Ocean overwash is problem for ORVs heading to Cape Point
By IRENE NOLAN
Darling said that this morning's ocean overwash -- at the high tide
around 8 a.m. -- occurred throughout the vehicle corridor and at the
end of Cape Point.
"This evening's high tide is expected to be nearly a foot higher than
in the photographs and cause significantly greater ocean overwash," he
said. "We encourage everyone to use caution and monitor tide conditions
High tide this evening is at about 8 p.m. and at about 8:30 tomorrow morning.
The Point is closed to pedestrians, who are not allowed to walk through
the corridor, which was established to guide vehicles through an area
where two American oystercatchers are nesting while keeping the birds
safe. The area will be closed to vehicles when and if the eggs in
the nest hatch, which would be later this month.
The National Weather Service in Newport/Morehead City, N.C., has issued
a beach hazard statement for today for a high risk of rip currents from
Cape Hatteras north.
The high risk, the Weather Service says, is caused by a lingering
southeast swell on the ocean and higher than normal astronomical tides
-- the same conditions causing the overwash at Cape Point.
The risk of rip currents is highest at the time of low tide, which is about 1:30 this afternoon.