Mandatory Evacuation Order For
All Visitors on Ocracoke Island
at 5 a.m. Monday, September 25, 2017, the Hyde County Board of
Commissioners have declared a state of emergency for all of Hyde County
and a mandatory visitor evacuation of Ocracoke Island due to the threat
of hurricane Maria. Direct impacts from the storm include tropical
storm force winds and storm surge of 2-4 feet along the Outer Banks.
During a state of emergency, all NC DOT ferry reservations are canceled
and tolls are waived. Boarding the ferries will be on a first come
first serve basis. Due to the temporary fortification in place after
Jose on Hwy 12, impacts may occur in advance of the storm, we recommend
starting your evacuation as soon as possible and utilizing the sound
route ferries when evacuating. Based on current forecast holds, wind
speeds could cause the suspension of ferry services early Tuesday
morning, potentially making Monday night the last runs available.
Decisive action is necessary for Ocracoke visitors to insure you arrive
at your destination safely.
All of Hyde County is currently under a tropical storm watch. Remember
that impacts occur well beyond the cone of error and tropical storm
force winds extend up to 230+ miles from the center of the storm.
Please make sure you have multiple ways to receive weather alerts, as
there is the potential for severe weather. In addition, everyone needs
ensure that their household hurricane preparedness plans are in place.
You should be able to sustain yourself and your family for up to 72
hours after a storm. Please start to secure all outdoor furniture and
any other loose objects. Any updates regarding Hyde County can be found
on our web page and social media outlets.