The National Park Service announced in a press release that their visitor services and facilities on Ocracoke Island will reopen on Monday, October 17, 2016. The reopening coincides with Hyde County’s decision to allow visitors to return to Ocracoke beginning at 5:00 am on October 17.
The island has been without visitors since a mandatory visitor evacuation was ordered by Hyde County on Wednesday, October 5. The evacuation order was issued ahead of Hurricane Matthew’s arrival.
In Hyde County’s Hurricane Matthew Advisory #11 they announced that they anticipate lifting their mandatory visitor evacuation of Ocracoke Island on Monday, October 17, 2016.
According to the advisory, the Ocracoke Deputy Control Group will meet on Saturday, October 15 to verify that weather conditions and recovery efforts have provided a conducive and safe environment for returning visitors, and presumably, Hyde County will announce a specific time that visitors may return to the island.