Ocracoke residents board the ferry, anxious to see damage island

A line of cars packed into Swan Quarter Ferry on Tuesday as locals and business owners planned to see their property for the first time since Hurricane Florence. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A line of cars packed into Swan Quarter Ferry on Tuesday as locals and business owners planned to see their property for the first time since Hurricane Florence.

Business owner Red said everyone was lucky their serene island was spared.

"We are very fortunate," Red said. "All I will do is take the boards down."

Across Ocracoke, there was only minimal damage.

Many locals worried about the horses, but each survived the storm.

"We were very lucky we planned for a significant hit," Red said.

The biggest impact was on Highway 12 across from the horses' pen. The roadway was closed on the north end.

The dunes in one section were completely wiped out, so repairs will have to be made to the road and dune line.

The road closure impacted ferry routes from Hatteras Island across to Ocracoke. Right now, Swan Quarter Ferry is the only way to reach Ocracoke.

Officials said they are working to get the roadway opened within the next week.

They said their hearts go out to their neighbors on Cedar Island, who haven't fared as well.

"At this point, they are still in emergency mode," one officials said. "They need water and generators, and we are making sure they get that.

"We feel bad that our good luck came at someone else's misfortune. We are normally on the bulls-eye, but this time lucked out."

Ocracoke won't be officially open to the public until Friday.

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