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
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.
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.