...Hurricane Irene was a category 1 hurricane that made landfall near Cape Lookout Saturday morning. Sustained winds were recorded at 90 mph. There are still reports of power outages, downed lines, fallen trees, and impassable roads in Hyde County. We have resources and recovery plans in place to continue restoration efforts.
Hyde County officials continue the limited reentry to Hyde County. At this time, mainland Hyde County is open to all traffic. On Wednesday, August 31, vehicles with a purple sticker and vehicles with a green sticker (residents) will be allowed on the Swan Quarter and Cedar Island ferries to Ocracoke, in that priority order. Residents with a current, valid drivers 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.
The Ferry Schedule for Wednesday, August 31, 2011 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
Communications and county services are limited at this time. There are still flooded roads and downed power lines. Please be respectful of roadside crews doing clean-up. Please be aware that rescue operations and debris removal are still happening. Residents are encouraged to wait, and if you enter, you are entering at your own risk.
...All Hyde County Schools are scheduled to begin on Thursday, September 1 unless otherwise announced.