September 27, 2017

Conditions May Improve Starting Today;
Wednesday A.M. Update for Tropical Storm Maria

Video by Don Bowers

Winds have peaked over our area and will slowly diminish throughout the day, per the 6 a.m. Wednesday morning briefing from the National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City Office.  

Winds will remain out of the north and gradually shift slightly toward the north-northwest through the day. Indications are that the next high tide cycle this afternoon could be the last where we see significant overwash and flooding on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands.

Maria is expected to move very slowly off the North Carolina coast today, and then move away from the coast Thursday.  While watches and warnings may be removed for the area by Wednesday evening, Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands will still have dangerous ocean conditions, standing water on many primary and secondary roads, as well as above normal water levels in the sound for some time.

Sound and ocean flooding continues to be reported in multiple locations along Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands.

Per the NCDOT, from Bonner Bridge south, there is some sand and areas of standing water on the roadway. Standing water is most noticeably an issue in Avon, the Mirlo Beach area in Rodanthe, and New Inlet north of the tri-villages.

In Hatteras, there was some overwash last night, and Hatteras village has had some significant soundside flooding issues. At the South Dock Ferry Terminal on Ocracoke, there is damage to the road surface on the outside stacking lane, but Highway 12 is in otherwise good condition.

The water on Highway 12 is deepest at high tide and recedes in between tides, per the NCDOT. Motorists are urged to proceed with caution and to drive slowly through saltwater.

As of 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Tropical Storm Maria was located 155 miles east of Cape Hatteras and was moving north at 5 mph with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.

A turn toward the north-northeast is expected later today, followed by an acceleration toward the east-northeast on Thursday.  On the forecast track, Maria's center will begin to move slowly away from the coast of North Carolina later today and tonight.

Visit for weather forecast information covering Eastern NC, and visit the National Hurricane Center at for information on the tropics.

The Island Free Press will continue to monitor this system and will post updates as soon as they are available


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