OCRACOKE, NC – Hurricane Hermine is on its way to the NC coast and ferries are helping evacuate people visiting the Ocracoke area.
Hyde County issued a mandatory evacuation for all non-residents of the island Thursday afternoon.
Anyone who lives on the island or has a re-entry sticker on their car is able to use the ferries to get onto Ocracoke.
Tolls have been waived for ferries heading from Ocracoke to Cedar Island or Swan Quarter.
"We encourage all visitors on the island to calmly evacuate Ocracoke as soon as possible," said Ferry Division Directory Ed Goodwin. "We will be running as many boats as we can on the Hatteras route tonight and tomorrow until conditions are no longer safe for our passengers and crews."
Hyde County will keep evacuation procedure until emergency officials say it is safe.
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