HATTERAS, N.C. (AP) -- Visitors will be allowed to return to some villages on Hatteras Island for the first time since Hurricane Irene caused extensive damage there.
Dare County officials say the villages of Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras will be open to visitors beginning with the 7 a.m. ferry service on Thursday. The villages of Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo will not be open to visitors until sometime after Sept. 29.
The four southernmost villages will be accessible only via ferry service from Swan Quarter or Cedar Island to Ocracoke Island. From Ocracoke, visitors can take a ferry to Hatteras Island.
Visitors won't be allowed on the emergency ferry route from Stumpy Point to Rodanthe.
The ferries from Swan Quarter or Cedar Island require a reservation. A fee is charged.