July 30, 2018

Record Rains Lead to High Water on Roads; Still More to Come

The record rainfall continues for Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, as another 1 to 1.5 inches of rain is forecast through Tuesday, per the National Weather Service Newport / Morehead City Office. The wet pattern across eastern North Carolina will continue for at least two more days as occasional heavy showers accompanied by frequent lightning is expected.

Standing water in the tri-villages, Avon, and Hatteras village led to numerous delays over the weekend, and high water is still reported in these areas as of Monday morning. Highway 12 remains open at this time, however, travelers should note the following road conditions per the NCDOT:
  • N.C. Highway 12 South of the Bonner Bridge to Hatteras Village has many areas of standing water, but traffic is getting through slowly.
  • N.C. Highway 12 on the beach road in KDH has areas of very deep water, but traffic is getting through slowly.
NCDOT reports that crews are out clearing inlets and inspecting systems, but most all roadways have some standing water. Motorists are urged to use caution and to drive slowly through these flooded areas.

Despite starting the month with below average precipitation, the rainfall over the past 10 days has led to a record-breaking month for Hatteras Island, with more than 16 inches of rain recorded at the Frisco Airport as of July 27. Rip current risk has also been at moderate or high levels over the past week or so, and a High Rip Current Risk remains in effect on Monday for south-facing beaches from Cape Point to Ocracoke Island.

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/.


Heavy Rains Cause High Water, Delays on N.C. Highway 12
Highway 12 Remains Open, But Standing Water Reported in Multiple Spots
Flash Flood Watch Remains in Effect Through Wednesday
Flash Flood Warning Issued for Hatteras Island
Total Rainfall Now up to 6 Inches Through Wednesday
Flash Flooding Potential Could Mean Dangerous Travel Conditions
Up to 4 Inches of Rain Forecast Through Thursday

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