November 1, 2012

Thursday’s storm update:  More ferries are added

Beginning Friday, Nov. 2 at 6 a.m., all re-entry restrictions for Hatteras Island will be lifted and ferry service will be available for everyone, including visitors.  The only access to Hatteras Island is by ferry until further notice.

The only priority given for emergency ferry service is for essential commodities and materials, as determined by Dare County Emergency Management and the Ferry Division.  County Emergency Management has also said that priority will be given for medical emergencies and appointments for such treatments for chemotherapy, but not for doctor’s appointments.

Anyone who has questions about re-entry to Hatteras Island or the emergency ferries can call Dare County Emergency Management at 252- 475-5655 or visit

Emergency ferry schedule

The following ferry schedule will remain in place through Friday, Nov. 2. 

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.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division is adding three runs to the Stumpy Point-Rodanthe emergency route beginning Sat., Nov. 3. This brings the total number of runs each day to 10 from each side.
Those wishing to use the emergency route are reminded to expect long waits and to be patient, as priority status is still in effect.
The Stumpy Point-Rodanthe schedule, beginning Saturday, Nov. 2 is:

  • Departing Stumpy Point at 5 a.m., 6:30, 8, 9:30, 11, 12:30 p.m., 2, 3:30, 5 and 9:30.
  • Departing Rodanthe at 6 a.m., 7:30, 9, 10:30, noon, 1:30 p.m., 3, 4:30, 6 and 7:30.

Ferry information is available by calling 800-293-3779 (BY-FERRY) and pressing 1, or via Twitter at

Directions to the Stumpy Point Emergency Ferry Dock at 100 Log Storage Road, off Highway 264:  Take Highway 64 to Highway 264.  Follow Highway 264 approximately 13 miles past the entrance to the village of Stumpy Point.  Signs for emergency ferry service are posted to ferry entrance that will be on your left. 

Directions to the Rodanthe Emergency Ferry Dock at 23170 Myrna Peters Road, Rodanthe:  Turn west off Highway 12 onto Myrna Peters Road, which is located just north of the Community Building in Rodanthe. 

Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry schedule

Beginning on Friday, Nov. 2, visitors can enter Hatteras Island via the Hatteras Inlet ferry.

The Hatteras-Ocracoke schedule is

  • Departing Hatteras at 6 a.m., 8, 10, noon, 2 p.m., 4, 6, 8, 10 and midnight; and
  • Departing Ocracoke at 5 a.m., 7, 9, 11, 1 p.m., 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11.

For visitors wishing to come to Hatteras through Ocracoke, keep in mind that travel from Cedar Island to Ocracoke and Swan Quarter to Ocracoke requires a reservation by calling 1-800-293-3779.

More runs added to Swan Quarter ferry route
The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division will add two departures from each side on its Swan Quarter-Ocracoke route this weekend. The extra departures are being offered Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (Nov. 2, 3, 4) only.
The additional departures will be: 

  • Departing Swan Quarter at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and
  • Departing Ocracoke at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.The regular fall schedule departures on the Pamlico Sound include:
  • Departing Cedar Island and Ocracoke at 7:30 a.m., 10, 1 p.m. and 4;
  • Departing Swan Quarter at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; and
  • Departing Ocracoke to Swan Quarter at 7 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

 Ferry reservations can be made online at or by calling 800-293-3779 (BY-FERRY) and pressing 2. Ferry information is available via Twitter at

Highway 12 on Hatteras Island 

Highway 12 on Hatteras Island, north of Rodanthe, remains closed due to impacts from ocean overwash. Based upon NCDOT’s initial assessment, it is projected that Highway 12 from Oregon Inlet to Rodanthe will open by Thanksgiving.  Currently, Highway 12 is clear between all the villages of Hatteras Island. 

NPS  facilities and beaches reopen

National Park Service efforts to re-open park facilities and beach access ramps to popular park beaches are moving forward. Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site are open and have resumed normal hours of operation. On Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches, all ocean and soundside beach areas have been evaluated for safe access for both pedestrians and vehicles.

Park beaches are open to pedestrian access throughout the park unless otherwise posted. Park visitors can expect to see some safety and/or resource protection closures in effect.

The following is a summary of the status of park beach access areas/ramps:

  • Bodie Island Oregon Inlet Area:
  • Ramp 1 and 2 are open to pedestrian access
  • Ramp 4 remains closed to ORV access until standing water recedes
  • Rodanthe-Waves- Salvo Area:
  • Ramps 23 and Ramp 30 reopened to ORV access today (designated seasonal ORV routes)
  • Ramp 27 reopened yesterday.
  • Avon Area:
  • Between Ramp 34 and 38, the area is open to pedestrian access and will reopen to ORVs on Nov. 1 (a designated seasonal ORV route).
  • Cape Point-Buxton-Hatteras Area:
  • Ramp 43 is open with access to Cape Point
  • Ramp 45 is open to pedestrian access
  • Ramp 49 is open to pedestrian and ORV access
  • Ramp 55 remains closed to ORV access until standing water recedes
  • Ocracoke Island:
  • Ramp 59 remains closed to ORV access until standing water recedes
  • Ramp 67 is open to pedestrian and ORV access
  • Ramp 68 is open to pedestrian access and ORVs
  • Ramp 70 is open to pedestrian and ORV access with access to South Point
  • Ramp 72 remains closed to ORV access until standing water recedes

Other Park facilities:
All Park Visitor Centers and ORV permit offices are open and have resumed normal hours of operation.

Billy Mitchell and Ocracoke airstrips are open.

The Know Your Park series presentation, previously scheduled for Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Ocracoke Community Center, has been cancelled.

For more information, contact 252-473-2111.

Anglers Club tournament is on for next week

The Cape Hatteras Anglers Club annual Invitation Surf-fishing Tournament will go on as planned next week.

“We’re asking people to leave early, expect delays, carpool, and expect smaller stations on the beach,” said club president Larry Hardham.

Hardham said that 120 teams have registered, and he expects almost all of them to come.

The tournament begins with the captains’ meeting at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, and runs through Saturday, Nov. 10.

For more information go to the club website at

Belated trick or treat at Hatteras Realty

Hatteras Realty will sponsor a belated trick-or-treat Halloween party on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 3 until 5 p.m. at offices in Hatteras, Avon, and Waves.  There will be ghoulish treats. Costumes are encouraged but not required.

Hatteras UMC Coastal Arts and Craft Day postponed

Because of Hurricane Sandy, the Hatteras Methodist Women’s Coastal Arts and Craft Day has been re-scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. - 2 pm. Also the location of this event has changed. It will be at the Hatteras Community Building, located between the post office and the library.

Really Really Free Market cancelled

The Really Really Free Market, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Avon Volunteer Fire Department has been cancelled for this month.

Storm debris pickup

Dare County has not made any decisions on storm debris pickup on Hatteras Island.

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