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Ferry departures on Pamlico Sound to stop today; Hatteras tomorrow

The roiling surf around noon today at the Lifeguard Beach on Ocracoke. Photo: C. Leinbach

The roiling surf around noon today at the Lifeguard Beach on Ocracoke. Photo: C. Leinbach

Oct. 7, 2016; 2:21 p.m.

Ocracoke evacuation nearing completion; Hatteras to shut down Saturday

MANNS HARBOR – Due to the approach of Hurricane Matthew, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division will suspend operations to and from Ocracoke Island on Pamlico Sound routes after the 4 p.m. departure from Ocracoke to Cedar Island today (Friday, Oct. 7).

The final run from Ocracoke to Swan Quarter departed at 1:30 p.m.  Ferry officials anticipate suspending operations on the Ocracoke-Hatteras route sometime Saturday morning.

“The time has come to secure our boats and get our crews out of harm’s way,” said Ferry Division Deputy Director Jed Dixon. “Anyone still wishing to leave Ocracoke Island before Hurricane Matthew arrives should do so immediately.”

So far, the North Carolina Ferry System has evacuated more than 1,350 people from Ocracoke on the three routes.

Ferry Division managers will monitor weather conditions and resume service as soon as it is safe to do so.

For real-time updates, follow the Ferry Division on Twitter at @NCDOT_Ferry.

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The high surf at the Lifeguard Beach is almost to the ramp today around noon. Photo: C. Leinbach

The high surf at the Lifeguard Beach is almost to the ramp today around noon. Photo: C. Leinbach