N.C. Highway 12 has reopened between Rodanthe and Oregon Inlet, per a 1:45 p.m. update from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). Travelers are advised to drive with care, as there are still areas of light sand and standing water on the roadway.
The highway is now fully open on both Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands, as N.C. 12 also reopened on Ocracoke Island earlier this morning, as well as in northern Buxton. In all of these areas, sand and saltwater remain on the roadway, and drivers are urged to proceed with caution. Ferry service has also resumed between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands.
Some standing water also remains on the roadway in other locations, such as Hatteras village, Frisco, and north Avon, due to soundside flooding that occurred on Monday.
An 86 mph wind gust was recorded at Oregon Inlet on Monday, per the National Weather Service, while Avon recorded a peak wind gust of 66 mph and Hatteras/Frisco recorded a peak wind gust of 56 mph. Winds will continue to diminish on Tuesday as the coastal low pressure system moves away from the Outer Banks.
For more information on the local forecast, visit www.weather.gov/mhx for weather information, or the National Weather Service office in Newport / Morehead City’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/.