HYDE COUNTY: Swan Quarter Dyke Holds, Mainland Has No Power

Hyde County, where sustained winds of 90 miles per hour were recorded, is under a curfew from 10pm Sunday night through 6am Monday morning.

Power is reported out for all of mainland Hyde county, with widespread reports of downed lines, fallen trees and impassable roads in the county. Jamie Tunnell said the heaviest damage is in the Scranton area.

Highway 264 from the west is open but the county spokeswoman stresses that drivers need to be cautious

The dike around Swan Quarter was not compromised, though the county says there was some overwash in lower spots causing some minimal flooding in the town.

A safe shelter located at Mattamuskeet School has been set up for displaced people that did not evacuate and have damaged structures.


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Tourists on Ocracoke Island have begun evacuating as Hurricane Irene heads for the East Coast and it's the first test of whether people will heed orders to get out of the way of what could be a monstrous storm.

All Hyde County schools are closed Thursday and Friday, according to the Hyde County school website.

The county says two shelter are being opened in anticipation of Ocracoke residents leaving. In Nash County a shelter is set to open at Inglewood Baptist Church, 1350 S.Winstead Avenue, Rocky Mount, at 8:00 AM Thursday. Pets will not be co-located, but accommodations will be available and info provided upon arrival.

In Wilson County a shelter is set to open at Raleigh Road Baptist Church, 4150 Raleigh Road Parkway, Wilson at 8:00 AM Thursday for mainland Hyde County evacuees. Pets will not be co-located, but accommodations will be available and info provided upon arrival.

The first ferry to leave the island early Wednesday had around a dozen cars on it. At midday a ferry bound for Swan Quarter was full, while another headed to Cedar Island had about 20 vehicles. Both ferries have a capacity of 50 vehicles.

It won't be an easy task to get thousands of people off Ocracoke Island, which is accessible only by boat. Ocracoke is home to about 800 year-round residents and thousands of vacationers each summer. Tourists started evacuating Wednesday at 5 a.m. The island's residents have been told to evacuate Thursday.

Many on the 16-mile-long barrier island would probably stay, said Tommy Hutcherson, who serves on the local board that issues evacuation orders.

“I’ll be here,” said Hutcherson, who has lived on Ocracoke for 29 years. “A lot of the locals will choose to stay.”

WITN's Clayton Bauman is on Ocracoke Island to see how people there are responding to the calls to evacuate. His reports begin at 5:00 p.m. on WITN News.



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Tourists on Ocracoke Island have been told to evacuate as Hurricane Irene heads for the East Coast, and it will be the first test of whether people heed orders to get out of the way of what could be a monstrous storm.

It won't be an easy task to get thousands of people off Ocracoke, which is accessible only by boat. Ocracoke is home to about 800 year-round residents and thousands of vacationers each summer. Tourists were told to evacuate Wednesday. The island's residents have been told to evacuate Thursday.

The state-run ferry service starts running at 5 a.m. Wednesday. The ferry off the island will be free during the evacuation. The boats can carry no more than 50 vehicles at a time.


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  • by BB Location: Scranton on Aug 28, 2011 at 11:03 PM
    We had the worst flooding than any Hurricane I have ever experienced in Scranton!!! The water was about 4 4 1/2 foot deep in my yard!! Never seen the water this high before!!
  • by spellcheck Location: Washington on Aug 28, 2011 at 08:04 PM
    WHAT holds? Better check your spelling & definitions.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 28, 2011 at 01:49 PM
    You can now enter Hyde county with proof of residency!
  • by barb Location: edinboro pa on Aug 25, 2011 at 06:54 PM
    I love the OBX and the people who live there are some of the friendliest I have ever met! Be safe and be careful.. Friends in PA will be praying for you!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 at 01:33 PM
    By starting the evacuation process on Wednesday, this helps to ensure all tourists are safely off of the island before the storm hits. It also prevents chaos, having enough time to evacuate and the resources is part of the preparation. We as citizens and tourists need to take this storm very seriously to avoid another disaster.
  • by In The Know Location: Washington, NC on Aug 24, 2011 at 10:27 AM
    Ocracoke Island is not accessible by boat only. The island may be accessed by aircraft, helicopters and small airplanes to be precise. One could arrive by parachute.
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      by Comy Comb-over on Aug 24, 2011 at 10:43 AM in reply to In The Know
      For real....where is Donald Trump when you need him?
  • by Buckwheat Location: NC Coast on Aug 24, 2011 at 07:29 AM
    Look at the older homes among the Live Oak trees (wind breaks) on the sound side of Ocracoke village to see how the old timers survived through the storms on Ocracroke. Those big front porches are actually cisterns to collect rain water from the roof for fresh water needs. Enjoy your ferry wait!
  • by Jamie Tunnell Location: 27960 on Aug 24, 2011 at 07:11 AM
    The ferries are running on their regular schedules. The Hatteras route started at 5 AM. The first Swan Quarter ferry left at 6:30 AM. The first Cedar Island ferry left at 7:30 AM. Be safe and stay informed! :)
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      by I Fought the Law on Aug 24, 2011 at 10:41 AM in reply to Jamie Tunnell
      A man in the know....thanks for the update. I know folks that work on the ferries down there. These same folks have homes in the areas that the storm is predicted to travel, but their 1st priority is doing their jobs and getting the people off the island. A big THANK YOU is in order!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 at 07:04 AM
    It seems like they are evacuating at least a day too early. I mean having people waiting in line at 3:30 am seems absurd. With all the ferries leaving the island and none bringing people to it, the island could be a ghost town in half a day.
  • by Sue Location: Greenville on Aug 24, 2011 at 06:06 AM
    My prayers are with the Ocracoke people. I have friends who live there, and the island is my favorite place to visit. Those who are griping about having to wait to get off should remember that the visitors only have to remove themselves. The residents have much more to be concerned about. The Ocracoke folks are remarkable people, and have chosen to live there. I know they will use wisdom in deciding to stay or go. May God watch over this small island and its inhabitants.
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