October 31, 2012
Visitors can enter Hatteras, beginning Friday
Friday, Nov. 2, at 6:00 a.m., all re-entry restrictions for Hatteras
Island will be lifted and ferry service will be available for everyone,
The island has been cut off since
ocean storm surge brought sand and water onto Highway 12 between
Rodanthe and the Bonner Bridge on Sunday, Oct. 28.
no entry to the island until an emergency ferry began running yesterday
afternoon to and from Rodanthe and Stumpy Point. That ferry has been
restricted to residents, essential personnel, suppliers, and employees
of island businesses.
However, Friday morning visitors will be
allowed on both the emergency ferry and the Hatteras-Ocracoke
ferry. Entry through Ocracoke requires a trip from Cedar Island
or Swan Quarter on the mainland to Ocracoke Island and then to Hatteras
on the Hatteras Inlet ferry.
Reservations are required on the toll ferries from the mainland to Ocracoke. For a reservation, call 1-800-293-3779.
published schedule for the emergency ferry service will remain in place
through Friday, Nov. 2. An expanded schedule is being developed
and will go into effect on Saturday, Nov. 3. Please check www.darenc.com or www.islandfreepress.org for updated information.
- Emergency Ferry Service – Stumpy Point to Rodanthe:
- Departing Stumpy Point at 6 a.m., 8, 10, noon, 2 p.m., 4 and 10.
- Departing Rodanthe at 7 a.m., 9, 11, 1 p.m., 3, 5 and 7.
- Departing Hatteras at 6 a.m., 8, 10, noon, 2 p.m., 4, 6, 8, 10 and midnight.
- Departing Ocracoke at 5 a.m., 7, 9, 11, 1 p.m., 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11.
- Crossing time on both the emergency ferries and the sound ferries to Ocracoke is more than two hours.