September 13, 2018

Highway 12 Closed Between Bonner Bridge and
Hatteras; Flooding Reported in All Villages

Video by Brett Barley

Thursday morning’s high tide brought heavy oceanside flooding to all villages on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, making a number of areas of N.C. Highway 12 impassable. NCDOT and Dare County Emergency Management announced at 1 p.m. that Highway 12 is closed in both directions between the Bonner Bridge and Hatteras Village due to the ocean overwash, and a reopening time is unknown. All residents are advised to remain indoors and stay off of roadways.

There was little change to the track and intensity of Hurricane Florence in the 11 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center, however maximum sustained winds have been reduced slightly.  As of 11 a.m., Florence was 145 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, N.C. and was heading northwest at 10 mph. Heavy rains and wind gusts will start to develop on Thursday, with 4-6 inches of rain forecast for Hatteras and Ocracoke islands during the storm.

The mandatory evacuation for all residents and visitors remains in place and entry into Dare County is now restricted. Only those with a Priority One Critical Personnel Pass issued by Dare County Emergency Management or a Critical Needs Pass issued by Currituck County Emergency Management are being allowed access.

The following watches and warnings are currently in effect for Dare County - a Storm Surge Warning, Hurricane Warning, High Surf Advisory, Flash Flood Watch, Beach Hazards Advisory, and a Tornado Watch.

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