August 4, 2017

Vacationers Honk and Celebrate as the Islands Re-Open for Business

Footage provided by Dare County of this morning’s re-opening of N.C. Highway 12 south of the Bonner Bridge showed a long line of excited visitors ready to arrive.

The mandatory evacuation and subsequent checkpoint was lifted at 12 p.m. this afternoon, and many cars arrived early and parked in the lot north of the Bonner Bridge until restrictions were removed.

Several locals reported that it was slow going trying to reach Hatteras Island this morning, noting that traffic was backed up, and was at a virtual standstill at times, as more visitors waited to re-enter.

Once the checkpoint was lifted, however, cars started to ease onto southbound N.C. Highway 12, cheering and honking horns along the way.

The slow line of traffic flowing south on N.C. 12 continued into the afternoon, while area businesses reopened their doors for the new wave of vacationers.

CHEC was able to restore total power on Thursday evening, which lead to the 12 p.m. Friday re-opening of Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands.


08.03.2017-Power Restored Evacuation Lifted Starting Friday At Noon
08.03.2017-Unrestricted Access To Hatteras Island Effective Friday August 4 At 12pm
08.03.2017-Restored Power Just 1-2 Days Away Outage Update For Thursday Morning
08.02.2017-Timeline Moved up to 2-3 Days from Wednesday Evening
08.02.2017-Efforts Remain Focused on Overhead Solution
08.02.2017-Timeline Reduced Again To 3-5 Days As Overhead Transmission Line Construction Emerges As Preferred Solution
08.01.2017-Timeline for Repairs Reduced to 4-6 Days
08.01.2017-Progress SteadilyContinuesOnBothSolutionsUpdateForTuesdayAfternoon
08.01.2017-Time Frame Narrows As Progress To Dual Solutions Continue
07.31.2017-Significant Progress Made To Overhead Solution As Dual Solutions To Power Repairs Are Executed
07.31.2017-Steel Casing Was Being Set Aside When It Cut Power To Hatteras
07.31.2017-Governor Cooper Visits Excavation Site and Avon Pier
07.31.2017-Overnight Testing Reveals Only Two Cables Are Damaged
07.30.2017-Repairs Underway and Tentative Time Frame Established Outage Update For Sunday Evening July 30
07.30.2017-Pamlico Sound Ferry Routes To Adopt Alternate Schedule
07.30.2017-All Three Transmission Cables Compromised Outage Update For Sunday 8 am
07.28.2017-Severed Transmission Cable Exposed; Testing Planned to Determine Repair Timeline
07.29.2017-Evacuation Moves Forward while CHEC Continues Work to Provide Temporary Power
07.28.2017-Help Is On The Way: NC Ferry Division Delivers Generators To Ocracoke

07.28.2017-Mandatory Power Conservation Measures for Hatteras Island
07.28.2017-Mandatory Evacuation Order Issued for Hatteras Island Visitors
07.28.2017-Crews Working to Determine Time Frame for Power Cable Repairs
07.28.2017-"Today is going to be a better day."
07.27.2017-Gov. Cooper Signs State of Emergency for Hatteras, Ocracoke Islands 
07.27.2017-Visitors ordered to evacuate Ocracoke Island due to power outage.
07.27.2017-Hatteras and Ocracoke Island Power Outage – What We Know So Far
07.27.2017-Staying Hydrated and Safe with Power Outages on Hatteras Island
07.27.2017-Cause of Outage Determined; Update on Island Generator Power
07.27.2017-Widespread Power Outage Affects All Of Hatteras and Ocracoke

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