Highway 12 Closed North of Pea Island
Visitors Center; Ocean Overwash Continues
12 is open to traffic as of 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19, per
the NCDOT. Motorists are urged to please drive carefully and slow down
through standing water.
was also reported for several hours this morning in Hatteras village
and in north Avon. Ocean overwash is expected to continue into this
evening, especially around high tide which is at approximately 7:30 p.m.
reported on Tuesday morning that NC Highway 12 is temporarily closed
just north of the Pea Island Visitors Center until the tide subsides.
Major ocean overwash has affected multiple villages, and travel is
currently hazardous. Hatteras Island schools have also been closed
In Avon, the ocean poured over the
dunes onto Highway 12 near the Food Lion in a roughly 300 yard
section, making the area hard to navigate. Rodanthe also has major
ocean overwash in the Mirlo Beach area, and there have been reports
of some soundside flooding in Hatteras village.
Residents and visitors are advised to
avoid travel whenever possible, and to go slowly through flooded
areas as saltwater can cause severe damage to vehicles.
The main impacts of Jose continue to be
very rough surf and dangerous rip currents that will continue through
today. The very large waves combined with gusty north winds could
lead to additional beach erosion and ocean overwash, mainly around
the times of high tide through today, and possibly through tonight
for areas north of Cape Hatteras.
As of 8 a.m., Jose was about 235 miles
ENE of Cape Hatteras, and was moving north at 9 mph.
This general motion is expected to
continue through today with a turn to the northeast anticipated
Jose is a large tropical cyclone.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center
and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 310 miles. A ship
located more than 200 miles southwest of the center of Jose recently
reported a sustained wind of 40 mph (65 km/h), and NOAA Buoy 44014,
located east of the Virginia-North Carolina border or about 160 miles
west of the center, also reported a sustained wind of 40 mph (65
for weather forecast information covering Eastern NC, and visit the
National Hurricane Center at www.nhc.noaa.gov
for information on the tropics.
The Island Free Press will continue to
monitor this system and will post updates as soon as they are