Ocracoke evacuation orders lifted

Ocracoke evacuations underway
Ocracoke evacuations underway(WITN)
Published: Jul. 31, 2020 at 8:26 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2020 at 4:04 PM EDT
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OCRACOKE, N.C. (WITN) - Visitors will be able to return to Ocracoke Island starting tomorrow morning at 6:00 a.m.

Hyde County says residents, property owners, and vendors will now have immediate access to the island.

Ocracoke was evacuated over the weekend due to the threat from Hurricane Isaias.

The North Carolina Ferry Division has already conducted tests of the ferry channels and says they’ll be able to navigate safely to the island. The ferry schedule may be limited until all the vessels have returned from mooring.


The evacuation of Ocracoke Island was completed Monday with 3,538 people moved off the island.

The state’s Ferry Division said the evacuation ended because of impending bad weather from Isaias.

Hyde County ordered the evacuation on Friday and said that all residents had to leave the island starting at 6:00 a.m. Saturday.

The Ferry Division said 1,710 vehicles left the island via the Hatteras, Cedar Island, and Swan Quarter routes.

The ferries are now docked in safe harbor until the storm passes.


A picture from the NC Ferry Division shows how busy it is as residents and visitors evacuate from Ocracoke.

Hyde County commissioners say that all residents will have to evacuate starting at 6:00 a.m. Saturday.

The Ferry Division says, " The evacuation of Ocracoke is well underway tonight. We’ll be running ferries through the evening hours if need be to get residents and visitors to safety.”

Hyde County Board of Commissioners declared a State of Emergency for the county, effective Friday morning at 8:00.

County officials say entry to Ocracoke Island is restricted immediately. Only homeowners, residents, vendors, and federal, state, or county requested personnel will be allowed access until further notice.

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