Dare County Nc
September 1, 2010 by Post Team
Dare County officials Wednesday morning ordered the evacuation of visitors on Hatteras Island. Officials worry that high waves could wash over NC Highway 12, the main road along the Outer Banks.
Officials say they are monitoring the storm before deciding whether to evacuate to other parts of the county.
A mandatory evacuation is under way in the neighboring island of Ocracoke, Hyde County. The first ferry began evacuating people to the mainland shortly after 6:00 a.m.
Earl weakened to a Category 3 hurricane early Wednesday as it lashed the Caribbean with winds near 125 mph.
It is an update to the latest news. Check back soon for more information. AP’s earlier story is below.
Ocracoke, NC (AP) – Boats are taking people from an island in the North Carolina Outer Banks as powerful Hurricane Earl goes to the United States.
North Carolina Emergency Management Department officials say two ferries began making two 1/2-hour trip to the mainland shortly after 6 am Wednesday.
Hyde County spokeswoman Jamie Tunnell said about 30 cars and trucks pulling campers were waiting in line for the first ferry before 6:00 a.m.
Emergency Services Director Lindsey Mooney says, officials expect the 800 or so local residents will tourists off the island.
Megan Aldridge at the inn in the port of Ocracoke says guests in eight rooms were going and it is expected that the other seven rooms used to leave as well.
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