Tourists evac­u­ate N Carolina is­land; lo­cal busi­nesses hurt

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A “steady stream” of tourists left a North Carolina is­land Sat­ur­day un­der evac­u­a­tion or­ders prompted by a wide­spread power out­age, wip­ing out a sig­nif­i­cant chunk of the lu­cra­tive sum­mer months for lo­cal busi­nesses.

It could take days or weeks to re­pair an un­der­ground trans­mis­sion line dam­aged early Thurs­day by con­struc­tion crews work­ing on a new bridge be­tween is­lands. The con­struc­tion com­pany drove a steel cas­ing into an un­der­ground trans­mis­sion line, caus­ing black­outs on Ocra­coke and Hatteras is­lands.

Cars lined up Fri­day to get on fer­ries, the only way off Ocra­coke Is­land, af­ter about 10,000 tourists were or­dered Thurs­day evening to evac­u­ate. A sec­ond or­der for vis­i­tors to Hatteras Is­land, south of Ore­gon In­let, meant up to 60,000 ad­di­tional peo­ple had to evac­u­ate start­ing Sat­ur­day, pri­mar­ily north over the in­let bridge.

As of 2 p.m. Sat­ur­day, North Carolina fer­ries had evac­u­ated about 3,800 peo­ple and 1,500 cars from both is­lands, ac­cord­ing to Gov. Roy Cooper’s of­fice.

Cooper said he called lo­cal of­fi­cials to pledge state help.

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