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The Latest: 10K Tourists Must Evacuate North Carolina Island

20:05, Friday, 28 July, 2017
The Latest: 10K Tourists Must Evacuate North Carolina Island

Ten thousand tourists have been ordered to evacuate a North Carolina island following a power outage.

The evacuation order issued for visitors to Ocracoke Island in Hyde County went into effect at 5 p.m. Thursday. Officials say no one will be allowed onto the island unless they can prove residency.

Hyde County public information officer Donnie Shumate says there are some 10,000 visitors on the island. He said the main concern was for their safety, adding that officials want to get visitors off the island by noon on Friday.

A construction company says it drove a steel casing into an electric transmission cable early Thursday while working on a new bridge on the North Carolina coast, causing a power outage affecting Ocracoke and Hatteras islands.

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