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NC shutting down Ocracoke ferry service

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MANNS HARBOR, N.C. (AP) - Ocracoke Island soon will be inaccessible as state officials plan to shut down ferry service to prepare for Hurricane Arthur.

Officials with the North Carolina Ferry Division said in a news release the ferry runs between Hatteras and Ocracoke islands will end at 5 p.m. Thursday. Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin says crews need to secure the boats and put them in a safe location.

The ferry runs between Ocracoke and Swan Quarter and Ocracoke and Cedar Island will end at 4 p.m. Thursday. Those routes take people to the mainland from Ocracoke, which is accessible only by ferry.

The National Hurricane Center forecast says Arthur should reach Category 2 strength with winds of at least 96 mph before its landfall or closest approach to the coast early Friday.

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