UPDATE:  Ocracoke Property Owners Allowed on the Island on Tuesday; Visitors Allowed on Ocracoke Starting Friday

The Hyde County Board of Commissioners met at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 17, to discuss reentry into Ocracoke Island. At this meeting, the decision was made to lift the restriction on non-resident property owners starting Tuesday, September 18. Visitors will be allowed back on the island starting Friday, September 21.
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Mandatory Evacuation Order for Ocracoke Island Residents has been Lifted


At 9:30 a.m., Sunday, September 16, the Hyde County Board of Commissioners lifted the mandatory evacuation order for Hyde County Residents, Essential Personnel, and Vendors only. Read more

Hatteras / Ocracoke Ferry Remains Closed as NCDOT Works to Fix Highway 12 on Ocracoke Island

The Hatteras / Ocracoke ferry route remains closed for the immediate future due to storm damage to N.C. Highway 12 on the northern end of Ocracoke Island. 
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Hatteras Island Gets Back to Normal after Storm Subsides

It was business as usual the Monday after Hurricane Florence made a lingering appearance along the Outer Banks, and residents were relieved that the storm caused little damage to Hatteras Island on the whole.
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Hatteras Island Schools Opening Tuesday, September 18

The Dare County Schools safety team has been able to assess school and road conditions on Hatteras Island, and have deemed the area safe for students and teachers to return to school.

As of this moment, ALL Dare County Schools will re-open on Tuesday, September 18. Should conditions warrant a change in our current plan, parents will be notified immediately.



Hatteras Island Open; Travelers are Advised to be on the Lookout for Debris

Per a recent update from Dare County Emergency Management (DCEM), there are currently no restrictions on entry into any areas of the county as of 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. However, those travelling onto Hatteras Island should nevertheless use caution due to remaining debris and sand on the roads from Florence. 
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Hatteras Island Opens for Residents, Property Owners and Workers; Visitors Allowed Back on Sunday

Dare County Emergency Management (DCEM) announced on Saturday afternoon that reentry guidelines for Hatteras Island have been established. Beginning today, Saturday, September 15 at 2:30 p.m., Priority Levels Two and Three will be allowed access. This includes residents, property owners and workers. 
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NCDOT Makes Significant Progress on N.C. Highway 12

The North Carolina Department of Transportation reported that significant progress had been made on N.C. Highway 12 on Friday evening.
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Minor Overwash Accompanies Friday’s High Tide; NCDOT and CHEC Hard at Work on Repairs

Minor ocean overwash accompanied Friday’s midday high tide at several hot spots on Hatteras Island, however, the flooding was significantly less than Thursday’s inundation of ocean water onto N.C. Highway 12.
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Weekend Re-Entry Planned for Northern Outer Banks, but Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands Remain Closed

Dare County Emergency Management announced that staged re-entry is planned for communities north or Oregon Inlet beginning with residents on Saturday, September 15 at 7 a.m. However, Hatteras and Ocracoke islands remain closed to residents and visitors for the immediate future due to ocean overwash and questionable road conditions. 
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Highway 12 Remains Closed; Ocean Overwash Remains a Concern

Florence made landfall in Wrightsville Beach overnight and began a slow move west and away from Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, however, storm surge threat will remain high as winds stay elevated and the next high tide approaches at approximately 11:30 a.m. 
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Florence Slowly Approaches Southern Carolina Coastline as Ocean Overwash Becomes an Issue Throughout the Islands

Florence began a slow move towards the southern Carolina coastline as NCDOT crews worked to remove excess ocean water and sand from portions of Highway 12 on Thursday afternoon. 
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Highway 12 Closed Between Bonner Bridge and Hatteras; Flooding Reported in All Villages...WITH SLIDE SHOW AND VIDEO

Thursday morning’s high tide brought heavy oceanside flooding to all villages on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, making a number of areas of N.C. Highway 12 impassable.
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Oceanside Flooding Reported at Multiple Locations on Hatteras Island

Oceanside flooding started to hit Hatteras Island with full force on Thursday morning, with multiple locations reporting water inundation on N.C. Highway 12.
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Top Wind Speeds Lowered, but Forecasted Impacts Remain the Same

Florence’s top wind speeds have lowered as the storm approaches the Carolina coast, but the forecasted impacts for Hatteras and Ocracoke islands remain the same, per the Thursday morning update from the National Weather Service (NWS) Newport / Morehead City update. 
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Florence’s Southern Track Remains the Same, but Storm Surge and Heavy Rains Still a Concern

The projected southern track of Florence remained the same in the Wednesday evening update from the National Weather Service (NWS) Newport / Morehead City update, but heavy rains and storm surge are still a large threat for Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. 
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Minor Ocean Overwash Reported at Pea Island and Ocean View Drive in Avon

Ocean overwash was reported with Wednesday morning’s high tide at several locations on Hatteras Island that are prone to oceanside flooding during storms.
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Florence Track Shifts Southwest and Slows Down in Wednesday Morning Update

The track of Florence has shifted to the southwest, however forecasters warn that impacts will be felt far from the center, per the Wednesday morning update from the National Weather Service (NWS) Newport / Morehead City Office.
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Hurricane and Storm Surge Warnings Issued for Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands

A Hurricane Warning and Storm Surge Warning are now in effect for Dare County and Hyde County indicating that tropical storm conditions and life-threatening storm surge are expected within 36 hours, per the Tuesday evening briefing from the National Weather Service (NWS) Newport / Morehead City Office
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Ferry Division Announces Final Evacuation Schedules From Ocracoke
 

The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division will suspend operations on the Hatteras Inlet route after tomorrow’s 8 a.m. ferry run from Ocracoke to Hatteras. 
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 Hurricane and Storm Surge Watch Issued for Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands

A Hurricane and Storm Surge Watch has been issued for the N.C. coastline as Hurricane Florence remains on track for a late Thursday night or Friday morning landfall, per the Tuesday morning update from the National Weather Service (NWS) Newport / Morehead City office. 
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Florence Now Category 4; Evacuation Progresses Slowly on Monday Afternoon

Florence strengthened to a Category 4 with maximum winds of 140 mph on Monday, and is headed towards a Thursday afternoon or evening landfall, per the 5:30 p.m. update from the National Weather Service (NWS) Newport / Morehead City office. 
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N.C. Ferries to Aid in Ocracoke Evacuation

As Hurricane Florence approaches the North Carolina coast, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division is assisting with the evacuation of all visitors and residents from Ocracoke Island. Hyde County issued a mandatory evacuation order for island visitors immediately and for residents beginning 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11.
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Dare County Schools Closed for the Remainder of the Week

In response to the approaching storm, all Dare County Schools will be closed on September 11 through the remainder of the week. Cape Hatteras Elementary and Cape Hatteras Secondary Schools released early today in response to the mandatory evacuation.

Additionally, the Board of Education meeting that was scheduled for tomorrow evening has been canceled.


Mandatory Evacuation Issued for Ocracoke Island Visitors Starting Monday at Noon

Effective at 12 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. 
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Ocean Overwash Reported on Pea Island at High Tide

Ocean overwash was reported on Pea Island near the new Captain Richard Etheridge Bridge and by the Pea Island Visitors Center on Monday morning around high tide.
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Mandatory Evacuation Issued for all Hatteras Island Residents and Visitors

A state of emergency has been issued and a mandatory evacuation order for all visitors and residents on Hatteras Island will be in effect beginning Monday, September 10 at 12:00 p.m. This includes all areas of Hatteras Island including the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village. 
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Florence Continues to Strengthen and is Forecast to Make Landfall as Major Hurricane

Florence continues to strengthen with an increasing risk of life-threatening impacts for coastal North Carolina, including storm surge and widespread rainfall totals in the 6-12 inches range, per the Monday morning update from the National Weather Service Newport / Morehead City office. 
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Confidence Increasing that Florence will Approach East Coast as Major Hurricane

Confidence is increasing that Florence will approach the East Coast as a major hurricane, per the Sunday morning update from the National Weather Service (NWS) Newport / Morehead City office.  Read more

Tropical Storm Wind Probability Increases in Saturday Evening NWS Update

Though the forecast track for Florence is still uncertain, the probability for tropical storm-strength winds has increased for Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, per the Saturday evening update from the National Weather Service (NWS) Newport / Morehead City office. 
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