Travel Advisory- Reentry for Visitors

Updated Re-entry Information for Hatteras Island Visitors
Highway 12 from Oregon Inlet to Rodanthe on Hatteras Island remains closed.  The only access to Hatteras Island is by ferry until further notice.  NCDOT is operating Emergency ferry service between Stumpy Point and Rodanthe along with the Hatteras-Ocracoke route.
Beginning Friday, November 2 at 6:00 a.m. all reentry restrictions for Hatteras Island will be lifted and ferry service will be available for everyone, including visitors. 
The published schedule for the emergency ferry service will remain in place through Friday, November 2.  An expanded schedule is being developed that will go into effect on Saturday, November 3.  Please for updated information.
Emergency Ferry Service – Stumpy Point to Rodanthe
  • Departing Stumpy Point at 6 a.m., 8, 10, noon, 2 p.m., 4 and 10; and
  • Departing Rodanthe at 7 a.m., 9, 11, 1 p.m., 3, 5 and 7.
Hatteras-Ocracoke Schedule –
  • Departing Hatteras at 6 a.m., 8, 10, noon, 2 p.m., 4, 6, 8, 10 and midnight; and
  • Departing Ocracoke at 5 a.m., 7, 9, 11, 1 p.m., 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11.
For those utilizing the Ocracoke ferry route, keep in mind that travel from Cedar Island to Ocracoke and Swan Quarter to Ocracoke requires a reservation by calling 1-800-293-3779.
Dare County Schools
Cape Hatteras Schools will operate on a 2 hour delayed schedule on Thursday, Nov.1.
All other Dare County Schools will follow a regular schedule on Thursday, Nov. 1.
Highway 12 – Hatteras Island
Highway 12 on Hatteras Island, north of Rodanthe, remains closed due to impacts from ocean overwash. Based upon NCDOT’s initial assessment, it is projected that Highway 12 from Oregon Inlet to Rodanthe will open by Thanksgiving.  Currently, Highway 12 is clear between all the villages of Hatteras Island.
Community Meeting –
The Avon Volunteer Fire Dept. is hosting a community meeting at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, November 1.  Everyone on Hatteras Island is invited to hear updates from NCDOT and representatives of Dare County, and ask questions about the Hurricane Sandy recovery effort.
Town of Kill Devil Hills –
Town forces have mostly completed sand and debris removal on all cross-streets between
US 158/Croatan Highway and NC 12/Virginia Dare Trail.   Kill Devil Hills and NCDOT will continue limited debris collection tomorrow morning and we anticipate private contractors will also be working to clear and repair private property.
Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians desiring to access the areas between the highways are urged to use caution and be mindful of heavy equipment operation.
Dare County Planning Department – Important Information
Residents whose homes or businesses have experienced flooding of electrical outlets or electrical equipment should contact a North Carolina licensed electrician to inspect for possible electrical hazards.
Building permits are not needed for non-structural repairs such as shingle replacement.   All structural repairs or improvements will require a building permit.   However, there will be no building permit fee charged for storm damage repairs in unincorporated Dare County.
Additional Information –
The N.C. Missions of Mercy, a FREE adult dental clinic is STILL being held November 2nd and 3rd at The Dare County Youth Center and Family Recreation Park in Kill Devil Hills. Registration begins at 6 a.m. Patients will be seen on a first come, first serve basis based on dental procedure and registration will close once the maximum number of patients that can be seen is reached. So, plan to be there early, bring warm clothes, blanket, chair, food, water and medicines if you plan on sitting in the line for an extended period of time. Adults in need can receive free dental exams, cleanings, fillings and extractions. To find out more information, call 252-255-6199.
Updates from Dare County Emergency Management will continue to be released as updated information is available.  The Dare County Emergency Operations Center may be reached at 252-475-5655


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