Mirlo Beach at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. [NCDOT]

NC - UPDATED: NC 12 reopens to traffic following overwash from coastal storm

N.C. 12 has reopened to traffic between Oregon Inlet and Rodanthe after overwash breeched the dunes at S-Turns earlier this morning. The NCDOT says to drive with care, as there are still areas with sand and water on the roadway.

Tuesday 1:15 p.m.
Crews continue working to rebuild the dune line breeched at S-Turns by this morning’s overwash. No word yet on when N.C. 12 will reopen between Oregon Inlet and Rodanthe but it is anticipated to happen sometime this afternoon.

Tuesday 11:30 a.m.
Overwash has receded enough for N.C. 12 to reopen on the north end of Ocracoke Island. Ferry service has also resumed across Hatteras Inlet.

NCDOT says their crews are working to clear the Mirlo Beach area and anticipate reopening the road between Oregon Inlet and Rodanthe sometime this afternoon.

Tuesday 9:15 a.m.
Moderate overwash has been reported at the usual trouble spots along N.C. 12 on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, leading to closing of the road in multiple locations.

The dunes at S-Turns north of Mirlo Beach has been breeched and led to the shut down of N.C. 12 between Oregon Inlet and Rodanthe.

Traffic stopped at Mirlo Beach the morning of Jan. 4, 2022. [NCDOT image]

NCDOT has also closed N.C. 12 on Ocraoke between the Pony Pens and Hatteras Inlet because of overwash.

Ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke is also suspended until the road reopens south of the ferry dock.

Ocean water coming through the motels at Buxton on Jan 4, 2022. [NCDOT image]

Monday 6:30 p.m.
The National Weather Service office in Newport reports a caller said their neighbor walked through waist-high water after moving their car in Hatteras village this evening. Flooding was estimated at 1-to-2 feet on the road, 2-to-3 feet in low-lying areas.

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