Minor ocean overwash accompanied Friday’s midday high tide
at several hot spots on Hatteras Island, however, the flooding was
significantly less than Thursday’s inundation of ocean water onto N.C. Highway
Minor to moderate oceanside flooding of N.C. Highway 12 was
reported in northern Hatteras village and along Ocean View Drive in Avon,
however, North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) crews were hard at
work removing sand and debris all day, and inspecting road conditions.
Per a Friday morning update from NCDOT, while there are
still several areas of deep sand and standing water, they are cautiously
optimistic that there is no apparent damage to the pavement. Highway 12 remains
closed to both residents and visitors as of 3 p.m. on Friday.
A brief power outage was also reported at 2 p.m. in the
villages of Frisco, Hatteras and Ocracoke, however Cape Hatteras Electric
Cooperative crews worked quickly to resolve the problem, and power was restored
by 2:30 p.m. to all three villages.
Despite water levels in the Pamlico Sound drastically
lowering on Thursday afternoon, there have been no reports of major soundside
flooding on Hatteras Island as water levels in the sound gradually and
The most damage from Florence on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands
appears to stem from ocean overwash, with a number of breaches along the
oceanfront dune line reported. Areas with small or no oceanfront dunes, such as
Ocean View Drive in Avon, northern Rodanthe, and northern Hatteras village, saw
the brunt of the damage, which primarily occurred on Thursday. Residents on the
islands should continue to use caution and stay off the roads whenever possible
as NCDOT crews continue to clean up Highway 12. Ocean overwash could occur
again with the next high tide, which is around midnight tonight.
Several grocery stores, including Red & White in
Hatteras village, and Conner’s Supermarket in Buxton, announced that they will
be open until roughly 6 p.m. on Friday afternoon for residents in need of
As of 2 p.m., Florence was located about 35 miles
west-southwest of Wilmington, N.C., and was headed west at 5 mph. Maximum
sustained winds have decreased to near 75 mph with higher gusts, mainly over
water. Gradual weakening is forecast later
today and tonight. Significant weakening is expected over the weekend and into
early next week while Florence moves farther inland.
For more information on Florence’s local impacts, visit www.weather.gov/mhx
for weather forecast info, or the National Weather Service office in Newport /
Morehead City’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/.