At 1 o'clock this afternoon islanders gathered at the Community Center to hear about Ocracoke Civic & Business Association plans to let off-islanders know the details when Ocracoke is again open to visitors.
Although the mainline electric power has been restored, it is only because "temporary" poles have been erected to span the "new inlet" on Hatteras Island. Tideland Electric Coop wants to test the system for at least 24-36 hours before giving the go-ahead to re-open Ocracoke.
We are expecting official word about the situation sometime this evening, after our County Commissioners meet and come to a decision. Look for a report here later today or early tomorrow morning.
In the meanwhile please click on the link below for information about ways to help our neighbors on Hatteras Island, many of whom have lost their homes and possessions to flooding from hurricane Irene
The following link gives information about food donations for Hatteras Island: