NCDOT: Ferry Operations To Be Suspended

The North Carolina Department of Transportation's Ferry Division will begin suspending some operations after 8:30 p.m. tonight ahead of Hurricane Irene. Ferries will continue operating on most routes until it becomes unsafe.

The schedule under the current conditions are as followed:

Ocracoke Routes:
The last departure to Cedar Island is at 8:30 p.m. tonight.
The last departure to Swan Quarter will be at 7 a.m.

Friday, Aug. 26:
Hatteras-Ocracoke will begin departing on the hour only beginning Friday morning.

Currituck-Knotts Island:
Operations will suspend at 3:45 p.m. Friday.

Other Routes:
Southport-Fort Fisher, Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach and Bayview-Aurora will maintain normal operations as long as possible.

Two ferries will stay at Stumpy Point on the mainland Friday afternoon with crews standing by in case the emergency route to Rodanthe on the Outer Banks needs to be activated after the storm passes.

The NCDOT says operations will return to normal as soon as soon as the U.S. Coast Guard deems it safe.

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  • by Not an idiot Location: Bath on Aug 25, 2011 at 07:04 PM
    Premature???? I look at it as smart planning.... Look at all the people pulling their boats out of the water and boarding up their homes. Is that premature? Katrina and FEMA come to early, I think not. Oh wait, they waited so long the Coast Guard had to take over and get the job done (thanks ADM Allen and all the Coasties). Find something else to complain about or wait until noon on Saturday to prepare for the storm. I guess you think the Navy, Coast Guard, and Marines pulled their aircraft and ships/cutters premature also?
  • by Anonymous on Aug 25, 2011 at 12:54 PM
    2 days early? Seems premature.
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      by anon. on Aug 25, 2011 at 06:23 PM in reply to
      probably because it takes time to dock and prepare the ferries during a storm like this. Also I suppose it will stop people from lining up to get back into the areas that are under manditory evacuation.

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