Raleigh - Based on current forecasts for the arrival of Tropical Storm Hermine, the N.C. Department of Transportation's Ferry Division will suspend operations to and from Ocracoke Island, with the final ferry departing for Hatteras Island at 5:30 p.m.
"I urge everyone in the process of evacuating Ocracoke Island to get to the ferry terminal as soon as possible," said Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. "Safety is our first priority, and if weather conditions deteriorate before these scheduled departures, we may be forced to suspend operations earlier."
The last ferry from Ocracoke to Swan Quarter is scheduled for 3:45 p.m., and the final Ocracoke-Cedar Island ferry will depart at 4 p.m.
Hyde County issued a mandatory evacuation order for island visitors on Thursday afternoon, following a declaration of a State of Emergency by Governor Pat McCrory.
Ferries inbound to Ocracoke Island will also suspend operations, with final departures from Cedar Island at 4 p.m., Swan Quarter at 4:30 p.m., and Hatteras at 6:45 p.m. Only residents, homeowners, or vendors with an Ocracoke re-entry sticker on their vehicles will be allowed on these ferries.
All routes will resume operations as soon as it is safe to do so.
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