Due to extreme ocean overwash, N.C. Highway 12 is
temporarily closed in between Rodanthe and the Bonner Bridge. The NCDOT reports
that crews are working to clear the sand and the roadway, but notes that travel
may be disrupted over the next several high tide cycles.
The most likely times for ocean overwash will be around 9
a.m. this morning and 9:30 p.m. this evening during high tide.
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.
Debris and oceanside flooding along Highway 12 was also an issue in south Avon near Ocean View Drive and north Buxton.
It was reported at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning that
police were turning vehicles around in south Avon due to the high water
levels which were impassable, and which affected the highway from the
intersection at Avon village to the southern town borders.
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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