Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Hyde Co. Emergency Services -- All Traffic Will Be Allowed on Ocracoke!

As of Wednesday, 9/7/11, 5 PM, the state of emergency that has been in effect for Ocracoke and Hyde County will be lifted. All traffic is allowed on Ocracoke through Cedar Island and Swan Quarter ferry routes.

Please continue to be aware of recovery plans [that] are in place to continue restoration efforts. Please be respectful of roadside crews doing clean-up. Please be aware that rescue operations and debris removal are happening.

Please contact the NCDOT-Ferry for reservation information.

Please contact your accommodations on Ocracoke to inquire about your reservations.

Authorized traffic to and from Hatteras will need to be aware of Dare County’s current reentry policy and status at

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.

 Check and abide by current NOTAM status for Ocracoke Airstrip W95.

 Highway 12 from the village of Ocracoke north to the Hatteras Ferry Dock is open to public traffic.

 Please be aware of deadly rip currents as swells associated with Hurricane Katia impact the area. NOAA has issued a rip current risk beginning Wednesday morning through Friday morning resulting in high surf, dangerous swimming conditions, rip currents, additional erosion, and possible overwash around high tide. There is also a high surf advisory in effect from 6 AM Wednesday to 6 AM Friday


  1. Anonymous11:48 AM

    Great news, Philip! WRAL-TV in Raleigh and WTVD-11 in Durham have been making the announcement, too. Also, I noticed several ads on TV encouraging people to travel to The Outer Banks. WRAL-TV is also promoting a contest to Ocracoke, I've heard. I will check it out today.

    Hope everyone will be in good spirits and life will return to "normal" for all there.

    I will look forward to seeing Capt Rob on the Windfall II sailing at sunset once again via web-cams!

    Still remembering your neighbors in Hatteras.

  2. Anonymous12:40 PM

    Oh boy!

  3. ejayhall4:00 PM

    Mr. Howard-

    Will you be offering your ghost walks next week?

  4. Ghost Walks will resume if the weather (and mosquitoes!) cooperate...and we have a minimum number of people. To make reservations please call 252-928-6300, or stop in Village Craftsmen on Howard Street.