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NCDOT sets schedule for Stumpy Point emergency ferry route

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MANNS HARBOR — The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division announces it will begin running a set schedule at its Stumpy Point emergency route beginning Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011.

This route is for emergency responders and essential commodities only and is based on first-come, first-serve. A total of 7 vessels will be running on the route, the same number that is used during peak season. The crossing time to Rodanthe is 2 hours and the crossing time to Hatteras is 3.5 hours.

The Stumpy Point-Rodanthe schedule will be as follows:

* Departing Stumpy Point at 6:30 a.m., 8, 10, 10:30, 12:30 p.m., 2, 4 and 4:30; and

* Departing Rodanthe at 7 a.m., 9:30, 11, 1 p.m., 1:30; 3:30, 5 and 7:30.

The Stumpy Point-Hatteras schedule will be as follows:

* Departing Stumpy Point at 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

* Departing Hatteras at 5:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Residents and property owners of Hatteras Island who have questions about reentry can call Dare County Emergency Management at 252-475-5655.

The Ferry Division will continue to run an amended Pamlico Sound schedule to take residents and emergency personnel to Ocracoke. Hyde County Emergency Management will allow only vehicles with a purple sticker or green sticker entry back onto the island, with purple stickers, emergency personnel, given priority.

Residents with a current valid driver’s license are also allowed. At this time, Hyde County is not allowing non-resident property owners or visitors onto the island. Those with questions about reentry to Ocracoke should call Hyde County Emergency Management at 252-926-4368.

The Cedar Island-Ocracoke schedule will be as follows:

* Departing Cedar Island at 7 a.m., 10, 1 p.m. and 3:30; and

* Departing Ocracoke at 7:30 a.m., 10, 1 p.m. and 3:30.

The Swan Quarter-Ocracoke schedule will be as follows:

* Departing Swan Quarter at 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:30; and

* Departing Ocracoke at 6:30 a.m., 9:30, 12:45 p.m. and 4.

Currituck-Knotts Island, Southport-Fort Fisher and Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach routes are operating and are open to the public. The Cherry Branch route is experiencing some large debris obstacles in the Neuse River and may at times only run one boat and may not run after dark for safety reasons.

The Bayview-Aurora route is currently not operating due to electrical and structural problems with the ramps. The Hatteras-Ocracoke route will begin operating once sand is cleared off NC 12 from Ocracoke Village to the ferry dock.

The ferry reservations telephone line is currently out of service. Those travelers wishing to obtain a refund should wait until service is restored and a refund will be issued. Online reservations are also not being accepted.

Ferry information is available by calling 800-293-3779 (BY-FERRY) and pressing 1, or via Twitter at

Garner to collect storm debris Sept. 12

Garner will be conducting a one-time sweep of residential areas to pick up and
dispose of storm-related yard waste debris beginning Monday, Sept. 12. All materials intended for disposal should be placed curbside no later than 7 a.m. that morning.

Here's an outage update from Progress Energy

About 44,500 Progress Energy customers in North Carolina are without power as of noon today (Tuesday), the company says. These are the counties with 2,000 or more outages:

Ice distributed at Food Lion stores

Food Lion is distributing free bags of ice at four of its stores in communities affected by Hurricane Irene, beginning immediately and while supplies last.  Each location has a full truckload of ice, about 4,000 bags. The locations are:

U.S. 64 and La Keiser Road, Columbia, N.C. 

5200 South Croatan Highway, Nags Head.

101 Park Drive Highway 168-S, Moyock.

1316 North Broad St., Edenton.

Here's the 1 p.m. update from Progress Energy

Here's the update from Progress Energy on major outages in the state, as of 1 p.m. Monday:

A call for volunteers

North Carolina Baptist Men, providing disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Irene, are set up in four locations in North Carolina, and they are seeking volunteers.

Johnston landfill taking Irene debris

The Johnston County landfill at 680 County Home Road in Smithfield will accept vegetative debris related to Hurricane Irene from residential customers at no charge,  today through Sept. 10. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. through 4:45 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. through 3:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the Solid Waste Division at 919-989-4750.

A status report and tips from Progress Energy

Here's the latest update from Progress Energy on the power outages caused by Hurricane Irene, as of 9 a.m. Monday. At the bottom are some contact information, resources and safety pointers for consumers.

Here's the early Monday Progress Energy update

About 98,000 Progress Energy customers are without power in North Carolina as of 7 a.m. today (Monday). That's down from a peak of 280,000 at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Back to the Beach


A hurricane generally leaves beautiful weather in its wake. Want to know which beaches are open? The state's Visit.NC website has a list of which beaches are open to tourists. To view it, go to


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