Beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, there will be
unrestricted access to Hatteras Island. At that time, visitors may
return to all Hatteras Island villages including Rodanthe, Waves,
Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village. Be sure to call your
accommodations provider in advance to confirm reservations and check-in
There are still pockets of sand and water
remaining along Highway 12 and on some side roads. It will be necessary
for NCDOT to maintain traffic control points along portions of Highway
12 to enable crews to continue working to clear roads. This will limit
traffic to one lane in some areas, and travelers should expect delays
and proceed with extreme caution.
Maria caused soundside and oceanside flooding all
along Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, and standing saltwater is still an
issue on multiple sections of Highway 12. Visitors are urged to use
caution and drive slowly through these sections, as saltwater can cause
permanent damage to vehicles. A state of emergency remains in effect,
and includes motor vehicle speed restrictions on flooded roads.
Dangerous surf and rip currents will remain in
the area through the weekend. Stay out of the ocean - conditions are
unsafe for even the most experienced swimmers. For updated forecasts
from the National Weather Service, visit www.weather.gov/mhx.