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Parts of Outer Banks still unsafe, closed to public in Hurricane Dorian’s aftermath

Part of North Carolina’s Outer Banks is still closed to visitors after Hurricane Dorian swamped the area.

The storm hit the Outer Banks with 90 mph sustained winds and heavy rain on Friday, and water and sand covered roadways, making travel dangerous, the Charlotte Observer reported.

The Outer Banks, part of the state’s barrier islands, were under a mandatory evacuation ordered by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper for the storm.

“Ocracoke remains a focus for emergency managers, National Guard soldiers, doctors, nurses, volunteer groups today,” the governor’s office said Sunday.

About 100 National Guard members, along with emergency manager and a medical team, would stay on Ocracoke to help with recovery on the island, the governor’s office said.

“Recovery efforts will continue so our coastal communities can recover as quickly as possible,” Cooper said in a press release. “Not every area evacuated is safe to return to just yet. Those eager to return to the islands should follow the re-entry instructions issued by local governments.”

Re-entry is being allowed on some parts of the Outer Banks, officials say.

Officials in Dare County say they will allow unrestricted access to areas north of Oregon Inlet, including Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo, starting at noon Tuesday. But, officials say, visitors still need to check with their rental companies to confirm their reservations before heading to the area.

Visitors are still not allowed in areas south of Oregon Inlet, but “non-resident property owners and employees of non-critical businesses with proper passes and identification” will be allowed in. Areas still under restrictions include Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras.

The Dare County Control Group plans to meet Monday evening about lifting the remaining travel restrictions on the barrier islands.

Officials warn that sand and water are still on some roadways on Hatteras and that across the Outer Banks, there are still dangerous surf conditions.

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Bailey Aldridge is a reporter covering real-time news in North and South Carolina. She has a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.