NC - NC Highway 12 Remains Closed on Ocracoke; Ferry Operations Suspended
N.C. Highway 12 remained closed in between the NPS Pony Pens and the Hatteras ferry terminal as of 1:00 p.m. on Monday, due to ocean overwash that occurred with the morning’s high tide.
While North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) crews have been working all day to clear the highway and have made progress, N.C. 12 is expected to be impacted by additional ocean overwash with the evening’s high tide at approximately 7:30 p.m. Per the NCDOT, the road closure is expected to continue on Ocracoke throughout the rest of the day.
The Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry has been suspended due to the road closure and high winds, and the Pamlico Sound ferry routes connecting Ocracoke to Cedar Island and Swan Quarter have been suspended as well due to the severe weather.
N.C. Highway 12 remained passable throughout Hatteras Island, with no coastal flooding reported, but there are some pockets of standing water due to rain, particularly in Salvo, Avon, and near the Basnight Bridge on Pea Island. Travelers are advised to proceed with caution.
Strong southerly winds with gusts up to 52 mph could result in additional coastal flooding on Monday, particularly for the soundside areas of the Outer Banks from Avon to Roanoke Island. 1 to 2 feet of inundation above ground level is expected in low-lying areas near shorelines and tidal waterways.