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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Great news! We're back in service on Ocracoke routes! Cedar Island & Swan Quarter resume immediately; Hatteras reopens at 1 p.m. pic.twitter.com/dYwxNfskfE— NCDOT Ferry Division (@NCDOT_Ferry) September 28, 2017
A state of emergency remains in effect which includes motor vehicle speed restrictions on flooded roads.
Dare County reopening Hatteras Island to visitors at 1 p.m.! Please drive with extreme caution and SLOW DOWN going through standing water.— NCDOT NC12 (@NCDOT_NC12) September 28, 2017
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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