Visitors can return to Avon, part of Buxton on Sept. 11, non-resident property owners allowed on Ocracoke.

By on September 10, 2019

Dare County will begin allowing unrestricted access to the village of Avon and northern areas of Buxton will begin at noon, Wednesday, Sept. 11.  But priority Three will remain in place for areas south of Buxton Back Road and NC 12 (NC SR 1232 at Cape Hatteras Secondary School), including the villages of Frisco and Hatteras. Visitors will not be allowed past the checkpoint at Cape Hatteras Secondary School.

The Dare County Control Group met Tuesday afternoon to consider reentry guidelines for Frisco and Hatteras Village and have determined these areas are not ready to receive visitors. The Control Group will meet again on Wednesday afternoon to assess conditions. The next update will be provided on Wednesday by 6 p.m.

Further south, Hyde County officials are now allowing non-resident property owners back to Ocracoke in addition to permanent residents. You must either have an Ocracoke re-entry pass (Red, Yellow, Green or White), Hatteras priority boarding pass sticker, or proof of residency with you to board the ferry.

Emergency personnel that have red re-entry passes and deliveries deemed critical to recovery and preauthorized by incident command staff will have boarding priority over residents and property owners.

Power has been restored to Ocracoke, but close to 400 houses had their electrical meters pulled by inspectors due to damage. These houses will not have power restored until an electrician and inspector have signed off on the repair work. There are no shelters on the island for displaced residents to use. There is also no fueling station currently operational.

The NCDOT Ferry Division has also added an additional route to Ocracoke via the Hatteras ferry terminal that will come directly to Silver Lake. There are some restrictions on that route due to the type of ferry being used and the ramps available. The ferry division is advising that vehicles with low clearance may not be able to board this route. This is currently the least used route to the island. If this is an option for you, we recommend using it.


The current ferry schedule is as follows, please also check the latest schedule posted by the Ferry Division:

  • Hatteras to Ocracoke-Silver Lake: 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
  • Ocracoke-Silver Lake to Hatteras: 10:30 a.m., 12:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.


In addition, the Ferry Division’s Pamlico Sound routes will be on the following schedule:

  • Swan Quarter to Ocracoke: 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m.
  • Ocracoke to Swan Quarter: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m.
  • Cedar Island to Ocracoke: 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Ocracoke to Cedar Island:  11 a.m. and 5 p.m.


All fuel deliveries to Ocracoke should be scheduled to use the 9 a.m. Swan Quarter to Ocracoke departure.


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  • Al L.

    Who will they sue now for the power outage?? Mother Nature ??

    Tuesday, Sep 10 @ 9:46 pm