All seven villages on Hatteras Island reported
soundside flooding by noon on Friday with the onset of a winter storm
that is expected to linger through the weekend.
Roads were on the verge of impassable in many
areas of N.C. Highway 12, especially in north Avon and the
tri-villages, where vehicles were struggling to get through.
NCDOT reported at around 10 a.m. on Friday that
the area from Rodanthe to Avon is experiencing very high soundside
flooding with the entire width of NC 12 covered with flood waters.
From Rodanthe to the Bonner Bridge, many sections
are covered with sand and some water, and travel along this section is
Soundside flooding began at around 7:30 a.m. on
Friday morning and is expected to continue and / or stick around
throughout the day and into early Saturday.
Per the Friday morning briefing from the National
Weather Service Newport / Morehead City office, winds are expected to
peak today though tonight, but we will remain strong through the
weekend. Wind gusts of up to 62 mph are forecast from Ocracoke to
Rodanthe. A 58 mph gust was already reported at around 7:55 a.m. in
Oceanside flooding is also forecast over the
weekend and is most likely Saturday through Monday, with peak seas of
up to 20 feet.
For more information, visit www.weather.gov/mhx
for weather forecast
information, or the National Weather Service office in Newport /
City’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/.
Soundside Flooding Reported Throughout Hatteras Island
Coastal Flood and High Winds Watch Upgraded to Warning
in Thursday Afternoon NWS Update
Gale Warning, High Wind Watch, and Coastal Flood Watch
in Effect for Weekend
Coast Guard Urges Mariners to Exercise Caution as
Storm System Passes Mid-Atlantic Region
Wind Gusts up to 60 mph and Coastal Flooding Possible
Starting Late Thursday Night
Strong Winds and Rough Seas Expected Over the Weekend