Thursday presented an unusual landscape on
Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, as residents woke up to soundside
flooding, snow, ice, and most commonly, a combination of all of the
Soundside flooding peaked in the early hours of
Thursday morning in Hatteras village, Frisco, and Avon, but was
starting to recede for most affected areas by Thursday afternoon.
Winds are forecasted to remain fairly high in the
20-25 mph range throughout the night and into Friday, with a continued
west-northwest direction. A gale warning remains in effect for coastal
waters until 7 a.m. on Friday, while a Coastal Flood Advisory and High
Surf Advisory also remain in effect until 10 a.m. on Friday.
The snowfall has subsided, but freezing
temperatures throughout the weekend may lead to icing and treacherous
road conditions. Islanders are advised to continue to use caution and
avoid travel when possible until the wintery conditions diminish.
Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative worked
throughout the day in challenging conditions to restore power to
scattered areas throughout Hatteras Island, and particularly in Frisco
and Hatteras village. CHEC reported that crews were out in full force
on Thursday, and asked that residents continue to report all outages to
Photos and videos began surfacing of the
“snowicane” on Thursday morning, as residents ventured outside to check
out the frosted landscape. Some folks took their sleds to parking lots
with natural inclines or to oceanside sand dunes, and at least a few
adventurous surfers headed to the Jetties in Buxton to brave the ice
cold temps and rough waves.
Minor damage was reported on the shoulder of N.C.
Highway 12 in between Avon and Buxton, but otherwise, the road remained
open and relatively passible throughout Thursday.
The storm has been referred to as a “bomb
cyclone,” which occurs when the pressure of a storm drops 24 millibars
in 24 hours, or at the rate of 1 millibar per hour. The storm has since
moved away from the Outer Banks area and is moving up the East Coast to
of Thursday afternoon, ferry services on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands
remained suspended for all routes until it is safe to resume
operations. Dare County schools and offices will be closed on Friday,
and all criminal and civil court cases have been canceled for Friday as
Dare County Public Works has also cancelled
garbage collection for Thursday, January 4 and Friday, January 5.
Regular collection schedule will resume on Monday, January 8.
For more information, visit www.weather.gov/mhx for weather forecast
information, or the National Weather Service office in Newport / Morehead
City’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/.The Island Free Press will continue to post updates on the storm as soon as they are available.