People ferried off North Carolina island ahead of Hurricane Earl

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 | 7:25 a.m. CDT; updated 10:36 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 1, 2010

OCRACOKE, N.C. — Ferries are taking people off an island on North Carolina's Outer Banks as powerful Hurricane Earl heads toward the United States.

North Carolina Emergency Management Department officials say two ferries began making the 2 1/2-hour trip from Ocracoke Island to the mainland shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Hyde County spokeswoman Jamie Tunnell said about 30 cars and trucks pulling campers were waiting in line for the first ferry before 6 a.m.

County Emergency Services Director Lindsey Mooney said officials hope the 800 or so local residents will follow tourists off the island.

Megan Aldridge at the Ocracoke Harbor Inn said guests in eight rooms were leaving, and she expected those in the other seven occupied rooms to leave as well.


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