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The hurricane-damaged Hatteras Island villages of Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo will remain closed at least through Monday, Oct. 10, to tourists and other non-residents without re-entry passes, Dare County said today.
NCDOT hopes to finish repairing NC 12 north of Rodanthe by Oct. 15, restoring the mainland highway link for the 5,000 residents of Hatteras Island's seven villages. The four southern villages of Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras are open for tourists who can get there via ferry to the neighboring island of Ocracoke.
But the three northern villages have been closed since they were heavily damaged on Aug. 27 by Hurricane Irene, and residents are fending mostly for themselves. Residents, road repair crews and others with passes are allowed to travel to Rodanthe via NCDOT's emergency ferry from Stumpy Point on the mainland.
Tourists who hoped to visit Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo this week should look for accommodations elsewhere, Dare County's announcement said. Not on Hatteras Island, but "elsewhere in Dare County, north of Oregon Inlet."