Coast Guard assists boater off Oregon Inlet

Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet personnel assisted a disabled vessel today near Oregon Inlet. Watchstanders at Sector North Carolina received a report of a disabled 18-foot pleasure craft with two people aboard at approximately 12:35 p.m. The vessel had run out of fuel and was drifting toward the Bonner Bridge. A 24-foot Special Purpose Craft […]

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Evacuation Moves Forward while CHEC Continues Work to Provide Temporary Power – Outage Update for Saturday, 12 p.m.

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) is focusing its efforts today on ensuring that all residents on Hatteras Island have continuous temporary power.  Per Laura Ertle, Director of Public Relations for CHEC, all of the circuits for Avon and all villages south have been energized, and no rolling blackouts are expected for these areas. There are […]

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Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry Route to Adopt Hourly Schedule Sunday

With the mandatory evacuation of Ocracoke visitors complete, the North Carolina Department of Transportation Ferry Division will be adopting an alternate schedule on the Hatteras-Ocracoke route beginning Sunday, July 30. The Swan Quarter-Ocracoke and Cedar Island-Ocracoke routes will remain on their regular schedules. As of 2 p.m. Saturday, the North Carolina Ferry System had evacuated […]

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Three Campgrounds at CHNS Close as a Result of Non-Resident Evacuation Orders

Due to damaged underground electrical transmission cables near Oregon Inlet, Hyde and Dare Counties have issued mandatory evacuation orders for visitors on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. The orders have been issued to protect life safety during this period of lost and unreliable electrical service. Information on Dare County’s mandatory visitor evacuation order can be found […]

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Velton Jones Austin, Jr.

FRISCO — Velton Jones Austin, Jr.,62 of Frisco died unexpectedly Friday, July 29, 2017. Velton Jr. is¬†predeceased by his parents, Velton Austin, Sr. and Mary AustinCurles, and his former wife, Sharon Austin. Surviving Velton Jr. are histhree children, Joshua Austin, Shasi Austin and Jacob Austin;three¬† brothers, Alphe (Debbie) Austin, Richard (Rebecca) Austinand James Kelley. Also […]

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Help Is On The Way: NC Ferry Division Delivers Generators To Ocracoke

The N.C. Department of Transportation Ferry Division today loaded two 90,000-pound electrical generators bound for Ocracoke Island aboard the Motor Vessel Sea Level.  The Tideland Electrical Membership Corporation is hoping to use the generators to restore temporary power to much of the island by this evening. The Ferry Division has also scheduled regular fuel deliveries […]

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Severed Transmission Cable Exposed; Testing Planned to Determine Repair Timeline

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) continues restoration efforts in the wake of a transmission outage that was caused when PCL Construction accidently drove a steel casing into the cooperative’s underground transmission cable on Thursday morning, July 27. PCL Construction, CHEC and New River Construction, the cooperative’s transmission contractor, have worked to excavate the site of […]

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Majority of Cape Hatteras National Seashore Visitor Services and Facilities Remain Open

The underground transmission cable that was damaged at the south end of the Bonner Bridge yesterday morning is continuing to cause electric challenges and outages on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. The majority of Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) facilities, including the Cape Point Campground, Oregon Inlet Campground, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Bodie Island Lighthouse, Hatteras Island […]

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