The Salvation Army Saturday evening began serving food to islanders and emergency responders. Photo: C. Leinbach

By Connie Leinbach

The Salvation Army is on Ocracoke Island and began serving meals tonight in the Ocracoke Community Center.

Several hundred islanders lined up for a hot meal.  The Army will serve meals tomorrow (Sunday) at 8 a.m. noon and 5 p.m. in the Community Center.

The Ocracoke team is one of several Deployed Emergency Response Services mobile feeding units (canteens) the Salvation Army has mobilized, according to a press release issued today.

Operations are underway to mobilize additional canteens to be sent out towards the hardest hit areas, including Ocracoke Island, where damage reports are still coming in. The teams will continue to serve first responders and residents as well as be on standby for mobile feedings at local coastal communities affected by this storm.

Islanders fill up from the tanker trucks stationed at Jerniman’s gas station. Photo: C. Leinbach

Supplies continue to be brought to Ocracoke Island from all over the state, including two tanker trucks for gasoline.

The Variety Store has opened, though without lights but enough juice to power the cash registers. Owner Tommy Hutcherson said the store received some water from the hurricane and that the store will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Re-entry to Hatteras Island began today for residents and non-resident property owners and essential personnel of critical businesses, Dare County announced. 

Sand and water remains on many Hatteras Island roadways. Drive slowly and proceed with caution. 

Supplies for Ocracoke Island continue to be delivered at 8 p.m. Saturday. Photo: C. Leinbach
The Ocracoke Variety Store is open. Photo: C. Leinbach
Emergency personnel confer Saturday evening outside the OVFD. Photo: C. Leinbach
Emergency equipment on the Swan Quarter ferry to Ocracoke on Saturday. Photo by Keith Acree, NC Emergency Management PIO
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  1. We appreciate this paper and the updates on the storm so very much. You are doing a good job keeping those who care informed!!!! Good luck with everything!!!

  2. Superb, Pulitzer Prize-worthy coverage before, during and, now, after a major-league natural disaster, Connie & Peter. Way to hang tough, and deliver the on-the-ground news and accurate info that Ocracoke’s residents and visitors needed to weather and survive the storm, and, going forward, that they’ll need to recover.

    • I agree. The Observer is the go-to site for the latest and most accurate information regarding Ocracoke.

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