The time it takes to clear tourists off the Outer Banks in the face of a hurricane is getting longer and longer, according to a study by the state Department of transportation.
Currently, it is estimated to take 21 hours to evacuate the barrier islands if traffic is headed on U.S. Highway 64 west to Columbia and 30 hour on U.S. 158 into Currituck County.
By 2030, the study estimated the evacuation times would increase to 31 hours via Columbia in Tyrell County and 46 hours on U.S. 158.
On a July 4 weekend, more than 200-thousand visitors can be on the Outer Banks and traffic backs up without an evacuation order.
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