Officials are hoping the opening of Highway 12 on Hatteras Island for Thanksgiving week will be a final economic boom before the true off-season begins.
The Outer Banks is recovering from the aftermath of Ida, which caused ocean overwash, dune destruction, beach erosion, and structural damage.
Officials say weather permitting, all ferry schedules for Swan Quarter, Cedar Island, and Hatteras are accessible and running on regular schedule.
DOT crews now have two lanes of traffic open in the Rodanthe/Mirlo Beach area of Highway 12, and supplies are flowing to Hatteras and Ocracoke residents.
Officials invite visitors to check out Ocracoke for Thanksgiving. They say it has everything you need, whether it's a long walk on the beach, a delicious dinner or holiday shopping.