Visitors can return to Hatteras Island effective 1 p.m. Thursday

DARE COUNTY, N.C. - Visitors will be allowed to return to all Hatteras Island villages beginning at 1 p.m. Thursday, according to the Dare County Department of Emergency Management.

A state of emergency remains in effect and includes motor vehicle speed restrictions on flooded roads.

A mandatory evacuation was issued ahead of Hurricane Maria for visitors on Hatteras Island effective at 12 p.m. Monday.

At the time, Hatteras Island visitors were asked to their belongings and leave the island as soon as possible, before conditions deteriorate and driving becomes hazardous.

Authorities warn that there are still pockets of sand and water remaining along Highway 12 and on some side roads. Traffic will be limited in some areas as NCDOT works to clear the roads.

Travelers are also warned that the saltwater on the roadways may cause damage to vehicles.

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