Saturday, September 03, 2011
Hyde Co. Emer. Services Public Advisory, 9/3/2011 8am
"Beginning on Saturday, September 3, there will be reentry to Ocracoke for vehicles with red stickers (non-resident property owners). Also acceptable is proper documentation including your Ocracoke tax card, deed, and identification. Also in place is the continued reentry for vehicles with a purple sticker and vehicles with a green sticker (residents). Residents with a current, valid driver’s license with an Ocracoke address are also allowed. A priority order of purple sticker, green sticker, and red sticker will allow infrastructure, utilities, and essential personnel to get in place, residents to get back to their homes, and non-resident property owners to assess their property. Access to Ocracoke is only allowed via NCDOT ferry traffic from Swan Quarter and Cedar Island.
The current Ferry Schedule is as follows:
Leaving Swan Quarter: 7 am, 10 am, 12:30 pm, 4:30 pm
Leaving Ocracoke: 6:30 am, 9:30 am, 12:45 pm, 4 pm
Leaving Cedar Island: 7 am, 10 am, 1 pm, 3:30 pm
Leaving Ocracoke: 7:30 am, 10 am, 1 pm, 3:30 pm
On Ocracoke, there is beach access through ramp 70 and 67.
Airspace over Ocracoke Island is closed until further notice.
Highway 12 from the village of Ocracoke north to the Hatteras Ferry Dock is open to public traffic. There is no access to Hatteras Island through Ocracoke Island.
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 occupants, 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."