- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

FORT FISHER, N.C. (AP) - Unusually high tides and heavy rains have forced the Fort Fisher-Southport ferry to cancel 21 runs during the past week.

Officials say there could be more cancellations if Hurricane Joaquin threatens the North Carolina coast.

Tim Hass of the state Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division tells The StarNews of Wilmington (http://bit.ly/1FHTdmN ) that ferry runs are dependent on the weather and if it’s not safe to operate, the ferry doesn’t run.

He says the ferry can’t run if the tide is too high.

The ferry makes 16 daily round trips between Fort Fisher and Southport during the summer season and 14 during the winter season which began on Monday.

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