UPDATE: High winds, heavy seas cause
sound and ocean flooding
By IRENE NOLAN
coastal low that formed off the North Carolina coast yesterday and
deepened impressively as it wound up and started moving northeast last
night brought both high winds and some coastal flooding on Hatteras and
Saturday was breezy all day, but winds started
picking up in the late afternoon and into the evening. By late
Saturday night and into Sunday morning, the wind was whipping from the
Unofficial reports from residents on southern Hatteras Island had the wind gusting to between 60 and 70 mph.
was forecast, the northwest winds pushed water levels higher on the
Pamlico Sound, especially in the island's southern villages.
Frisco, there was minor soundside flooding in yards and on some roads.
In Hatteras village, Highway 12 was underwater in low-lying areas.
northeast swell on the ocean from the departing low pressure system
caused high surf and ocean overwash in north Buxton and on Pea Island,
although Highway 12 was not closed at any time.
At high tide
late around 4 p.m., water covered both lanes of Highway 12 just south
of the temporary bridge. An automated traffic signal was
directing traffic into one lane. Several dune breaches were also
reported with wet sand on the road in the canal zone just south of the
Bonner Bridge and just north of the temporary bridge. No
saltwater remained on the road there.
There was also ocean
overwash on Highway 12 in north Buxton at this afternoon's high tide.
Water at one of the motels was reported to be about 3 feet deep --
though it is not that deep on the road.
The National Weather
Service has continued a coastal flood advisory for ocean overwash on
northern Hatteras until 7 a.m. Overwash can be expected around high
tide -- between 4 and 5 a.m. -- at the temporary bridge and probably in
The high surf advisory has been continued until 10 a.m.
between Hatteras and Ocracoke stopped running early Saturday evening,
and started up again late this morning. Some early morning sound
ferries to Cedar Island also were cancelled, but those runs were back
to normal this evening.
Though some folks might have decided
against heading to Ocracoke for the Blackbeard's Pirate Jamboree,
attendance there was still reported as good, though there were some
adjustments to the event schedule because of the weather.
blustery winds today should decrease significantly on Monday.
After a low in the 40s tonight, temperatures will rebound to about 60
tomorrow and the upper 60s by Tuesday.