Officials: Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route resuming services today

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HATTERAS ISLAND, N.C. (WAVY) — The Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry will be back up and running Wednesday on a daylight hours only operation.

Officials noted Wednesday that the U.S. Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers have given their approval for the Hatteras Inlet ferry route to resume services immediately.

The ferry had been shut down after Hurricane Matthew wrecked havoc on the state last Saturday and Sunday. Officials say the full scheduled service for the ferry route will resume on Thursday.

Photos: NC 12 overwash from Hurricane Matthew

Access to the Outer Banks and surrounding areas was restricted in the aftermath of Matthew. Those restrictions have been gradually lifted in the past several days.

Dare county officials on Tuesday reopened visitor access to areas of the county north of Oregon Inlet.

The officials website for Dare County Emergency Management showed Wednesday that access to Hatteras Island is still restricted.

Visitors will be allowed back to the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon and Buxton starting Thursday at 7 a.m.

All seven North Carolina Ferry System Routes are now running.