Friday, September 02, 2011

From: Hyde County Emergency Services, Sept. 2, 8 am

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.


  1. Anonymous12:01 PM

    What happened to the "rolling blackout"? My electricity has been on since four this morning and it is now 12 noon. That's eight hours! Hurray!

  2. Anonymous2:03 PM

    Good to hear! Maybe things are improving faster than expected.

  3. Anonymous2:32 PM

    Do you know if FEMA or any agency is helping with the loss of business and lack of employment for the Ocracoke residents. With Ocracoke depending on tourism and this being the last part of the busy season, I imagine this must really effect the income for all residents. If not, do you know of any central fund set-up and managed for people to donate to?

  4. Anonymous3:22 PM

    I think the village of Hatteras is in everyone's thoughts. Can't even imagine how they all feel right now.

  5. My power came on this morning at 5:00am and has stayed on all day.

  6. Dawn Taylor8:08 PM

    Hey Phillip,

    Glad to hear you survived Irene. As you know, we're dealing with quite a bit in Avon and north of here. Went up to Rodanthe yesterday and took pics of the breach. Destruction was unbelievable. But, God saw us through.