Mandatory evacuation suspended for Ocracoke Island residents, property owners

HYDE COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) – Hyde County officials suspended the mandatory evacuation order issued for Ocracoke Island for residents and non-resident property owners Wednesday.

Residents and non-resident property owners, vendors and critical infrastructure providers will be permitted to travel to and from the island until ferry service is suspended on Friday.

Still, officials say it’s a good idea to get off the island until the storm as passed if you can.

A mandatory evacuation for Ocracoke Island visitors began Wednesday at 5 a.m. Even though the track of Hurricane Matthew has changed significantly, officials say visitor evacuation orders are still necessary.

Matthew has prompted NCDOT to suspend ferry operations to and from Ocracoke Island on the Pamlico Sound routes after the 4 p.m. departure from Ocracoke to Cedar Island on Friday. The final run from Ocracoke to Swan Quarter departed at 1:30 p.m. Officials expect to suspend operations on the Ocracoke-Hatteras route sometime Saturday morning.

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Officials do not anticipate a mandatory evacuation for mainland Hyde County.

Officials recommend you keep an eye on the forecast in the coming days and be prepared to take action. For more tips, read 10 On Your Side’s Hurricane Guide.