September 26, 2017
Sound and Ocean Flooding Reported
Across Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands
...WITH SLIDE SHOW
trickled in on late Tuesday morning and early afternoon of sound and
ocean flooding at a number of hot spots on Hatteras and Ocracoke
Hatteras village has already been inundated with soundside flooding,
and Highway 12 just north of the village was covered with saltwater
after the afternoon high tide. Residents reported being unable to drive
through the northern section of Hatteras village without a 4WD vehicle.
In Buxton, oceanside flooding was reported close to Tower Circle, although the highway was still navigable as of 2 p.m.
At high tide, ocean waters flooded Oceanview Drive and Highway 12 in
Avon near the Food Lion and Avon Post Office, from roughly Tern Street
to Seaside Drive. Though still navigable, travelers should use extreme
caution and slow down through the saltwater, which can cause permanent
damage to vehicles.
Sound waters were starting to rise in the Hatteras Colony section of
south Avon, but had not yet breached into the local neighborhoods as of
Oceanside flooding was also reported at Ramp 27 just south of Salvo, and in the Mirlo Beach / S-Curves area of Rodanthe.
Ocracoke Island was also experiencing flooding at multiple locales as
of Tuesday afternoon, with water washing over the ferry lanes on the
northern section of the island, and water pouring into the village. The
NCDOT announced that emergency ferry operations have ceased as of
Tuesday, due to the worsening weather.
Maria is expected to move very slowly off the North Carolina coast
through Wednesday, with hazardous conditions lingering through
Thursday. A Storm Surge Warning was issued earlier in the day for
Ocracoke to Buxton, with highest surge levels developing late today and
continuing into Thursday.
As of 2 p.m., Maria was located about 165 miles southeast of Cape
Hatteras and was moving north at 7 mph with maximum sustained winds of
The next high tide is around 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
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
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