NC - Ocean overwash concerns return to the Outer Banks this week

A slow-moving area of low pressure off the Carolina coast has closed access to parts of the Outer Banks.

OUTERBANKS, N.C. —  A slow-moving area of low pressure off the Carolina coast has closed access to parts of the Outer Banks.

What You Need To Know

  • N.C. Highway 12 was closed Tuesday morning between Oregon Inlet and Rodanthe
  • Ocean overwash is forecast to be a problem for this section of the Outer Banks at high tide through much of this week
  • The coastal storm has also forced ferry service to be suspended at the Outer Banks

The low-pressure system is causing strong northerly winds and rough surf. That led to ocean overwash on Highway 12 near Mirlo Beach around high tide early Tuesday morning.

The road is now closed between Oregon Inlet and Rodanthe. Even nearby areas that are passable have deep sand and water.

The NCDOT will have a tough job trying to reopen this section of Highway 12. The latest forecasts suggest ocean overwash will be a problem at high tide through much of this week.

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