Hatteras, Ocracoke Closed To Labor Day Tourists

North Carolina emergency coordinators say Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands will remain closed to tourists over the Labor Day weekend because of damage from Hurricane Irene.

Gov. Beverly Perdue got the news during a briefing Wednesday at the state's emergency response coordination center in Kinston. She said she agrees the damage is too severe for visitors to be accommodated.

Power lines remain down on both islands, which are using generations to provide minimal electricity to emergency responders and residents who did not evacuate. Hatteras remains cut off from the mainland after the storm carved four breaches into Highway 12.

North Carolina Emergency Management operations chief David Weldon says it will likely be two weeks or more until all electricity is restored to Ocracoke Island, and probably even longer for Hatteras Island.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Sep 1, 2011 at 09:41 AM
    Everybody down here is helping one another and things are getting better as these days go by. All of the Outer Banks still has a ways to go down here. My wife and I had a little bit of structural damage, but that's nothing compared to what a lot of people got. It's great to be able to lend a helping hand to the ones that are in the greatest of the need. Prayers go out to Hatteras, Ocracoke, Tyrrell County, the people down in Aurora on down to Pamlico County, and toward all of Carteret County. Irene caused a lot of devistation for people.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 1, 2011 at 09:17 AM
    hey Beachbum3, ever hear of greenpeace. Don't think you repairs are gonna fly.
  • by denise Location: thomasville, nc on Aug 31, 2011 at 07:28 PM
    My prayers & thoughts go out to everyone on Ocracoke & Hatteras. Through the years I've met some of the most spectacular people there and they are constantly in my thoughts these days.
  • by Beachbum3 on Aug 31, 2011 at 06:18 PM
    as for hatteras island breaches why not build triple or quadruple box culverts at the areas of the breaches in the roadway an then build a concrete an sheet pile harden sea wall in the areas of the majors breaches an farher down the island as well over a period of time an backfill it with good bowrrow material an stone an rip-rapin betweent the sheet pilings an the harden concrete structures with wing wall at the ends to prevent it from schowring out around the ends. just a suggestion thank you
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      by Brian on Sep 1, 2011 at 09:27 AM in reply to Beachbum3
      Sounds like to me umm hmm you're from Virgina Beach, hence why you want to concrete NC's pretty sandy beaches. Honestly, decades and decades of storms causing washouts etc have been going on, I am sure people of coastal NC know how to take care of things.
  • by Susan Location: VA on Aug 31, 2011 at 06:04 PM
    How in the world this damage is forecast to be repaired in two months is beyond me. I heard from a ferryman that the Isabel breach wasn't totally completed until 2005. That's two years after the hurricane. Somebody is sugarcoating.
  • by dewaun Location: mountains of WV on Aug 31, 2011 at 06:00 PM
    At lest the Governor has the wisdom to make a hard decision based on fact, not a crystal ball, it is what it is,so quit ur bitchin and find another place to celebrate the holliday,they have a lot of work to do, see ya in Oct and God bless.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 31, 2011 at 02:41 PM
    If you're determined, rent a boat from someone that needs money in a stricken area to take you CAMPING on the barrier islands outside of the park.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 31, 2011 at 02:34 PM
    well, it is not just Bev who wants the tourists to come back. The people on Ocracoke/Hatteras that are small businesses (which they all are) run by local families that were depending on that money. It is the end of summer and their last chance to get set up before winter and the tourists dwindle. Around here, Memorial Day to Labor Day is how families pay the bills year round.
  • by Jennifer Nichols on Aug 31, 2011 at 02:05 PM
    http://www.islandfreepress.org/2011Archives/08.31.2011-ThreeDaysAfterHurricaneIreneMakesAMessOfHatterasIsland.html Maybe if some of you read this you would understand why Hattaras and Ocracoke will not be able to have visitors for the holiday. Yes it would be revenue but at this time the people on Hattaras that stayed can't even leave nor can the property owners that left get back to their property at this time.
  • by James Location: Pirate Nation on Aug 31, 2011 at 12:41 PM
    Using generations? Lets step it up WITN.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 31, 2011 at 01:28 PM in reply to James
      Makes you wonder sometimes if they pay someone for proofreading. I need a job... can I have it? I guarantee I could do better than that!
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      by Brian on Aug 31, 2011 at 01:33 PM in reply to James
      Maybe younger "generations" to pedal the belt system on the generatorto supply that power needed. Sorry, I was trying to find the humor in this. Wondering if Witn needs a proofreader lol
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      by love my spell checker on Aug 31, 2011 at 02:37 PM in reply to James
      If you can figure it out, it seems to be good enough for ENC judging by the comments on here overall.
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