Ocean overwash is expected to impact many ORV beach routes over the next several days due to distant Hurricane Earl, per an update from the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS).
Even though Hurricane Earl is forecast to stay east of Bermuda, its sustained 105 mph winds, (as of Thursday at 8:00 a.m.), are producing large waves and dangerous rip currents along the Hatteras and Ocracoke Island beaches.
National Seashore visitors are advised to use caution and watch for coastal flooding, especially along all ORV routes. For current beach access information, visit http://go.nps.gov/beachaccess.
Per the National Weather Service, minor oceanside coastal flooding will be possible for low-lying areas Thursday evening through the weekend, mainly during times of high tide. The main impacts will likely be north of Cape Hatteras, with persistent onshore winds and high astronomical tides. However, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) stated in a Wednesday update that they are not expecting any overwash issues to impact N.C. Highway 12 at this time.
Visit the NWS Newport/Morehead City website for additional weather information and updates.