W AVY.com was the first to report the Hatteras Ferry to Ocracoke would suspend operation beginning at 2 p.m. because of Hurricane Sandy's threat to the Outer Banks.
Scott Young from Morehead City, NC was one of the last to get across, “Weather turned south for us from being around here. It's why you get accustomed to it. This is another nor’easter pretty much, and I think it's going to be a pretty good one.”
Mike Lyons from Waves drove over the new temporary bridge that spans the inlet carved out by Hurricane Irene last year. It may not be a pretty bridge, but folks around here are thankful to have it, “I remember those ferry rides ; it's nice to have this. I work on the island, and I just came back to check it out; we got people coming back in ,” sai d Lyons.
There is over wash on Pea Island. It began looking like a soupy mess by noon Saturday. The wind was blowing sand off the dune onto Highway 12.
On Hatteras Island Saturday, Hurricane flags were flying and flapping in the wind. Sand moving assets were littered along the road waiting for action. Several people had already moved their cars to high er ground and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse s its as a lonely monument to storms gone by. Believe it or not as Sandy is striking the Outer Banks, Sandy Quidley is standing guard in the Lighthouse Visitor Center . “ We've had one visitor today, but we are here to man the lighthouse until they tell us it's closed today."
Standing by Sandy was Myra Rubinstein, who is closing on her house next Friday. “I am a bit concerned because I'm new here, but the house is built on stilts and for me this is not just Cape Hatteras it is Cape Fearless, and I'm going to be fearless.”