at 12:00 pm Monday, September 10, 2018, 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
potential impact of hurricane Florence.
Hurricane Florence is projected to be a major
hurricane with landfall somewhere in the southeastern N.C. area. All of
Hyde County is currently in the cone of uncertainty and current
projections show the possibility of tropical storm force winds arriving
as early as Wednesday evening.
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 possible flooding and wash over on Hwy
12, impacts may occur well in advance of the storm, we recommend
starting your evacuation as soon as possible and utilizing the sound
route ferries when evacuating. Decisive action is necessary for
Ocracoke visitors to insure you arrive at your destination safely.
The Hyde County Emergency Services Department
will continue to monitor the forecast and issue advisories as
appropriate. Also, the Ocracoke Deputy Control Group will continue
meeting to receive daily weather briefings and discuss emergency
protective measures. Citizens should monitor their local weather
outlets, the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Offices, and the
National Hurricane Center for the most timely information.
To see Hyde County’s Hurricane and Flood Procedures and Preparation Information, visit our website at http://hydecountync.gov/hurricane_and_flood_info/index.php