed
safe to cross.
However, the wind is not expected to shift direction until well into
With the passage of last night’s cold front, a strong high pressure
will build over the northeastern U.S. and wedge down into the Carolinas
through the weekend as a coastal low pressure area forms offshore.
The pressure gradient between the high to the north and the offshore
low will bring strong winds from an easterly direction at least until
Monday. This could continue to keep the water level lower
normal in the sound near Rodanthe through the period.
Forecasters at the National Weather Service office in Newport, N.C.,
are predicting northeast and east winds of 15-25 knots Saturday and
Sunday, perhaps lingering into next week.
The emergency ferries are available only to residents of Hatteras,
non-resident property owners, insurance adjusters, critical personnel,
vendors, and supply trucks. Many of the materials for the
temporary repairs to Highway 12 in Pea Island are coming to Hatteras on
the Stumpy Point ferry.
The ferry routes to Hatteras via Swan Quarter and Cedar Island and
through Ocracoke are booked into next week by visitors coming to
Ocracoke and Hatteras islands.
County manager Bobby Outten said the county is working with the Ferry
Division this morning to open new supply lines to Hatteras.
At times earlier in the re-entry process, some ferries from Stumpy
Point came into the Hatteras village ferry docks, but that trip is
about 3.5 hours.
Ferry information is available by calling 800-293-3779 (BY-FERRY) and
pressing 1, or via Twitter at www.twitter.com/ncdot_ferry.