N.C. Ferry Division Assisting with Ocracoke Power Outage Evacuation Thursday, July 27, 2017

OCRACOKE – The N.C. Department of Transportation Ferry Division is assisting with the visitor evacuation of Ocracoke Island due to an anticipated long-term power outage. Hyde County Emergency Management issued a mandatory evacuation order for all island visitors beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 27.

There is no deadline on when visitors must be off the island but Hyde County is requesting that all visitors attempt to be off the island by noon on Friday, July 28.

That means that as of 5 p.m. today, only residents, property owners, emergency personnel, vendors and critical infrastructure providers with Ocracoke re-entry documentation are allowed on ferries inbound to Ocracoke.

Priority boarding is suspended for all vessels leaving Ocracoke, and tolls will be waived for ferries on trips between Ocracoke and Cedar Island or Swan Quarter.

Evacuation procedures will remain in effect for all Ocracoke ferries until Hyde County emergency officials lift the order.

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