Gov. Cooper Signs State of Emergency
for Hatteras, Ocracoke Islands
Roy Cooper has signed a State of Emergency declaration and waived
weight and hours of service restrictions due to a major power outage on
Hatteras Island in Dare County and Ocracoke Island in Hyde County. The
power outage was caused when a transmission line was cut while
construction work was being carried out on the Bonner Bridge.
declaration will allow us to move much needed resources through the
state as quickly as possible to help restore the power to Ocracoke and
Hatteras Islands,” Governor Cooper said.
Earlier today, Governor
Cooper received the news that Hyde County had ordered a mandatory
evacuation order for visitors on Ocracoke Island effective 5 p.m.
under the Emergency Management Act, the State of Emergency declaration
enables the governor to mobilize the necessary resources to respond to
this severe power outage.
The executive order waives
restrictions on weight and the hours of service for fuel, utility and
other truck drivers that may be working to deliver supplies and other
resources needed to restore power in the affected areas. The waiver is
in effect until rescinded.