Hurricane Dorian Information
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ocracoke is Open to Visitors
The 77-day mandatory evacuation from Hurricane Dorian has been lifted
Ocracoke, N.C. (December 2, 2019) – Ocracoke Island is open to visitors! The Hyde County Board of Commissioners has lifted the mandatory evacuation and closure to visitors following the destruction from Hurricane Dorian on September 6, 2019.
Helena Stevens, Executive Director of the OCBA says, “The Ocracoke community thrives because of the vacationers who visit us year after year. We appreciate the patience and flexibility of people whose travel plans were affected by Hurricane Dorian. Now that the island has reopened, we are excited to welcome our old and new visitors back to Ocracoke.”
Ferries from the mainland will begin to operate on a winter schedule on November 22, 2019. Many hotels are reporting that they are accepting guests, but visitors should check with their individual hotels and rentals to ensure that they’re open.
The Ocracoke community is so thankful for the ongoing outpouring of kindness and support. There is a long road ahead, but it wouldn’t be possible without the help from neighbors, friends and visitors from near and far.
What to Expect
Some debris remains along the highway throughout the Village but is expected to be cleared by the end of November. Islanders are busy repairing their homes and businesses, so be respectful of tarped property and be sensitive when asking about personal experiences. Gas on the island is intermittent and the Health Center is operating out of a mobile unit.
National Park Service Update
The National Park Service (NPS) plans to reopen all ocean- and sound-side beach areas on November 22, however the NPS campground will not open until next spring. The NPS visitor center and associated restrooms will not be available,, as they were damaged during the storm.
NPS boat ramps and docks are open and usable. The Ocracoke beach access (lifeguarded beach), boat ramp parking area (a small area) will not be accessible, because they are being used for debris staging. The NPS parking lot is not currently usable for boats and trailers.
The Ocracoke lighthouse grounds will be open, but the light keeper’s quarters are closed for repair.
What’s Open Now
Many Ocracoke businesses have reopened. Here’s an update:
The Anchorage Inn; Berkley Manor Suites; Bluff Shoal Motel; Blue Heron Realty; the Castle Bed & Breakfast & Courtyard Villas; Ocracoke Island Realty; Ocracoke’s Lightship Realty, LLC; Ocracoke Harbor Inn; Pam’s Pelican B&B; and Pony Island Motel & Cottages
Food & Drink
Back Porch (Take Out and Cocktails/Beer/Appetizers); Plum Pointe Kitchen; Sorella’s; 1718 Brewing Ocracoke; Ocracoke Cigars; Zillie’s
ABC Store; Over the Moon; Island Artworks; The Ocracoke Variety Store; Ride the Wind (11/22); Kitty Hawk Kites (11/25); Books to be Red (Thanksgiving); Village Craftsman (Thanksgiving); Bella Fiore (Thanksgiving Weekend)
Drumstick Sportfishing; Dreamgirl Sportfishing; Gecko Sportfishing; and Tradewinds Tackle
Angie’s Gym; Ann Ehringhaus (Wedding Minister); Yoga with Amy/Deep Blue Bodywork & Massage; Harrell & Associates; Island Mobile Medical Care; PA; OBX Rentals and Shuttle Services; Ocean Atlantic Event Rentals; Ocracoke Alive; Ocracoke Island Yoga; Stillwater Spa & Wellness (operating out of the Castle B&B)
The Oyster Roast is canceled for 2019. But most special events on Ocracoke Island, including Ocracoke Preservation Society’s Auction in January are taking place as usual. Events scheduled in early 2020 include:
OPS Art Auction Fundraiser – January 25
Waterfowl Festival – April 18
Portsmouth Island Homecoming – April 25
Ocracoke 5k/10K Race- April 25
Ocracoke ½ Marathon – April 26
For a full list of events, click here.
Come to Ocracoke in early 2020 as more of your favorite spots reopen:
Blackbeard’s Lodge; Cove Bed & Breakfast (March 2020); Captain’s Landing Waterfront Inn; Crew’s Inn B&B (April 2020); Oscar’s B&B, Sand Dollar Motel (January 2020); Harborside Motel and Gift Shop; Silver Lake Motel; Edwards of Ocracoke Cottages (March 2020); Teeter’s Campground (March 2020)
Food & Drink
Back Porch Lunchbox; Dajio (Spring 2020); Eduardo’s (early March 2020); Flying Melon; Fig Tree Bakery & Deli; Gaffer’s (April 2020); Graceful Bakery; Howard’s Pub (early Spring 2020); Helios Hideaway (December 2020); Jason’s Restaurant (March 2020); Jolly Roger Restaurant & Marina; Ocracoke Coffee Co. (April 2020); Ocracoke Oyster Company (March 2020); Pony Island Restaurant; Slushy Stand (March 2020).
The Community Store; Harborside Gift Shop; Mermaid’s Folly; Ocracoke Preservation Museum & Gift Shop; Ocracoke Seafood Co.; Ocracoke Island Trading Co.
Anchorage Marina (March 2020); Native Parasail; Ocracoke Island Golf Carts; Rascal Charter Boats; Wheelie Fun Golf Carts
Deepwater Theatre; Coyote Den (winter 2020.)
Local Resources for Travelers
- VisitOcracokeNC.com– the updates from the island, as well as a list of local businesses and upcoming events 252.928.6711
- N.C. Department of Transportation (https://www.ncdot.gov/divisions/ferry/) – status and schedule of all ferries to and from the island
- Hyde County http://www.hydecountync.gov/475.5655
Vacationers should contact their hotels, tour guides, airlines, and travel insurance companies for information regarding their personal travel itineraries.
Executive Director, Ocracoke Civic and Business Association