Because of the anticipated arrival Wednesday evening of severe weather conditions from Hurricane Idalia, transportation officials are suspending the Ocracoke passenger ferry service Tuesday evening and will suspend other ferry routes if conditions worsen.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division on Tuesday announced the expected schedule changes because the storm is forecast to bring tropical storm winds and heavy rain to the coast beginning Wednesday evening.
The Ocracoke Express passenger ferry, after service is suspended starting Wednesday, the vessel will be brought to the Manns Harbor shipyard for safe keeping during the storm.
Passengers can receive real-time text or email alerts from their preferred routes by signing up for the Ferry Information Notification System, or FINS, at www.ncdot.gov/fins. System-wide route status updates will also be posted on the Ferry Division’s X, formerly known as Twitter, and Facebook pages.
All suspended routes will resume service as soon as it is safe to do so.