Visitors can return to Ocracoke Island


    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.

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    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.

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