As most of our readers know by now, Hurricane Matthew has been a disaster for Haiti, and has battered the coast of Florida. As of this writing (12:50 am Saturday morning) Georgia and South Carolina residents are now bracing for Matthew. Ocracoke Islanders are expecting windy conditionsthis weekend, along with high tides and a possible storm surge. The Ferry Division has begun suspending ferry operations (see below for more information).
In the village, boats have been secured, cars & golf carts parked on higher land, and businesses boarded up.
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Vehicles along NC12
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Below is the latest Advisory from Hyde County:
HYDE COUNTY, NC
EMERGENCY PUBLIC NOTICE
Friday, October 7, 2016 - 6:00 p.m.
October 7, 2016 @ 6 p.m.
Matthew's Track has Shifted Closer to NC and the NCDOT Ferry
Division Begins Suspending Routes
At 2 p.m., the North Carolina Department of Transportation
Ferry Division released the following:
Due to the approach of Hurricane
Matthew, the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Ferry Division
will suspend operations to and from Ocracoke after the 4 p.m. departure
from Ocracoke to Cedar Island on Friday, October 7, 2016. The final run
from Ocracoke to Swan Quarter departed at 1:30 p.m. Ferry officials
anticipate suspending operations on the Ocracoke-Hatteras route sometime
"The time has come to secure
our boats and get our crews out of harm's way," said Ferry Division
Deputy Director Jed Dixon. "Anyone still wishing to leave Ocracoke
Island before Hurricane Matthew arrives should do so immediately."
Hyde County officials, standing with our partners at the NCDOT
Ferry Division, would like to emphasize the importance of departing
Ocracoke Island as early as possible. If you are a resident or non-resident
property owner and you are considering evacuating before Matthew arrives,
the time to act is now. Deteriorating weather conditions through the day
today and into tomorrow could preemptively suspend departure routes.
Significant rainfall events over the past several months have resulted in
abnormally high water levels in the Pamlico Sound and the current rainfall
could impact the Ferry Division's ability to dock their vessels long before
the onset of tropical storm force winds.
Even though residents and non-resident property owners,
vendors and critical infrastructure providers will be permitted to travel
to and from the island until ferry service is suspended, the recent changes
in the forecast track have expedited protective measures and the period to
safely access the island has passed. The NCDOT Ferry Division and Hyde
County officials will be evaluating the forecast to determine when the last
Ocracoke-Hatteras ferry departure will occur. The County of Hyde and the
North Carolina Department of Transportation will work together to
expeditiously restore visitor access to Ocracoke Island as the conditions
The threat of dangerous and life threatening conditions have
increased with the most recent track update and we urge continued caution
across our County. Based on the current official forecast, the most likely
impacts for Eastern NC will be:
Six (6) to twelve (12)
inches of rainfall with localized amounts up to fifteen (15) inches.
Dangerous flood levels from
flash flooding and storm surge combined.
Significant inundation of
water that could result in three (3) feet or more across low lying
roadways, homes, and other buildings.
Areas accessible by low
lying roads being cut off.
Higher winds that have
resulted in the issuance of Tropical Storm Warnings for Eastern North
An increased potential for
downed trees and numerous power outages.
We are hopeful the most significant impacts are not realized
in Eastern NC, however it is too early to completely let our guard down. It
is still within the margin of error for the storm to pass closer to the
coast which would increase the impacts across coastal areas and inland.
Closely monitor the forecast for Matthew and be alert to additional forecast
track changes that could increase the dangerous impacts felt across the
County. Be prepared to take action to protect yourself and your property if
Please be advised, flood waters may contain sewage and other
harmful contaminants. Keep children and pets out of flood waters.
Please maintain awareness and monitor for further updates from
Hyde County Public Information.