An islander gazes at the calm surf Tuesday afternoon ahead of Hurricane Florence at the Lifeguard beach at Ocracoke, N.C. Photo: C. Leinbach
An islander contemplates the calm surf Tuesday afternoon at the Lifeguard beach at Ocracoke, N.C. Photo: C. Leinbach

Sept. 11, 2018, 2:47 p.m. Updated at 3:31 p.m.
The following is from the N.C. Ferry Division:

Here is the remaining ferry schedule to complete the Ocracoke evacuation:

Ocracoke to Hatteras:
Today (Sept. 11): 1:10 p.m., 2:25, 3:05, 3:30, 4:45, 5:10, 5:25, 7, 7:30, 7:45, 8, 9:30, 10:30, midnight. 
Tomorrow (Sept. 12): 5, 7, and 8 a.m.

Ocracoke to Cedar Island:
Today (Sept. 11): 4 and 9 p.m.

Ocracoke to Swan Quarter:
Today (Sept. 11): 3:45 p.m.
Tomorrow (Sept. 12): 7, 7:30 and 9:30 a.m.

With powerful and dangerous Hurricane Florence zeroing in on North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper today issued a mandatory state evacuation order for vulnerable coastal areas. The state order is in addition to local evacuation orders already in place in most coastal communities.

The storm is expected to make landfall in eastern North Carolina with strong winds, high storm surge and heavy rains arriving on Thursday. The entire state should brace for impacts from Florence, and people asked to evacuate should get out now.

The state evacuation order applies to barrier islands along the entire coast, from the Virginia line to the South Carolina line. Local evacuation orders are in place for many additional areas.

The entire coast of North Carolina is under a hurricane watch and a storm surge watch. Inland areas are already under a tropical storm watch.

Last night, President Trump granted Cooper’s request for a federal disaster declaration for North Carolina. This will speed federal aid to the state and its residents, including bringing more FEMA representatives and military personnel to the state for preparation and relief efforts. 

All parts of the state should prepare for extended rain and wind. The forecast shows Florence stalling over North Carolina, bringing as much as 20 to 30 inches of rain. Rivers and low-lying areas are expected to flood well inland from the coast.

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