The Latest: Officials hope to lift evacuation order soon

The Latest on Maria (all times local):

7:30 a.m.

Officials in North Carolina hope to make a decision soon on lifting the evacuation order imposed on two islands in the Outer Banks as Hurricane Maria approached.

The storm was downgraded to a tropical storm Thursday morning.

Officials in Dare and Hyde counties hoped to be able to make a decision Thursday on lifting the evacuation order imposed for visitors Monday as the storm approached. County officials said they would consult with North Carolina transportation officials before making the decision to restore access to Hatteras Island in Dare County and Ocracoke Island in Hyde County.

Officials said more than 10,000 visitors evacuated to avoid the storm, which washed over sand dunes and N.C. Highway 12, the main road on the Outer Banks.

No serious injuries have been reported.


4:50 a.m.

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