Evacuation Orders For Ocracoke

Authorities on North Carolina's Ocracoke Island have issued a mandatory evacuation order for visitors to leave starting at 5 a.m. Wednesday as Hurricane Irene approaches.

Officials said Tuesday that a mandatory evacuation order for all non-emergency personnel will go into effect Thursday morning for the barrier island, which is only accessible by boat.

Tommy Hutcherson, a resident who serves on the local board that makes decisions about when to evacuate, says officials want to have enough time to get everybody off.

Ocracoke has about 800 full-time residents and a population that swells to thousands of visitors in the summer.

Click the document above to see the evacuation routes for North Carolina's coast.

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  • by knuckle head Location: kdh on Aug 23, 2011 at 09:18 PM
    Does anyone remember the night my buddy tossed a m 80 in the wine rack . you had to be there. vaporised those bottles and the wine rac was done.
  • by Frank Sinatra Location: Heaven on Aug 23, 2011 at 07:03 PM
    There gos lunch at Howards this Saturday
  • by OBXR on Aug 23, 2011 at 05:41 PM
    Evac early get out of the path of destruction. Ya'll are going to see a little rain and wind. No tidal waves I believe.
  • by Sgt Rock Location: Hq on Aug 23, 2011 at 03:39 PM
    There has been over reaction for every hurricane since Katrina.
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      by Steve on Aug 23, 2011 at 05:20 PM in reply to Sgt Rock
      Standard procedure for many years
  • by Vickie Location: Grimesland on Aug 23, 2011 at 02:30 PM
    The healthy Islanders will not be leaving.They will hunker down,and ride it out,as always.
  • by Sue Nami on Aug 23, 2011 at 01:19 PM
    I guess they're worried about a Tidal Wave, too?
  • by bear on Aug 23, 2011 at 10:19 AM
    wow...i guess we're serious about this one then.

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