Stores and restaurants were chopping vegetables and stocking their seafood counters to get ready for tourists returning to two North Carolina islands after a massive power outage.
Buxton Seafood owner Nicholas Wolosuk said he went fishing Friday morning so he could offer fresh seafood as visitors return after noon to Hatteras Island. He also made a special hour-long drive off the island to shop at a seafood supplier to get ready.
To the south on Ocracoke Island, the kitchen staff at the Back Porch restaurant were chopping vegetables and making sauces in preparation to open on Saturday. Owner Daphne Bennink said it will take two full days of prep work to get ready after a week of being closed.
The weeklong outage came at the height of the tourism season that’s crucial to island businesses’ bottom lines.