N.C. Highway 12 was impassable in multiple
locations throughout Hatteras Island as of 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, as
oceanside flooding continued to inundate the area.
In south Avon, the oceanside flooding extended
from the southern town borders all the way to the intersection of
Highway 12 and Avon village, and a number of vehicles initially trying
to get through were parked at local business parking lots.
Due to extreme ocean overwash, N.C. Highway 12 is
also temporarily closed in between Rodanthe and the Bonner Bridge, and
the NCDOT reports that closures and delays are now expected to last
into early Monday morning.
It was also reported that other hotspots prone to
oceanside flooding in Buxton and Mirlo Beach in Rodanthe were
experiencing extreme issues as of Sunday morning, and residents and
visitors are advised to avoid travel on Sunday until conditions clear.
The oceanside flooding is expected to continue to
be an issue throughout the day, with the highest water levels around
high tide. The next high tide is at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Sunday
North winds from the weekend storm will remain
gusty today along the coast, however they will be weaker than
yesterday. The main concern for Sunday is the very large surf off the
Outer Banks, leading to a threat of significant beach erosion and
continual ocean overwash in spots north of Cape Hatteras. Max wave
heights up to 21 feet are forecast.
For information on travel conditions, visit https://www.facebook.com/NCDOTNC12/.
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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