Ocracoke residents remain under generator power. According to the Tideland EMC, the fate of the island's transmission service rests with Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative to the north on Hatteras Island.
Ocracoke residents, please be conservative with water and electricity consumption. Resources are limited until full power is restored. Limit your electricity usage during peak times (8 a.m.-8 p.m.). Turn off all unnecessary lights, set air conditioners to the highest comfortable setting, curtail use of or turn off major appliances during the PEAK TIMES. Please limit your water to personal consumption.
Since Wednesday, August 31, only vehicles with a purple sticker and vehicles with a green sticker (residents) have been allowed on the Swan Quarter and Cedar Island ferries to Ocracoke, in that priority order. Residents with a current, valid driver's license with an Ocracoke address are also allowed. This will allow infrastructure, utilities, and essential personnel to get in place and residents to get back to their homes. Access to Ocracoke is only allowed via NCDOT ferry traffic from Swan Quarter and Cedar Island. There is no reentry to Ocracoke for non-resident property owners or visitors until utilities and infrastructure are in place which is estimated to be no earlier than one week. There is no access to Hatteras Island through Ocracoke Island.
On Ocracoke, there is beach access through ramp 70 and 67.
Airspace over Ocracoke Island is closed until further notice.