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Hurricane Irene passing to the east of Nassau on New Providence Island in the Bahamas. (AP photo)

NAGS HEAD, N.C. — Transportation officials in North Carolina have suspended all ferry service to Ocracoke Island, leaving hundreds of residents and guests no way to get to higher ground as Hurricane Sandy draws closer to the coast.

Three ferry runs were halted Saturday because of deteriorating conditions. Additional ferry service along the coast was also suspended until the weather improved.

Officials in Hyde County suspended emergency medical services ground transportation because travel became unsafe and due to ocean overwash on N.C. 12.

The county on Friday declared a state of emergency. In all, 40 counties east of Interstate 95 are under states of emergency after Gov. Beverly Perdue issued a proclamation Friday.

Credit: The Associated Press.