Mandatory evacuation ordered for Ocracoke ahead of storm

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Ocracoke Island, located entirely within Hyde County. (Photo: North Carolina National Guard)

OCRACOKE, NC (AP) — Officials have ordered a mandatory evacuation of Ocracoke Island in advance of Hurricane Isaias.

A statement from Hyde County notes that the evacuation of residents and non-resident property owners will take effect on Saturday.

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The National Weather Service forecast indicates the storm will first increase ocean swells and cause rip currents, starting Friday and continuing into next week.

Tropical storm-force winds could be felt as early as Sunday night.

Ocracoke Island is accessible only by ferry.