HARKERS ISLAND, N.C. — The Latest on Hurricane Matthew and its impact on North Carolina (all times local):
A state of emergency has been issued for Hyde County by the board of commissioners, and mandatory evacuations have been ordered for Ocracoke Island.
A statement issued Tuesday said a mandatory evacuation for Ocracoke Island visitors will begin at 5 a.m. Wednesday. Resident and non-resident property owners, vendors and critical infrastructure providers will be permitted to travel to and from the island, but must be able to show proof to gain access.
Ocracoke Island property owners, including residents and non-residents, are under a mandatory evacuation order beginning at 5 a.m. Thursday. Only emergency personnel and vendors will be granted access to the island that day.
Ferries to and from Ocracoke Island will run as scheduled on Wednesday and Thursday, but not on Friday.
A decision on mandatory evacuation for Hyde County mainland residents is expected on Wednesday.
The University of North Carolina at Wilmington has issued a mandatory campus evacuation for all students.
A statement posted on the school’s web page Tuesday said students must leave campus no later than noon on Thursday and not to attempt travel in the evening. All classes, events, trips and activities scheduled at or after 5 p.m. on Wednesday are canceled until further notice.
If a student doesn’t have a designated location for evacuation, the university said it will assist them.
The statement said a determination regarding a potential campus closure for faculty and staff is expected by 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, based on the latest information available.
Cape Lookout National Seashore is being evacuated as Hurricane Matthew approaches the east coast of the United States with a possible landfall in or near North Carolina.
Seashore Superintendent Patrick Kenney said Tuesday that no vehicles will be allowed to enter the seashore effective immediately. The ferries for vehicles will begin to take people and their cars off the islands. Cabins will be closed.
Kenney says the 45 cabins on North Core and South Core islands were full, although he doesn’t know how many people are staying in them. He says more than 100 trucks are also on the islands.
The third island in the seashore, Shackleford Banks, attracts mostly day users.
Ferry operators have told Kenney it will take two days to evacuate everyone.