High Water Levels in Sound as Maria Approaches
High water levels in the sound were
reported on Tuesday morning as Maria trudged closer to the North
Carolina coastline. Water levels at the Coast Guard Station's tide
gauge are now running about 2 ft. above normal, and with the
northerly winds moving in today and persisting into tomorrow, the
greatest soundside impacts may not been seen on Hatteras Island until
mid-afternoon Wednesday, with potential for 2-4 feet of water above
The building seas and winds are still
forecast to create ocean overwash and dangerous ocean conditions for
the next few days, per the Tuesday morning update from the National
Weather Service Newport/Morehead City Office.
Dangerous surf of 12 to 15 feet will
produce significant beach erosion, and 30-40 mph winds with gusts in
the 55 mph range are forecast to arrive Tuesday afternoon or evening.
NCDOT and the
Dare County Sheriff's office reported good road conditions overnight
on Hatteras Island, per Dare County Emergency Management. However,
flooding on Highway 12 was reported by several residents in Hatteras
village as of 8 a.m. on Tuesday.
The mandatory evacuation of visitors to
Hatteras Island remains in place and a checkpoint will be established
at 7 a.m. at the Bonner Bridge. Reentry credentials will be needed to
gain access to Hatteras Island, and details on reentry can be found
Dare County Schools are closed today,
as are all Dare County Offices on Hatteras Island.
As of 8 a.m., Maria was located about
190 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, and was moving north at 7 mph
with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. Hurricane-force winds extend
outward up to 105 miles from the center and tropical storm force
winds extend outward up to 240 miles. NOAA buoy 41025, located about
15 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, recently reported a wind gust of
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