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