Hurricane Dorian Information
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ocracoke Island Remains Closed to Visitors
Islanders rebuilding after devastating damage from Hurricane Dorian on September 6
Ocracoke, N.C. (October 16, 2019) – Given the extensive damage to infrastructure on Ocracoke Island as a result of Hurricane Dorian on September 6, Ocracoke Island remains closed to visitors. Ocracoke Island received the brunt of the damage from the storm; however, the local community is resilient and committed to rebuilding.
Timeline for Visitor Re-Entry
The Hyde County Board of Commissioners will reconsider visitor entry to Ocracoke Island at their meeting on November 4, based on recommendation from the Ocracoke Control Group. The restrictions and priorities will be effective until new instructions are issued, or the access limitations are terminated by Hyde County. Official information about re-entry will also be posted by these Hyde County Emergency Management outlets.
Instructions for Island Re-Entry for Non-Residents
Currently only emergency and infrastructure personnel, residents, and non-resident property owners are allowed re-entry to the island, per Hyde County. Contractors and insurance adjusters should email email@example.com with their credentials/licenses and client lists to be validated by the permits office. The permits office will be available to verify credentials from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Update on Hwy 12
Parts of NC-12 were critically damaged during the hurricane. On September 25, NCDOT awarded a $1.77 million emergency contract to a Kitty Hawk contractor to begin repairs. NCDOT said weather conditions could change the timeline for the road’s reopening, but the contract will aim to reopen the road by November 22. Highway 12 reopened on Ocracoke Island on October 3, with travel limited to four-wheel-drive vehicles. Trailers will not be allowed. The final contract completion will be April 30, 2020 to include completing dune reconstruction, planting dunes with seagrass and installing final pavement surface and markings.
Resources for Travelers
- HydeCountyNC.gov – the latest news from Hyde County Public Information.
- VisitOcracokeNC.com – the latest information about when the island will reopen, as well as a list of local businesses and upcoming events.
- N.C. Department of Transportation (https://www.ncdot.gov/contact/Pages/default.aspx).
- https://www.ncdot.gov/divisions/ferry/Pages/default.aspx – status and schedule of all ferries to and from the island.
How You Can Help Now
There are many ways to help Ocracoke recover from the effects of Hurricane Dorian.
- To donate services and goods, FIRST please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To donate via credit card, visit the Outer Banks Community Foundation website at https://www.obcf.org/donate-now/disaster-relief-fund-donate/. Check the box for Ocracoke Disaster Relief.
- To donate via check, write “Hurricane Dorian Relief” on the check’s memo line and mail to one of the following locations:
Ocracoke United Methodist Church
PO Box 278
Ocracoke, NC 27960
Ocracoke Assembly of God
PO Box 68
Ocracoke, NC 27960
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