HYDE COUNTY: No More Ferries Off Ocracoke

North Carolina's ferries are now tied up at their docks until Hurricane Irene passes.

The North Carolina Transportation Department said the ferry system was locked down after the last boat off Ocracoke Island left Friday afternoon for Hatteras Island. The only way on and off Ocracoke is by boat, and officials estimate half the island's 1,000 residents may have stayed.

Officials say the ferries will resume when tropical storm force winds die down and the Coast Guard says it is safe.

The Bonner Bridge between Hatteras and Bodie islands will close after the storm passes for inspectors to check its safety. Dare County Manager Bobby Outten says when the bridge is too dangerous to cross it also is too dangerous to have a law officer there to keep people off.

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

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  • by Andrea Location: Latham St. Belhaven NC on Aug 27, 2011 at 09:00 AM
    Live on Latham St. Belhaven NC, How bad are we flooded? How high?
  • by Pam Location: Pennsylvania on Aug 27, 2011 at 07:33 AM
    Stay safe to all residents who stayed on Ocracoke Island and the OBX! We love you guys!
  • by CBass Location: Elizabeth City on Aug 26, 2011 at 01:44 PM
    God be with the ones that stayed
  • by hyde native Location: mainland on Aug 26, 2011 at 01:43 PM
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the ones on Ocracoke. It is their home.
  • by hShine Location: NE NC on Aug 26, 2011 at 12:45 PM
    I hope the ones that wished to go did not procrastinate. 2 ways to get there and get back boat or plane..... neither will be moving around w/ this mess.

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