The View from
Above: New aerial photos of Hatteras Island
Free Press photographer Don Bowers was back in the air yesterday with
Dwight Burrus of Hatteras village to get new photos from above of the
Mirlo Beach/S-curves area and Pea Island Inlet.
The photos from
Mirlo and the S-curves show that the ocean has calmed down after days
and day of northeast wind, but, even at low tide, the water is right up
to the edge of the damaged Highway 12 roadbed.
four-wheel-drive route has continued to be open from 5 a.m. until 10
p.m., but the North Carolina Department of Transportation has not
estimated yet how long it will be before all vehicles will be able to
use the highway.
The most striking of Bowers’ photographs
yesterday were those of Pea Island Inlet, which was cut by Hurricane
Irene in August of last year.
It shows the inlet shoaling up
quickly on the oceanside since Hurricane Sandy brushed by the Outer
Banks last month. It almost looks as if you could walk from one side to
No one has ventured a guess yet on how long the
shoaling will continue, but the area is indeed a good example of the
dynamic changes that can happen seemingly overnight on these barrier
The only other news today on access to Hatteras
is that the DOT’s Ferry Division is cutting back on the emergency
ferries between Stumpy Point and Rodanthe.
there will be eight runs each day from each side, instead of the
current nine runs. The cutback is a cost-saving measure, according to
The new schedule is:
Click here to view a slide show of
Don Bowers’ aerial photos from Nov. 26.
Stumpy Point at 6 a.m., 8, 10, noon, 2 p.m., 4, 6 and 10 p.m.
Rodanthe at 7 a.m., 9, 11, 1 p.m., 3, 5, 7 and 9 p.m.