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Mandatory visitor evacuations ordered for Ocracoke, Currituck beaches

Effective as of noon today, Hyde County has declared a state of emergency and ordered mandatory visitor evacuation of Ocracoke Island due to the potential impact of Hurricane Florence.

In Currituck County, a mandatory visitor evacuation goes into effect at 7 a.m. on Sept. 11 for Carova and Corolla beaches.

For Ocracoke vacationers, during a state of emergency, all NC DOT ferry reservations are canceled and tolls are waived. Boarding the ferries will be on a first come first serve basis. Due to the possible flooding and wash over on Hwy 12, impacts may occur well in advance of the storm, we recommend starting your evacuation as soon as possible and utilizing the sound route ferries when evacuating. Decisive action is necessary for Ocracoke visitors to insure you arrive at your destination safely.

Re-entry permits have been issued previously this year. Currituck does not issue permits in the 72 hours before a storm. If necessary, citizens may use a driver’s license, tax bill, or utility bill in place of a re-entry permit.

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