After Arthur, Ocracoke open to all

Posted July 6, 2014

— As the sun rose over the Atlantic Ocean Sunday travelers lined up to board the ferry for Ocracoke Island. Ferry service resumed after two days of cleanup in the wake of Hurricane Arthur's 100-mph passing.

Throughout the weekend, Tideland EMC crews worked to repair 45 utility poles damaged by the Category 2 storm. The power was turned back on over the whole island Saturday night.


Road crews spent Saturday repairing some damage on North Carolina Highway 12, which links Ocracoke to its ferry terminal. Residents and property owners were allowed to return on Saturday, and the island opened to visitors Sunday morning.

Samantha Reiner was eager to resume a vacation interrupted by a voluntary evacuation.

"The ranger said we had to go, had to go," Reiner said.

Instead of their annual Fourth of July camp out, Reiner's family spent the holiday weekend in a hotel.  

"Spending ten times as much money as I would be, not eating the food in my cooler, my pots and pans are in my pop-up camper," she said. "Very frustrating."

The storm was frustrating too to the businesses that thrive on tourist like Reiner.

Leslie Lanier, of Books to be Red, said the early-season storm hurt the narrative of a busy summer beachfront community. 

Her bookstore saw a slowdown in the spring that she's counting on summer tourism to right. "There was a drop off in visitors because of the rainy weather we had," Lanier said. 

With Arthur out of the picture, she's ready again to welcome visitors. 

"We're open for business," Lanier said. "The restaurants are open. The motels are open. The gift shops, the bookstore is open. We're open for business. The island is beautiful, the weather is beautiful and we want you to come visit."

National parks in the Outer Banks – Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site – resumed normal operations Sunday as well. Ocracoke Campground opened to the public Sunday evening.


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  • Johnny Byrd Jul 7, 2014
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    A little food for thought. South of Hatteras Island there are FOUR inlets allowing for tidal flow in and out of the sounds. North of Hatteras there is ONE and only one for about the same if not more water in the sounds. Every time nature tries to remedy this imbalance we go out and spend several million dollars to close it up knowing full well it will probably have to be done again in 12 months. Just how insane is this?

  • Eric Hammond Jul 7, 2014
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    anyone surprised by this should do a little history research 1) Ocracoke is the most geologically stable part of the entire OBX 2)Ocracoke Inlet is THE ONLY geologically and geographically stable inlet between Norfolk Va. and Morehead city. 3)when the colonists landed at Roanoke Island they DID NOT sail through Oregon Inlet, nor did they sail through Hatteras Inlet.They DID sail through Ocracoke inlet, and charted it in very nearly the same position it is today 430 years later.
    Makes ya' wonder why the Gov't keeps wasting billions trying to keep Oregon Inlet open, build a bridge etc. despite it's concerted efforts to close up, when letting Oregon inlet close would force more water through Ocracoke and Hatteras inlets and flush them out so NO dredging would be required at all!

  • Kenny Dunn Jul 7, 2014
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    Glad the damage was no worse. The OBX dodged one last week. Still, wish those with flooded (or damaged) property a quick recovery.