Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Public Advisory 5

October 29, 2012
As of 4 p.m.

Flood waters remain on Ocracoke Island, but have receded from 18-24 inches down to 6-10 inches throughout the village. Thus far, power has been mainly uninterrupted. Several businesses are open and provisions - including hot meals, gas and groceries - are available for purchase.

No storm-related injuries have been reported and property damage looks to be minimal at this point. Because of limited access, Hyde County Emergency Personnel have not performed damage assessments. Staffers are making preparations to determine individual and public assistance needs as soon as conditions allow. 

The United Methodist Disaster Recovery volunteers are ready to assist with cleanup efforts. Plans are in the works to mobilize a team when transportation allows. Those needing assistance can call Tommy Gilbert at (252) 542-9453.

Transportation remains limited on Ocracoke Island. At this point, there is no word on when ferry service will resume. Also, NC 12 has seen significant over wash on the north end of the island, so transportation could be further compromised for those on Ocracoke. Crews with NC DOT are currently working to repair the roadway. 

Due to conditions, the Ocracoke Airport is closed and air traffic is limited to government, military and emergency aircraft only.

Ocracoke School was closed today. Officials will notify parents if the school is to be closed tomorrow.
Sandy's updated track shows increased strength and forward speed, so forecasters are confident that the system will be moving out of the area expediently. Storm force winds are predicted to cease by 8 p.m. 
Tuesday night. Flood waters may begin to recede further tomorrow, but additional flooding could take place during high tide cycles. High tide will occur tonight (Monday) around 8 p.m. and at 9 a.m. tomorrow.
The National Weather Service noted because Sandy is a hybrid system, accurate forecasts can be challenging and may vary as the system progresses.

Flood waters pose an additional danger to residents with private wells. According to Hyde County Health Director Wes Smith, those with private wells must take steps to disinfect water. Click here for specifics on decontaminating wells.

Persons on Ocracoke Island should continue to monitor flooding and exercise caution. Rushing flood waters are extremely dangerous and debris from flooding will likely pose additional hazards.
In case of emergency, dial 911. For medical non-emergencies, call 928-SICK. Hyde County Emergency Responders will make every effort to respond to emergencies. Due to conditions, however, response may be delayed.
Please tune in to local radio WOVV 90.1 FM on Ocracoke Island, or via the internet at, or check the Hyde County Public Information Facebook page for updates.


  1. Anonymous7:36 PM

    How many times has NC Mainlander thought of the good folks of Ocracoke Island today and yesterday? I've lost count!

    Know you all are well versed in these types of storms, but my prayers are still with you.

  2. Julia H3:47 PM

    Thinking of you and praying your recovery is quick. I fell deeply in love with your beautiful island this summer and will return again. Wish I could be there to help. Sending love.