Saturday, August 14, 2004

Hurricane Charley

At the moment, Ocracoke is quiet with hardly a breath of wind. We are hoping that hurricane Charley will pass us by with minimal impact. However, visitors have been evacuated and residents are watching and preparing for at least some effects as Charley moves north.

The following information was provided by Hyde County:

On Friday the Hyde County Emergency Mangagement Office issued a State of Emergency Proclamation and a mandatory evacuation order for Ocracoke Island, beginning at 5:00 pm.

Also, the National Park Service personnel at Cape Hatteras National Seashore notified the public that several of their facilities, including Ocracoke Campground would close at noon, August 13 due to predicted rainfall and flooding conditions. The campgrounds are not scheduled to reopen until the grounds have dried out.

Travelers who were planning to visit the county in the upcoming days should check with officials before beginning their trip. The NC Ferry Division can be reached at 800-BY-FERRY. The Hyde County Chamber of Commerce can be reached at 888-493-3826. The latest information is also on-line at

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