Oceanside flooding started to hit Hatteras Island with full force on Thursday morning, with multiple locations reporting water inundation on N.C. Highway 12.
Flooding was reported in Hatteras village, in southern Frisco, in northern Buxton close to the Cape Hatteras Motel, on Ocean View Drive in Avon, and at multiple spots on Pea Island including the S-Curves north of Rodanthe and the Pea Island Visitors Center.
Per a Thursday morning update from NCDOT, N.C. Highway 12 was still passable as of 9 a.m., however, travel is not advised. As of 8:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, access to the Outer Banks is restricted to emergency personnel only.
High Tide is at 10:45 a.m. in Avon, and the next high tide for Hatteras Island is around 11 p.m. on Thursday night.
Florence is expected to make landfall on early Friday morning in southern North Carolina or South Carolina.
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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/.