Super Bowl Sunday storm brings
high winds, coastal
By IRENE NOLAN
flooding...WITH SLIDE SHOW AND
A strong coastal storm that formed off the southeast
coast Sunday morning and then spent the better part of Super Bowl
Sunday deepening off the North Carolina coast brought winds that almost
reached hurricane force and coastal flooding to Hatteras and Ocracoke
By noon today, most of the flooding had receded and NCDOT was busy
scraping sand and water off Highway 12 in several areas on both islands.
The rain started before daybreak on Sunday, Feb. 7, and the wind picked
up as the day went along -- first from the northeast and then shifting
to the northwest in the early evening.
According to the National Weather Service in Newport/Morehead City,
2.32 inches of rain was measured in Frisco over the weekend, though it
was the wind and coastal flooding that really put a damper on some
Super Bowl parties.
Wind gusts of 70 or slightly above were measured at several gauges in
Hatteras village. In Brigands' Bay in Frisco, the wind gusted to
60 mph, though the highest gust that the National Weather Service
measured at its automated surface observation system at Billy Mitchell
Airport in Frisco was 53 mph.
The highest winds were generally between about 5 and 10 p.m.
The high winds caused storm surge off the ocean and the sound on the
At this morning's high tide, about 7 a.m., there was ocean overwash on
Highway 12 in north Rodanthe, north Buxton, and north Ocracoke.
Highway 12 in Rodanthe from Mirlo Beach down to the Rodanthe Pier was
covered with ocean water, but apparently was never closed.
According to N.C. Department of Transportation, Highway 12 was closed
in Buxton for a time around the high tide, though apparently NCDOT
equipment would move off the roadway from time to time to let traffic
through. Officials were warning drivers of small vehicles to proceed at
their own risk.
Island Free Press photographer Don Bowers, who was taking photographs
in the area, said he saw both the Budweiser truck and the mail truck
come through the highway in north Buxton -- with the beer truck first.
The highway was flooded from just north of the motels all the way down
into the village and past the turnoff to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
The ocean also flattened dunes on the east side of the Frisco Pier, and
sand and chunks of asphalt covered the parking area.
On north Ocracoke, Highway 12 was also closed, and the
Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry was not running.
According to the Hyde County Emergency Services Department, about 600
feet of dunes were flattened along the highway on the north end --
dunes that had just been rebuilt after having been obliterated last
fall as a coastal storm battered the area and Hurricane Joaquin passed
off the coast. The dunes were being restored by NCDOT with sand that
had been dredged out of Hatteras Inlet.
By noon, Hyde Emergency Services reported that the flooding had receded
and the road had been scraped enough to reopen. The Hatteras-Ocracoke
ferry started running at 1 p.m.
There was also soundside flooding in the villages of Frisco, Hatteras,
and Ocracoke. The flooding was mostly minor in Frisco, but
Hatteras and Ocracoke both got about 2 feet of sound tide -- perhaps
more in some places -- according to reports from residents.
There was also heavy ocean overwash along Highway 12 -- the Beach Road
-- in Kitty Hawk, where the roadway has been damaged and repaired twice
Dare County Schools finally decided to close today after having
announced a delayed opening. However, many parents were posting
on social media that they were not happy with how the issue of school
delays and/or closings was handled. The schools did not release news of
the delay until early this morning when many students were getting
ready for school and there was still tide in the villages.
The National Weather Service says that ocean overwash will continue to
be a concern on Hatteras and Ocracoke into tonight and that the coastal
flood warning, which was set to expire at 4 p.m., will be changed to a
coastal flood advisory. High tide this evening is about 8 p.m.
The Weather Service is also forecasting a much drier week ahead but
with very cold Arctic air filtering into the area and high and low
temperatures dropping much below average -- especially Thursday and
into the weekend.
For more information on the forecasts and advisories, go to www.weather.gov/mhx.
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Hatteras Motel along with the rest of Buxton, taking the brunt of this
storm. At least we're getting to the other side of high tide now.Posted by Brett Barley on Monday, February 8, 2016
Video by Brett Barley - North Buxton
Mirlo BeachPosted by Scott White on Monday, February 8, 2016
Video by Scott White - North Rodanthe
Frisco Pier early a.m. Dune on left completely gone- dune to right severely damaged - overwash from sound to oceanPosted by Linda Scott on Monday, February 8, 2016
Video of Frisco Pier by Linda Scott