Despite a cycle of ocean overwash that flooded N.C. Highway 12 on Saturday morning, there was no additional overwash reported with Saturday night’s high tide, and the highway was clear throughout Hatteras Island as of 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.
The next high tide is at approximately 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, and there remains a small chance that ocean overwash could occur again during Sunday morning’s high tide.
The areas that were affected by oceanside flooding on Saturday all have minimal dunes due to a mid-November nor’easter that eroded the beaches over the course of multiple high tide cycles. Some sand remained on the highway, but Saturday’s flooding had diminished by Saturday night.
A Small Craft Advisory is in effect from 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon to 2 a.m. Tuesday due to strong southwest winds in the forecast. The Gale Watch for the Pamlico Sound waters is no longer in effect.
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/.