Travel Information

Hurricane Isaias

Our offices will are open! We look forward to welcoming our guests back to Ocracoke Island!

 

Hyde County/Ocracoke Island is now allowing visitors to the area. Please monitor the NC Ferry System website and social media pages for up-to-date ferry schedules.

 

If you were scheduled to stay with us and were unable to vacation with us due to the evacuation order for Hurricane Isaias, and have purchased travel insurance, click here to file your claim online. 

 

 

 

 

Visitor Evacuation Order to be Terminated August 5, 2020 at 6:00am

 

 

The Ocracoke Control Group met this morning, August 4, 2020, to receive an update on conditions affecting the island. The NCDOT Ferry Division has conducted test runs of the ferry channels and reported that the ferries are able to navigate safely to the island. The USCG has authorized them to resume service. NCDOT reports that Hwy 12 did not suffer any significant damage and is passable. 

 

Based on the recommendation from the Ocracoke Control Group, The Hyde County Board of Commissioners have terminated the evacuation order for Ocracoke residents, property owners, and vendors effective immediately. After the evacuation order is lifted; residents, property owners, and vendors will immediately be allowed to access Ocracoke Island pending NCDOT Ferry availability. 

 

The evacuation order for Ocracoke Island visitors will be terminated effective Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 6:00am. 

 

Please be aware that the Hatteras to Ocracoke ferry schedule will be limited until additional vessels have returned from mooring. You may experience delays accordingly. In addition, the sound route test runs have not been completed at this time and ferries from Swan Quarter and Cedar Island will not begin until this is done and they receive approval to begin service again. Please check with the Ferry Division for any schedule updates. The NCDOT Ferry Division's Twitter Page, https://twitter.com/NCDOT_Ferry will have the latest route schedules and updates.

 

There are currently no obstructions on the major highways in Hyde County. However, if you are traveling from out of the area, check http://www.drivenc.gov for road conditions between you and your destination.

 

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Additional Departure Ferry - PR #3

 

An additional ferry departure has been added to assist visitors in evacuating.  There will be an 8:00 p.m. ferry leaving from Ocracoke to Swan Quarter this evening, July 31, 2020.

 

The Hyde County Emergency Services Department will continue to monitor the forecast for Hurricane Isaias and issue advisories as appropriate. For the most current and official information please monitor the National Hurricane Center website at https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

 
Evacuation Order - PR #2

The Ocracoke Control Group met at 9:00am today, July 31, 2020, to discuss the need for an evacuation order for Ocracoke Island in advance of Hurricane Isaias affecting the Eastern North Carolina area. The group has recommended that the Hyde County Board of Commissioners enact a mandatory evacuation of the island. Based on the recommendation from the Ocracoke Control Group, The Hyde County Board of Commissioners have ordered a mandatory visitor evacuation of Ocracoke, effective at 12:00pm, Friday, July 31, 2020. A mandatory resident and nonresident property owner evacuation of Ocracoke will be effective at 6:00am, Saturday, August 1, 2020.

 

https://www.hydecountync.gov/Press%20Release%202%20Hurricane%20Isaias%20-%20Mandatory%20Evacuation%20for%20Ocracoke%20Island.pdf

 

 

Ferry Service Restriction - PR #1

The Hyde County Board of Commissioners met this morning, July 31, 2020, at 8:00am to enact a State of Emergency in advance of Hurricane Isaias that will go into effect today, July 31, 2020, at 8:00am. Ocracoke entry will be restricted immediately. Only residents, homeowners, vendors, and other essential personnel requested by Federal, State or County officials will be allowed access until further notice. You will need an Ocracoke re-entry pass on the vehicle or adequate documentation to be allowed on ferries inbound to Ocracoke beginning at 8:00 am today, July 31, 2020.

 

Link to the full press release: https://www.hydecountync.gov/Press%20Release%201%20Hurricane%20Isaias%20-%20SOE%20and%20Ocracoke%20Entry%20Restictions.pdf