Visitors allowed to return to Hatteras Island at 1 p.m.

Hatteras Island should be reopened to visitors at 1 p.m. on Thursday

DARE COUNTY, N.C. (WVEC) -- Beginning at 1 p.m. on Thursday, visitors will be allowed to access Hatteras Island.

According to the Department of Energy Management, Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras Village will have unrestricted access.

Pockets of sand and water are still remaining along Highway 12 and a few side roads. NCDOT is working to clear Highway 12, so drivers should expect delays.

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A state of emergency remains in effect which includes motor vehicle speed restrictions on flooded roads.

Cape Hatteras National Sea Shore Visitor services and facilities, including campgrounds, are also expected to reopen at 1 p.m. 

Beach goers should be aware that dangerous rip currents and large swells are still producing life-threatening surf conditions. 

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