North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper encouraged visitors to return to Hatteras and Ocracoke islands after power was restored in the past few days.
“Residents and businesses on Hatteras and Ocracoke are ready to welcome visitors back to share their beautiful beaches and unique history and culture,” Cooper said. “Thanks to everyone involved including local and state officials for their tireless work to get power restored quickly and safely.”
Emergency management, transportation and law enforcement teams are working with Dare and Hyde counties to get both residents and visitors safely back onto Hatteras and Ocracoke islands. The islands lost power recently due to damage to a key transmission line from the mainland, which resulted in an evacuation order. All evacuation orders have ended since power has been restored. A new overhead transmission line brings power from the mainland to Hatteras and Ocracoke.
Cooper visited the Bonner Bridge area last week and encouraged faster action to restore electricity to the region.
“Getting power back sooner than expected means visitors can return and local businesses can get back to work during peak summer travel season,” he said.
Travelers seeking updates to possible impact to the Outer Banks area may call 800-Visit-NC for the latest information.