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Visitors can return to Ocracoke Island

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SWAN QUARTER, NC (AP) -- Visitors are being allowed to return
to Ocracoke Island as it continues to recover from Hurricane Irene.

Hyde County manager Mazie Smith says the state of emergency is
being lifted for the island on North Carolina's Outer Banks
effective at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Smith says traffic will be allowed on the remote island from
ferry routes through Cedar Island and Swan Quarter.

Officials warn that crews are still working to repair damage
from last month's storm.

They also point out that rip currents associated with Hurricane
Katia are expected Wednesday through Friday. Katia is expected to
remain well off-shore, but there is the possibility of additional
beach erosion or flood roads at high tide.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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