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Hurricane Matthew relief funding remains in limbo

Although floodwaters from Hurricane Matthew receded a little more than a month ago, the storm’s effects will linger for years. And if past is prologue, experiences from the disaster will reshape planning and practices at all levels of government.

In North Carolina, policy changes large and small tend to follow major storms and Matthew and the extensive inland floods that followed certainly qualify, with 29 storm-related deaths and damage estimates climbing above the $2 billion mark.  
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Hatteras residents asked to report suspected water leaks

The Dare County Cape Hatteras Water System, which serves the villages of Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras, has experienced higher than normal water demands since Hurricane Matthew on Oct. 9. Initially, system officials attributed higher flows to storm cleanup, but the demands have not diminished since the hurricane. 
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Vendor ferry passes for 2017 will cost $150

The North Carolina Department of Transportation's Ferry Division is now accepting applications for 2017 vendor priority loading passes on the Hatteras Inlet route. Under legislation passed by the General Assembly in 2016, applicants must pay a $150 fee for the pass. 
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Contractors planning final pass for storm debris removal

Beginning Monday, Dec. 5, the storm debris removal contractor in Dare County will begin the second and final pass for storms debris removal in all Hatteras Island villages and other areas of unincorporated Dare County. 
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Storm recovery dominates Commissioners' meeting once again

The Dare County Board of Commissioners had its semi-monthly meeting at the Fessenden Center in Buxton on Monday, Nov. 21, and hurricane recovery efforts dominated the meeting once again.

The removal of debris – a relatively slow process and a bone of contention for many residents – was a big topic that was revisited several times during the meeting, starting with an update on the process from County Manager Bobby Outten.
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A conversation with Danny Couch, Hatteras Island's commissioner-elect...WITH AUDIO

Danny Couch of Buxton, Hatteras Island's commissioner-elect, was the guest on the Nov. 20 edition of "To the Point," a Radio Hatteras interview show, hosted by Irene Nolan, editor of The Island Free Press. In a wide-ranging conversation, Couch, who will be sworn in as a member of the Dare Commissioners at the next regular meeting at 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 5 talked about what he hopes to accomplish on the board. 
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Ferry Division to look into modifying spring schedule

Although the N.C. Ferry Division has set up the spring ferry schedule, they haven’t released it yet and may include suggestions by Ocracoke islanders to add a run at 10:30 a.m. during the week. Chris Bock, manager of operations at Hatteras, attended the monthly meeting Monday, Nov. 14, in the Ocracoke Community Center and discussed ferry operations at length with about eight attendees.
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Disaster Assistance Team returns to Hatteras, FEMA deadline extended
A Disaster Survivor Assistance Team is returning to Hatteras Island Saturday, Nov. 19 through Wednesday, Nov. 23.

Also, yesterday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved a 31-day extension for Hurricane Matthew survivors to apply for federal disaster assistance. 
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Board of Commissioners will meet in Buxton on Nov. 21

The Dare County Board of Commissioners will meet at the Fessenden Center in Buxton for its second regular meeting in November, which is on Monday, Nov. 21, at 5 p.m. 
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Matthew did little to change conditions in Hatteras Inlet

While much of Hatteras village suffered losses from Hurricane Matthew, the storm did remarkably little to change conditions in Hatteras Inlet for the charter fleet.

“The inlet has moved a little bit, and the channel has moved a little bit,” said Steve “Creature” Coulter, a Hatteras charter boat captain. “I wouldn’t say anything has changed. But it hasn’t gotten any better - and it hasn’t gotten any worse.”  
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Body of missing fisherman found on Frisco beach

A 50-year-old man washed ashore on the Frisco beach just an hour or so after he was reported missing from a fishing boat off of Hatteras Island on Monday, Nov. 14. The man was on board the commercial fishing vessel, the Lady Kimberly out of Beaufort, when he fell overboard while holding a net, according to a Coast Guard spokesperson.
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New ferry dredge successfully completes first assignment

The North Carolina Ferry Division's new Dredge Manteo successfully completed its first assignment over the Veterans Day holiday weekend, clearing debris out of the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry channel that was left behind by Hurricane Matthew last month.
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NOAA's winter forecast is for warmer, drier weather on the Outer Banks

The Climate Prediction Center issued a La Nina watch this month, predicting that the climate phenomenon is likely to develop in late fall or early winter. La Nina favors drier, warmer winters in the southern U.S and wetter, cooler conditions in the northern U.S.  
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Hatteras village after Hurricane Matthew...WITH SLIDE SHOW

Erin Vetter has lived in Hatteras village for four years with her husband, Danny. Like many others, they vacationed here from their home in the Washington, D.C. area and one day decided to make the move.

Danny still works, mostly from home, for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, but Erin, who has a degree in art studio photograph but had a career in advertising and marketing, started a new business after the move to Hatteras. 
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Matthew's storm surge may set record on southern Hatteras...WITH SLIDE SHOW

Hurricane Matthew ended its deadly and devastating march up the East Coast of the United States early this morning when it moved south of Cape Hatteras and finally headed out to sea. At 5 p.m., Matthew, now a post-tropical cyclone, was 200 miles east of Cape Hatteras.

In the storm's wake, southern Hatteras and Ocracoke islands saw flooding that was much higher than Tropical Storm Hermine's on Sept. 3. The surge was also much higher than many other notorious storms that have raked the islands in years past and may set some records in Hatteras and Ocracoke villages.
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