Food, water delivered to Outer Banks sites cut off by Dorian

Mark Price and Paul A. Specht, The Charlotte Observer on

Published in Weather News

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Emergency crews were bringing food and fresh water to Ocracoke on Saturday, after Hurricane Dorian left the island isolated, without safe drinking water, electricity or ferry service.

Hyde County, which includes Ocracoke, was using a ferry to bring generators, water and enough food for 1,100 people, according to a Facebook post.

The N.C. 12 highway, which links most of the Outer Banks barrier islands, was heavily damaged during when the storm made landfall Friday at Cape Hatteras, state officials said. NCDOT posted photos on Facebook showing the pavement was warped and crumbled on Ocracoke.

"There are two 500-foot sections of road (on Ocracoke) in this condition," NCDOT said. "Obviously, these will take some serious repair work."

Repairs to N.C. 12 were to begin Saturday, according to transportation officials. Ferry travel to the islands was also scheduled to restart Saturday, NCDOT said in a tweet.

State officials did not say when the highway would reopen on the island, telling The Weather Channel it was "a work in progress."


Hurricane Dorian made landfall at 8:35 a.m. Friday, with 90 mph sustained winds and storm surge 7 feet above normal.

The storm trapped hundreds of people on Ocracoke, which saw "severe sound side flooding." Such flooding occurs when water pulled from the sound during a storm rushes back as the storm passes, experts say.

In addition to Ocracoke Island (which relies on ferries to reach nearby islands), access to Hatteras Island "remains closed until further notice," Dare County officials said Saturday. "This includes all areas south of Oregon Inlet including the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras Village," county officials said in a press release.

Dare County officials reported Saturday that standing water, tree limbs, debris and dangling power lines remain hazards on the northern sections of the Outer Banks and other coastal areas within the county.


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