March 2, 2018


Water Level Rise up to 4 Feet Above Ground
Forecast in Latest Weather Briefing

By JOY CRIST


Photo by Don Bowers
Canadian Hole


Friday morning’s soundside flooding began to recede for much of the region by the early afternoon, but the weekend storm is far from over for Hatteras and Ocracoke islanders.

Per the Friday afternoon update from the National Weather Service, 2-4 feet of water level rise above ground level is expected during the weekend storm, which will linger until Sunday. (Originally, 2-3 feet of water level rise was forecasted during the storm.)

Soundside flooding will continue through Friday night into early Saturday, and will be followed by oceanside flooding from Saturday through Monday.

Maximum wind gusts up to 55 mph have also been forecast through Saturday night in the latest briefing. The high winds may peak tonight, but will continue to be strong throughout the weekend. Peak seas of 20 ft. are also forecast for the duration of the storm.

The Outer Banks continues to be under a storm warning.

Soundside flooding was reported in every village on Friday, with some stretches of N.C. Highway 12 virtually impassable.

Dare County Emergency Management advises residents and visitors to use caution since many roads and neighborhoods will continue to experience flooding, particularly during periods of high tide.

•    Slow down and remember that saltwater is damaging to vehicles.
•    Do not drive into flooded roadways. Water may be deeper than it appears and can hide many hazards.
•    Do not walk through flood waters. Per Dare County Management, it only takes six inches of moving water to knock you off your feet.

Due to the high winds, all ferry departures from Ocracoke, Cedar Island, and Swan Quarter have been canceled until further notice due to the severe wind conditions.

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/.


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Wind Gusts up to 60 mph and Coastal Flooding Possible Starting Late Thursday Night
Strong Winds and Rough Seas Expected Over the Weekend


Photo by Don Bowers

Canadian Hole


Photo by Don Bowers

Just south of Canadian Hole.


Photo by Sarah Loeffler Misch

Avon Harbor


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