High winds close down Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry
using the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route will encounter suspensions
because of extreme high winds caused by a winter storm today, tonight,
Winds of 40 mph, gusting to 50 mph, coupled with
shallow water depth at the inlet, are making conditions such that it is
unsafe to cross. Operations were suspended this morning.
Pamlico Sound routes from Swan Quarter and Cedar Island to Ocracoke
could also suspend operations because of the high winds.
about closures, if they occur, will be posted to Twitter and recorded
on the 800-BY-FERRY number, weather information option 1.
North Carolina Department of Transportation was reporting early this
afternoon that there was some sand and ocean overwash on Highway 12
near the S-curves in northern Rodanthe, but that the road is passable.
are standing by to keep the highway open and clean off sand and water
that could accumulate at this afternoon’s high tide at about 2:40.
the wake of a strong cold front that passed through the area early this
morning, The National Weather Service at Newport, N.C., has issued a
wind advisory and a coastal flood advisory that are in effect through
Winds are forecast to blow at 25 to 35 mph
from the west with gusts up to 50 mph through tomorrow
The west winds could cause minor soundside flooding on the backside of
Hatteras and Ocracoke islands.
Currently, water levels on the soundside in Frisco are high, but there
is no flooding yet.
up-to-date status on the situation at Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry and other
routes, travelers can sign-up to receive messages on Twitter by going
to www.twitter.com/ncdot_ferry or
call the Hatteras terminal at 252-986-2353 for updates.
Update on Highway 12 travel is available on DOT’s N.C. 12 Facebook page