Ocracoke Island http://wunc.org en OBX Residents, Visitors Flee Hurricane Arthur http://wunc.org/post/obx-residents-visitors-flee-hurricane-arthur <p></p><p>Category one Hurricane Arthur has maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour.</p><p></p><p>Hatteras Island residents have begun a mandatory evacuation this morning, and a State of Emergency has been issued for all of Dare County. Hyde County has issued a voluntary evacuation for Ocracoke Island for 2 p.m. today.</p><p></p><p>National Weather Service Meteorologist Lara Pagano said North Carolinians can expect to feel the effects of the hurricane's outer bands today.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:50:52 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 38356 at http://wunc.org OBX Residents, Visitors Flee Hurricane Arthur More Shoaling Slows Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry As Summer Looms http://wunc.org/post/more-shoaling-slows-hatteras-ocracoke-ferry-summer-looms <p></p><p>The state DOT says Hatteras Inlet remains impassible in some areas as ferries prepare to switch to a busier summer schedule.&nbsp;</p><p>A series of storms clogged the channel between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands this winter, forcing crews to clear a longer detour.&nbsp; A dredge has been clearing the original route, but officials say a boat bottomed out during a trial run last week.</p><p>"It's hard to say what's causing the changes there," says Jed Dixon, deputy director of the NC Ferry Division.</p> Mon, 06 May 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Will Michaels 14749 at http://wunc.org More Shoaling Slows Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry As Summer Looms NC Ferry Division Eyes Alternate Route Between Hatteras And Ocracoke http://wunc.org/post/nc-ferry-division-eyes-alternate-route-between-hatteras-and-ocracoke <p>Ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands could resume as early as this week with an alternate route.&nbsp; The state Department of Transportation says surveyors have identified a longer channel that could allow ferries to pass.&nbsp; Service has been spotty or suspended since Hurricane Sandy and two nor'easters made the normal route impassible during low tides.&nbsp; DOT spokesman Steve Abbott says the agency hopes to reopen the route quickly to let traffic flow to an area that relies heavily on tourism from Spring to Fall.<br> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 17:36:46 +0000 Will Michaels 10583 at http://wunc.org NC Ferry Division Eyes Alternate Route Between Hatteras And Ocracoke Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry Suspensions Likely To Continue For Weeks http://wunc.org/post/hatteras-ocracoke-ferry-suspensions-likely-continue-weeks <p></p><p>The North Carolina Ferry Division says service remains spotty between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. State transportation officials have been suspending service on a daily basis since a series of storms in November. Ferry Division spokeswoman Lucy Wallace says the channel routinely experiences shallow waters after high winds and heavy rain:</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 16:19:00 +0000 Will Michaels 7301 at http://wunc.org Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry Suspensions Likely To Continue For Weeks Irene Clean-Up Won't Slow Holiday Traffic http://wunc.org/post/irene-clean-wont-slow-holiday-traffic <p>AAA Carolinas expects more drivers on the road this holiday weekend despite damage from Hurricane Irene. The agency says about 870,000 motorists will be traveling in North Carolina over the Labor Day weekend. That's about 1 percent more than this time last year. And AAA Carolinas spokesman Tom Crosby says that includes areas with storm damage.<br> Thu, 01 Sep 2011 21:30:00 +0000 Will Michaels 7521 at http://wunc.org Perdue Tackles Highway 12, Reports Grim Numbers http://wunc.org/post/perdue-tackles-highway-12-reports-grim-numbers <p></p><p>Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands remain cut off from the mainland after Hurricane Irene dumped water and sand on several parts of Highway 12. There are several breaches in the highway just north of Rodanthe. Governor Bev Perdue says officials are doing all they can.<br> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 10:45:00 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 7525 at http://wunc.org Perdue Tackles Highway 12, Reports Grim Numbers Some on Ocracoke Choose to Stay http://wunc.org/post/some-ocracoke-choose-stay <p></p><p>Evacuations are underway on Ocracoke Island ahead of Hurricane Irene. Lucy Wallace is spokeswoman for the Ocracoke Ferry Office.<br> Wed, 24 Aug 2011 21:20:00 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 7553 at http://wunc.org Some on Ocracoke Choose to Stay DOT Ferry Tolls Proposal Draws Ire on OBX http://wunc.org/post/dot-ferry-tolls-proposal-draws-ire-obx <p></p><p>Some of the budget cuts under consideration by state lawmakers could lead to increased tolls for ferry services on the Outer Banks. The state Department of Transportation has come up with budget options for the state Ferry Division. One proposal would charge a 10-dollar toll for ferry services that are currently free, and double the price of other ferries. Residents of Ocracoke Island aren't happy with that idea. Mon, 04 Apr 2011 18:02:00 +0000 Will Michaels 9174 at http://wunc.org DOT Ferry Tolls Proposal Draws Ire on OBX