High winds and
heavy seas bring ocean overwash to northern Hatteras ….WITH
SLIDE SHOW AND VIDEO
coastal storm that moved off the North Carolina coast on Friday and
then intensified brought high northeast winds and heavy seas to coastal
areas on both Friday and Saturday.
Hatteras and Ocracoke were
under a wind advisory, heavy surf advisory, and coastal flood advisory
for much of Friday and Saturday. The heavy surf advisory
There was ocean overwash in Mirlo Beach in
north Rodanthe at high tide Friday and Saturday with several inches of
water on Highway 12 at times.
The North Carolina
Department of Transportation had crews and equipment scraping sand and
debris off the road in north Rodanthe and on northern Pea Island, just
south of the Bonner Bridge.
The water was rough and the current
swift in Pea Island Inlet, but there were no problems with the
temporary bridge there, and sandbags successfully protected the Cape
Hatteras Electric Cooperative temporary power poles, which are at the
water’s edge on the inlet.
CHEC is working on installing
permanent power poles in the Pea Island Inlet area that will be farther
from the water, taller, and sunk in concrete caissons. The power
company hopes to switch to generator power this week on Hatteras and
Ocracoke while lines are moved to the permanent poles.
Avon, Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo will have a planned power outage from
5 to 5:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, Nov. 8, while the power company
switches to generator powers. Generators will power the
for three to five days.
There was a power outage early this
morning, Nov. 6. According to CHEC, there was a problem at
Buxton step-down station that caused an outage in Frisco, Hatteras, and
Ocracoke for several hours, beginning at 1:44 p.m.
The diesel generators were successfully started and were powering those
the Pamlico Sound ferries, which shut down in high winds on Friday,
resumed operations today between Ocracoke and Cedar Island and Swan
Officially at Billy Mitchell Airport in Frisco, the
automated weather observation station clocked sustained winds of 25 to
30 mph on Friday and Saturday with gusts to 43 on Friday and 47 on
However, the winds gusted higher than that, according
to other wind gauges on Hatteras. One gust in Hatteras
the early morning on Saturday was clocked at 59 mph.