Ocracoke Island

Ocracoke Island
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OCRACOKE — North Carolina’s hurricane-ravaged Ocracoke Island will reopen to visitor early next month.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Friday that the Outer Banks island will open on Dec. 2.

Students in Leslie Nielsen's class at Community House Middle School in Charlotte work on posters seeking gift cards for Ocracoke School, which was damaged during Hurricane Dorian.
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A south Charlotte middle school teacher has launched a drive to get aid to a tiny island school hard hit by Hurricane Dorian. She says she learned an important lesson from last year's hurricane aid effort.

the Bonner Bridge
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It's been almost a week since a bridge construction crew sliced through cables that send power to Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands, forcing an evacuation of tourists.  Officials are now saying it could be this weekend or early next week before the power is back on.

To get some perspective on the economic impact of all this during what is the Outer Banks' peak season, we reached Wit Tuttell. He's the executive director of Visit North Carolina. That's the tourism arm of the state commerce department.