July 6, 2014
UPDATE: The summer season
is back in full swing
By IRENE NOLAN
Electric Membership Cooperative restored power to Ocracoke Island about
9:30 last night, and about 30 minutes later, Hyde County re-opened the
island to visitors.
Ferries today are running on normal
schedules, and businesses on the island, many of which were closed
because they had no electricity, are open again.
allowed residents and essential personnel back on Hatteras Island at
noon yesterday and re-opened the island to visitors at 4 p.m.
was slow going in the late afternoon and early evening. By
4'oclock traffic was lined up from the checkpoint at the north end of
the Bonner Bridge to Whalebone Junction. Then at least one
accident and one-lane traffic at the Pea Island Inlet Bridge slowed
down the flow and vehicles were backed up again.
The one area on
Hatteras still struggling with hurricane clean-up is the tri-villages
of Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo, an area that had the highest storm surge
from the Pamlico Sound early Friday morning during Hurricane Arthur.
National Weather Service in Newport, N.C., said today that the storm
surge in the tri-villages was about 3 to 4 feet and possibly up to 5
feet in some areas. A team of from the Weather Service will be in
the area tomorrow to get more information about the water level rise in
Residents of the villages are still trying to clean up the debris and damage -- even as visitors began arriving.
folks have posted on social media or contacted Island Free Press to say
that they are desperately in need to volunteers to help with the
clean-up in the villages.
Meanwhile, Cape Hatteras National
Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial, and Fort Raleigh National
Historic Site, have resumed normal operations with the exception of
Ocracoke Campground, which expects to reopen at 5 p.m. today.
Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site are
open and have resumed normal hours of operation. In Cape Hatteras
National Seashore, all facilities in the Bodie Island District, the
Hatteras District, and the Ocracoke District are open and have resumed
normal hours of operation, with the exception of Ocracoke Campground.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches, all ocean and soundside beach
areas have been evaluated for safe access for both pedestrians and
off-road vehicles. The beaches are open to pedestrian access
through-out the park unless otherwise posted.
The following beach access ramps are open to off-road vehicles (ORVs):
- Bodie Island/Oregon Inlet Area: Ramp 4
- South of Tri-Villages: Ramp 27 and Ramp 30
- Near Village of Avon: Ramp 38
- Buxton: R. amp 43 and Ramp 44
- Frisco and Hatteras Village: Ramp 49 and Ramp 55
- Ocracoke: Ramp 67 and Ramp 70
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is open for climbing. The Hatteras
Visitor Center and bookstore and the Buxton off-road vehicle permit
office reopened on normal schedules today. The Lighthouse beach
lifeguard operation has returned to normal hours of operation.
Fireworks will be Monday, July 7, at 9 p.m. at Avon Pier.
Carey Fest scheduled for Thursday, July 10, at the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo
Community Building has been postponed because of storm damage in the
tri-villages. It will be rescheduled soon. Watch IFP's Event
Planner for more information.