Oceanside flooding was reported in Rodanthe, northern Buxton, and central Avon near Ocean View Drive as of 7:00 a.m. on Friday morning, and overwash is expected to continue over the next several high tide cycles, and especially north of Cape Hatteras.
N.C. Highway 12 is temporarily closed from Rodanthe to the Oregon Inlet Bridge due to ocean overwash. NCDOT stated that they hope to reopen the highway by 6 p.m. on Friday.
High tide on Friday is at approximately 7:15 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Oregon Inlet, and 7:45 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Saturday.
The ocean overwash is due to a large low pressure system that is lingering off the Mid-Atlantic coast. Dangerous surf conditions, including rip currents, beach erosion and continued ocean overwash are forecast along the Outer Banks into this weekend, with the most significant impacts expected along the ocean side north of Cape Hatteras.
Seas will run between 10 to 14 feet just offshore from the Outer Banks north of Cape Hatteras, and a high surf advisory has been posted until Saturday morning for breaking waves of 6 to 9 feet onshore.
Strong NNW winds of 15-25 mph with gusts of 30-35 mph are forecast for Friday, and winds will diminish by Saturday.
The Island Free Press will post road condition updates as soon as they are available.