Live updates, photos and videos of Hurricane Sandy

By on October 30, 2012

Tuesday, Nov. 6

The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division will continue to offer extra departures from each side on its Swan Quarter-Ocracoke route this weekend, Nov. 9 through Nov. 11, to accommodate traffic demand. The extra weekend runs will continue until NC 12 reopens north of Rodanthe and the emergency ferry route is deactivated.

The additional departures for weekends (Friday-Sunday) include:
Departing Swan Quarter at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and
Departing Ocracoke at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

As a reminder, the regular fall schedule on the Pamlico Sound for Monday through Thursday is:
Departing Cedar Island and Ocracoke at 7:30 a.m., 10, 1 p.m. and 4;
Departing Swan Quarter at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; and
Departing Ocracoke to Swan Quarter at 7 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Ferry reservations can be made online at or by calling 800-293-3779 (BY-FERRY) and pressing 2. Ferry information is available via Twitter at

Thursday, 9:30 p.m.:

The state Ferry Division will add two departures from each side on its Swan Quarter-Ocracoke route this weekend. The extra departures are being offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday only.

The additional departures will be from Swan Quarter at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m., and from Ocracoke at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Thursday, 1:30 p.m.:

The NCDOT has provided a number of aerial photos of the damage and flooding from Hurricane Sandy, taken on Tuesday.

Flooding in Kitty Hawk just south of the Hilton Garden Inn. (NCDOT)

The Pea Island inlet temporary bridge, looking south towards Rodanthe. (NCDOT)

The S-curve area just north of Mirlo Beach. (NCDOT)

Rodanthe from north of the temporary ferry dock. (NCDOT)

Avon Pier. (NCDOT)

Overwash area near Billy Mitchell Airport between Frisco and Hatteras. (NCDOT)

The National Park Service campground on Ocracoke. (NCDOT)

Thursday, 11:45 a.m.:

Emergency ferry schedule update

The NCDOT Ferry Division has announced an updated schedule for the emergency ferry route between Rodanthe and Stumpy Point that will begin on Saturday. Re-entry restrictions to Hatteras Island will be dropped on Friday, and visitors will be allowed on the ferries that day.

Ferries will depart, starting Saturday, from Stumpy Point at 5 a.m., 6:30 a.m., 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m., and 9:30 p.m.

Vessels will leave Rodanthe at 6 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Those wishing to use the emergency route are reminded to expect long waits and to be patient, as priority loading status is still in effect.

The Ferry Division said Thursday morning they are working to add several runs to the routes between the mainland and Ocracoke for the upcoming weekend only, and will announce schedules later today.

Wednesday, 5:50 p.m.: Hatteras Island

The latest from Dare County Emergency Management

Beginning Friday, Nov. 2 at 6 a.m. all re-entry restrictions for Hatteras Island will be lifted and ferry service will be available for everyone, including visitors.

The published schedule for the emergency ferry service will remain in place through Friday, November 2. An expanded schedule is being developed that will go into effect on Saturday, November 3. Please check for updated information.

Emergency Ferry Service – Stumpy Point to Rodanthe
· Departing Stumpy Point at 6 a.m., 8, 10, noon, 2 p.m., 4 and 10; and
· Departing Rodanthe at 7 a.m., 9, 11, 1 p.m., 3, 5 and 7.

Hatteras-Ocracoke Schedule –
· Departing Hatteras at 6 a.m., 8, 10, noon, 2 p.m., 4, 6, 8, 10 and midnight; and
· Departing Ocracoke at 5 a.m., 7, 9, 11, 1 p.m., 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11.

For those utilizing the Ocracoke ferry route, keep in mind that travel from Cedar Island to Ocracoke and Swan Quarter to Ocracoke requires a reservation by calling 1-800-293-3779.

Wednesday, 8 a.m.

The NCHSAA men’s soccer playoffs are scheduled to being today, but three first round games locally have been impacted by Sandy. Wilson Hunt at Currituck and South Granville at First Flight have been moved to Thursday. The status of the Cape Hatteras at Camden game has not been determined.

Wednesday, 7 a.m.

Kitty Hawk

Wednesday 7 a.m., the water has dropped and the bypass has reopened in Kitty Hawk. (NCDOT/Trafficland)

One lane in each direction of U.S. 158 have reopened, as water is receding in the area of mile post 4. The NCDOT expects water to fully recede off the bypass by the end of the day.

Ferry service to and from the mainland is now open to everyone. Ferries between Cedar Island, Swan Quarter, and Ocracoke are operating on the normal fall schedule. The ferry route between Hatteras and Ocracoke remains suspended. The route will resume operations when N.C. 12 is cleared between the Hatteras Inlet ferry terminal and Ocracoke village.

Tuesday, 10:30 p.m.:

Let’s close the night with a smile, thanks to Julie Gartman…

Julie Gartman photo.

Tuesday, 7:15 p.m.:

Kitty Hawk
All lanes of U.S. 158 at mile post 4 remain closed due to flooding. Traffic is currently being rerouted on a detour through neighborhoods west of Highway 158. Visit to view a map of the detour. Motorists should expect delays and slow travel in this area.

All of N.C. 12 and streets between the beach road and bypass remain closed due to flood waters.

The Kitty Hawk Police Department is advising all residents, visitors and property management companies that the areas east of U.S. 158 toward the ocean are closed to everyone but emergency personnel. No one is allowed in this area until further notice, due to debris and downed power lines.

Pumping operations have begun east of U.S. 158 and work will continue through the evening to set up additional pumps. As a result, a general swimming advisory has been issued for the last two days of the swimming season.

Town staff have started property damage assessments and have completed oceanfront and beach road frontage properties. As flood water continues to subside, they will continue with damage assessments.

Bonner Bridge
Crews conducted an on-site inspection of the Bonner Bridge on Tuesday, and evaluated the condition of the top part of the bridge and determine how it fared during the storm.

A scour inspection was completed this Tuesday afternoon as crews were able to safely get into boats and examine the water depth around the support columns. They will also determine how the sand under the bridge has shifted since the storm passed.

The results from both of these inspections should be available Wednesday.

Bonner Bridge remains closed to traffic until NCDOT can reopen N.C. 12 on Pea Island.

Pea Island

The NCDOT says they have a lot of employees and equipment working their way south moving sand and water off the highway

Hurricane Sandy left deep sand in areas on N.C. 12 from south of the Bonner Bridge to Rodanthe. Removing this sand is going to require effort with heavy equipment to clear the roadway and repair the damaged dunes.

Crews have discovered pavement damage on N.C. 12 on the south side of the temporary bridge over the Pea Island breach.

Crews found damage to the sandbags place along N.C. 12 after Hurricane Irene hit the area last year, and there is a significant loss of dunes and pavement damage.

Ocracoke Island
Crews arrived by ferry Tuesday morning and are making progress on opening one lane to allow the ferry from Hatteras to Ocracoke to begin service Wednesday.

Dare County
One-stop voting will take place Wednesday, Oct. 31 as scheduled in Manteo, Kill Devil Hills and Buxton. All county offices will be open Wednesday on a normal schedule.

Dare County Schools will open Wednesday on a two-hour delay, except for the Cape Hatteras schools which will be closed. All Dare County Schools are scheduled for a make-up day on Saturday Nov. 3.

Tuesday, 3:55 p.m.:

The emergency ferry route between Rodanthe and Stumpy Point has been activated. Ferries are running today, but a set schedule will begin tomorrow.

Ferries will be available to visitors to depart Hatteras Island, but visitors are not being allow to enter Hatteras Island at this time.

Use of the ferries departing Stumpy Point will be limited to the following Dare County Emergency Management disaster re-entry passes:

» Priority One – Essential personnel, including utilities, government, assessment teams, medical/health care, with a white disaster re-entry permit/critical personnel pass.

» Priority Two – Hatteras Island residents with a valid N.C. driver’s license with a Hatteras Island physical address, personnel of crucial businesses with an orange re-entry permit/priority two personnel pass.

» Priority Three – non-resident property owners and employees of Hatteras Island businesses with a 2012-2013 burgundy reentry permit.

Departure schedule, beginning Wednesday Oct. 31:
» From Stumpy Point: 6 a.m., 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m, 10 p.m.

» From Rodanthe: 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m.

The Hatteras-Ocracoke route will begin operating once sand is cleared off N.C. 12 from Ocracoke Village to the ferry dock.

The Swan Quarter and Cedar Island ferries to and from Ocracoke will resume their normal fall schedule on Wednesday. However, visitors are not being allowed to access Ocracoke at this time, but will permitted to leave the island.

Passholders of the following Hyde County issued permits/stickers are currently allowed to use the ferries from the mainland to Ocracoke:

» Emergency Personnel – red re-entry tag or purple priority re-entry sticker.

» Infrastructure – yellow re-entry tag or purple priority re-entry sticker.

» Residents – green re-entry tag or green resident re-entry sticker.

Tuesday, 3:10 p.m.: Kitty Hawk

In the heart of the flooding on U.S. 158 in Kitty Hawk, there are still crabs to be eaten. “Nobody turns lemons into lemonade like my hubby,” said Olivia Stuart, wife of “I Got Your Crabs” owner Hunter Stuart.

Hunter Stuart, Lynn Corbell, Vernon Ward, Randy Turner, Brian Lesinksi, and others try to make the best of the situation in Kitty Hawk (Olivia Stuart photo).

Tuesday, 2:50 p.m.: Corolla

Intrepid volunteers have already been out picking up debris washed up along the beaches.

“We ended up doing Ocean Hill today,” said Amy Schultz, general manager of Island Revolution Surf Shop in Corolla. “We will be back at it tomorrow as we’re sure the ocean will spit out more debris.”

Amy Schultz photo.

Tuesday, 2:40 p.m.: Kitty Hawk

Looking south from the parking lot of the Hilton Garden Inn. (Brenda Davis-Williams)

Flooding along one of the streets between the beach road and bypass. (Brenda Davis-Williams)

Tuesday, 2 p.m.: Dare Co. Emergency Management

Kitty Hawk
The Kitty Hawk Police Department is advising all residents, visitors and property management companies that the areas east of U.S. 158 toward the ocean are closed to everyone but emergency personnel. No one is allowed in this area until further notice, due to debris and downed power lines.

With the assistance of the Kitty Hawk Fire Department, the Salvation Army is setting up a food canteen in the vicinity of Eckner Street and U.S. 158. The canteen will be serving meals on location and the fire department will be delivering meals to individuals who are unable to leave their homes along Lindbergh Avenue and other areas between the highways.

Kill Devil Hills
All cross roads north of Palmetto Street between the highways are closed. All cross roads between East Holly Street and East Clark Street are closed, including Memorial Avenue and Wrightsville Boulevard and closed. N.C. 12 is closed to all vehicular traffic within the areas identified above. There are no road closures west of U.S. 158.

Hatteras Island
A CenturyLink crew remains on scene in Rodanthe working to repair the damaged fiber cable to restore cell phone and internet service. Callers on Hatteras Island are asked, if possible, to dial 911 from a land line phone to report emergencies. During the repair, there is a possibility that customers may be without all fiber related service for up to an hour.

Tuesday, 1:50 p.m.:


N.C. 12 damage at the S-Curves north of Mirlo Beach. (NCDOT)


Some dunes damaged at Corolla, there have also been reports of breaches in the Swan Beach area. (Susan Mason)

Tuesday, 1:05 p.m.: Kitty Hawk

Flooding at mile post 4.5 on Tuesday morning. (Jonathan Daniels)

Russ Lay reports northbound traffic is backed up to mile post 5.5 to detour around flooding at mile post 4 on the bypass. Wait times over an hour as of 12:30 p.m. The beach road is closed and there is also standing water on detour routes thru west side neighborhoods.

Traffic backed up on U.S. 158 at the Kitty Hawk/Kill Devil Hills line. (Russ Lay)

Tuesday, 12:20 p.m.: Pea Island

The temporary bridge over the inlet cut by Hurricane Irene in Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is still standing, inspections are underway to check the structural integrity of the span. (NCDOT)

The southern approach to the temporary bridge suffered some damage. (NCDOT)

Tuesday, 12:15 p.m.: Avon

“The pier is still standing, the end of the pier is pretty much gone,” the Avon Fishing Pier posted on their Facebook page. “Going to have a lot of work to do…going to post pictures as soon as possible…the end of the pier will no longer open.”

Tuesday, 11:40 a.m.:

Video of N.C. 12 and Hatteras Island from Dare MedFlight.

Tuesday, 11:35 a.m.: Kitty Hawk

The beach road in Kitty Hawk is covered by up to four feet of sand in the mile post 2 area. (Roy Dail)

Tuesday, 11:30 a.m.:

NCDOT Ferry Division has resumed its normal schedule on the Bayview-Aurora and Currituck-Knotts Island routes this morning.

At 11 a.m. today, there were two departures from Ocracoke to both Cedar Island and Swan Quarter. A return to a normal Pamlico Sound schedule should be determined later today.

Assessments are being conducted along the Hatteras-Ocracoke route and the emergency route from Stumpy Point to Rodanthe. Once the routes are determined to be safe, a schedule will be announced.

Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.: Kitty Hawk

A sailboat became wedged under the eastbound span of the Wright Memorial Bridge.

Julie Gartman photo.

Tuesday, 9:45 a.m.:

According to the latest statement from the Dare County Emergency Management, U.S. 158 in Kitty Hawk is closed near mile post 4, but traffic is being rerouted through the neighborhoods west of the highway, and sections of the beach road in Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, and Nags Head remain closed.

N.C. 12 on Hatteras Island south of Oregon Inlet, remains closed due to sand and water on the roadway.

NCDOT crews continue to work clearing sand and water and to assess damage to determine work needed to make repairs and reopen roadways.

Ferry Service from Hatteras to Ocracoke continues to be suspended. Operations will return to normal as soon as NCDOT determines that conditions are safe.

Activation of the emergency ferry route between Stumpy Point and Rodanthe is dependent on several factors, including weather conditions, test runs between the two docks, and approval from the U.S. Coast Guard.

Dare County Emergency Management says Dare MedFlight is operational and available for emergency medical evacuations, including Hatteras Island.

There is limited cell phone service and disrupted internet access on Hatteras Island due to a damaged fiber cable. CenturyLink, the service provider, has a crew in Rodanthe working to make repairs. Callers are asked, if possible, to dial 911 from a land line phone to report emergencies.

All roads throughout Duck are open and passable, including Duck Road (NC 12). The Town of Duck recommends avoiding the beach today due to storm debris and potential unseen safety hazards. Updates will be posted on the Town’s website at

Kitty Hawk
The Town is coordinating with NCDOT to begin pumping operations of the areas between U.S. 158 and N.C. 12. As the debris is cleared, pumping operations should commence.

Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.: Rodanthe

Robin Arnold, who lives in the Mac Oca neighborhood between the Camp Hatteras and KOA campgrounds, said things are starting to dry up where she is in the northern Hatteras Island village.

“We’re still loaded with pockets of foot deep water in spots,” Arnold said.

Here’s some pictures she took Monday.

Camp Hatteras campground in Rodanthe (Robin Arnold).

Sound water on Mac Oca Road in Rodanthe (Robin Arnold).

Tuesday, 8:50 a.m.: Colington

Photo by Missie W. Smith from Monday afternoon in Colington Harbour, after the wind shifted to the west.

Missie W. Smith photo.

“The sound is still below the bulkhead, but very wavy, plus the usual overwash,” said Bruce Meador on Tuesday morning.

“We didn’t lose power, but throughout the night at times it was super windy, probably up to 50 mph,” said Meador. “The ground is saturated, and the usual low places and roads have standing water…we’re very fortunate compared to the ocean side.”

Bruce Meador photo.

Tuesday, 8:10 a.m.

Beach 104’s Moose and Jody talked to Dare County commissioner Allen Burrus in Hatteras village about what’s been happening on Hatteras Island.

Tuesday, 8:00 a.m.

Dorothy Killingsworth, public information officer for Dare County, spoke with Beach 104’s Moose and Jody this morning with an update on the situation around the county.

Tuesday, 7:45 a.m.

Peter Rascoe, town manager of Southern Shores, snapped this shot of the Kitty Hawk Pier and a calm Atlantic Ocean.

Peter Rascoe photo.

Tuesday, 7:30 a.m.

Dorothy Killingsworth, public information officer for Dare County, told Moose and Jody on Beach 104 this morning that the only report problems with sound side flooding was in Stumpy Point.

Winds will continue to blow around 30 miles per hour from the southwest today.

Brian, a caller to Beach 104 who has driven from Wanchese to Corolla, said their were no problems traveling this morning. There was some standing water still along the edge of N.C. 345, but no other flooding problems.

He also said the detour around the flooding in Kitty Hawk was no problem.

Tuesday, 7:20 a.m.: Kitty Hawk

U.S. 158 in the mile post 4.5 area remains closed to traffic due to overwash flooding.

NCDOT/Trafficland image.

Traffic is being rerouted around the area through the westside neighborhoods.

Drivers trying to get to and from the mainland are being asked by the NCDOT to use the U.S. 17/N.C. 32/U.S. 64 route through Elizabeth City, Edenton, and Columbia until U.S. 158 is reopened.

Monday, 10:10 p.m.:

ABC News video of N.C. 12 on Pea Island.

Monday, 10:00 p.m.:

Monday, 8:30 p.m.: Nags Head

Rich Coleman photo.

Monday, 8 p.m.: Kitty Hawk

U.S 158 is now closed in the area of Milepost 4.4 and traffic is being detoured.

Rob Morris photo.

Monday, 6:15 p.m.: Colington

Bruce Meador in Colington has another update from his home overlooking Albemarle Sound.

Bruce Meador photo.

Bruce Meador photo.

Monday, 5:45 p.m.: Kitty Hawk

Paveya web design and Internet marketing provided this video of flooding on U.S. 158. The water is even higher now, and is expected to get deeper with the high tide at around 8:30 p.m.

Monday, 5 p.m.

Trevor Murchie shot this video Sunday afternoon at Mirlo Beach north of Rodanthe, where at least one of the houses on the oceanside was destroyed.

Monday, 4:15 p.m.: Hyde County

Flood waters remain on Ocracoke Island, but have receded from 18-24 inches down to 6-10 inches throughout the village. Thus far, power has been mainly uninterrupted. Several businesses are open and provisions – including hot meals, gas and groceries – are available for purchase.

No storm-related injuries have been reported and property damage looks to be minimal at this point. Because of limited access, Hyde County Emergency Personnel have not performed damage assessments. Staffers are making preparations to determine individual and public assistance needs as soon as conditions allow.

Transportation remains limited on Ocracoke Island. At this point, there is no word on when ferry service will resume. Also, N.C. 12 has seen significant over wash on the north end of the island, so transportation could be further compromised for those on Ocracoke. Crews with NCDOT are currently working to repair the roadway.

Due to conditions, the Ocracoke Airport is closed and air traffic is limited to government, military and emergency aircraft only.

Monday, 4:00 p.m.: Corolla

Photos from earlier today taken by Amy Schultz, general manager at Island Revolution Surf Shop in Corolla.

Flooding and debris at the end of N.C. 12 north of Corolla (Amy Schultz).

Ocean Hill neighborhood on the Currituck Outer Banks (Amy Schultz).

Monday, 3:50 p.m.

The Town of Kill Devil Hills will institute a curfew for all areas beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Dare County Sheriff’s Office advises that you avoid contact with flood water as it may contain fecal material from overflowing sewage systems, and other hidden hazards such as debris.

Monday, 3:45 p.m.

Currituck County will open a temporary storm shelter today at the Department of Social Services (DSS). The shelter will begin accepting residents at 7:00 p.m.

Any county resident wishing to stay overnight in the shelter due to flooding at their property, or other storm-related conditions, may report to the DSS office, which is located at 2793 Caratoke Highway. Shelter officials may be reached at (252) 619-4429.

Residents needing transportation to the shelter should call 232-2216. Law enforcement personnel will help provide transport to the shelter.

Anyone coming to the shelter must bring all necessary personal items with them. This includes bedding, food, medicines, etc. Alcohol and pets are not allowed in the shelter

The DSS shelter is a temporary operation meant to provide a dry, safe accommodation for residents in need of relief from the storm.

Monday, 2:45 p.m.: Roanoke Island

Matt Cooper, morning show host on 99.1 The Sound, says N.C. 345 between Wanchese and Manteo, and the Nags Head-Manteo causeway, are both fairly dry but the sound level is high.

Water in the streets of downtown Manteo (Mike Campbell).

Monday, 2:30 p.m.

Missie W. Smith of Max Radio of the Carolina’s took these photos, including one reminiscent of a photo taken during the Ash Wednesday Storm in 1961.

From the top of Big Kill Devil Hill at the Wright Brothers National Memorial. (Missie W. Smith)

Kitty Hawk RV Park (Missie W. Smith).

Virginia Dare Trail near the Hilton Garden Inn (Missie W. Smith).

Kitty Hawk Road (Missie W. Smith).

Monday, 2 p.m.: Nags Head

Sound water was overtopping the bulkhead at West Danube Street. (Catherine Kozak)


Side-by-side comparison of water levels at Colington. Sunday on the left, Monday on the right. (Bruce Meador)

Monday, 1:30 p.m.: Kitty Hawk

The entire length of N.C. 12 from the Hilton Garden Inn to the Kill Devil Hills town line, and all of the streets between the beach road and bypass, are closed to all vehicles because of the overwash from this morning’s high tide.

Alexis Newsome photo.

Monday, 1:15 p.m.: Duck

The Town of Duck says currently there is no flooding on the roadways throughout Duck, but there is standing water in the normal areas on Duck Road/N.C. 12.

Monday, 1 p.m.: Wanchese

Water is starting to rise at the end of Mill Landing Road.

Mike Campbell photo.

Wanchese Seafood Industrial Park.

Mike Campbell photo.

Monday, 12:30 p.m.:

Dare County manager Bobby Outten gave Moose and Jody on Beach 104 an update on Hurricane Sandy’s impacts.

Monday, 11:20 a.m.: Currituck

Water levels are almost nothing on the North Landing River off Baxter Estates in Currituck, as shown by Hunter, Andrew, and Connor Goins.

Kevin Goins photo.

Monday, 11:00 a.m.: Kitty Hawk

Flooding is several feet deep between the beach road and bypass along Lindbergh Ave.

Emilie Klutz photo.

Kitty Hawk RV Park at mile post 4.

Beth Shockley/ABC Towing photo.

Monday, 10:45 a.m.: Colington

“The creek is rising…sneaky rising,” said Bruce Meador. “Water level is about even with the barnacles now, but still below bulkhead.”

“Still raining, and having normal wind and gusts, 20 to 30 mph,” Meador said. “No trees that I’ve seen down.”

Monday, 10:35 a.m.

The NCDOT has a traffic camera stationed on the north side of the Pea Island Inlet bridge, and they shared an image from peak high tide this morning.

N.C. Department of Transportation image.

Avalon Pier now has two breaches.

Justin Grizzard photo.

Monday, 10:15 a.m.

Following a mid-morning support group meeting, Dare County Emergency Management has announced that cell phone service for Hatteras Island is currently limited. Callers are asked, if possible, to dial 911 from a land line phone to report emergencies.

CenturyLink, the provider of service on Hatteras Island, has located the source of the problem and is working to restore service as soon as possible.

Emergency Management also reports that preparations are being made to establish emergency ferry service between Stumpy Point and Rodanthe beginning Tuesday. Additional details will follow when available.

Monday, 10:00 a.m.: Kitty Hawk

Virginia Dare Trail, just north of Kitty Hawk Road at mile post 4.

Beth Shockley/ABC Towing photo.

Monday, 8:45 a.m.

A section in the middle of the Avalon Pier in Kill Devil Hills has been washed out. image

Reports of flooding up to five feet deep along Lindberg Ave. in Kitty Hawk, which runs north/south between the beach road and bypass. Kitty Hawk Ocean Rescue is using a personal watercraft to check homes.

Oceanside flooding in Kitty Hawk (Peter Rascoe photo).

Sunday, 11:30 p.m.: South Nags Head

John Ratzenberg gave us this report from his trip earlier this afternoon along South Old Oregon Inlet Road.

“I traveled around 3:30 p.m. … the swales/ditches are full, not just on Old Oregon Inlet Road, but back in South Colony, etc.,” said Ratzenberger. “However, there is very little debris or even sand on the roads, meaning what came over at high tide was mostly water.”

The beach took the force of it and the houses didn’t,” Ratzenberger said. “I poked my nose up Limulus, Oregon, and Chawanook and see no home problems, no dangling steps.”

“Watching the ocean now, I can see it breaking offshore, off where we nourished, and then just flowing along over the sand on the backside,” said Ratzenberger. “Some water has “broken” through places where there was no “dune”, but again, no infrastructure damage I could see.”

“It appears the nourishment has done its job,” Ratzenberger said. “When all is said and done, we’ll know how much we ‘lost’ off the visible sand, and our monitoring program will tell how much shifted offshore, but still inside the project and is thus not a ‘loss’ because it’s part of the profile underwater.”

Sunday, 10:15 p.m.: Ocracoke

Sound water coming back up in Ocracoke this evening. (Thomas Storrs photo)

Thomas and Mary-Chandler Storrs, owners of the Island Inn in Ocracoke, said that after water levels had dropped throughout the evening in the village, the sound side flooding appears to be coming back.

They tweeted the above picture as water was rising up to their back door, and threatening to flood their first floor.

Water levels during the day in Ocracoke had reached up to two feet deep.

From earlier Sunday, flood waters at the steps of Ocracoke United Methodist Church. (Thomas Storrs photo)

Flooding of N.C. 12 in front of Tradewinds Tackle in Ocracoke. (Alan Sutton photo)

Sunday, 8:15 p.m.

Video update from Dare County manager Bobby Outten:

Sunday, 8 p.m.: Colington

Water levels were 4 to 5 feet below normal earlier on the soundside of Colington. (Bruce Meador photo)

“No trees are down,” said Bruce Meador, a resident of Colington Harbour. “Rain is still steady, not hard or driving here…still slanted, right-to-left…back yard gauge topped the 5.25 inch mark and is still taking on water….again, a long, constant night of rain.”

“Sound is the same depth, 4 to 5 feet below the bulkhead,” Meador said. “The dark is the unknown, unfortunately…some residents have moved vehicles to higher ground, others not.”

Sunday, 4:45 p.m.: Nags Head

The beach at Nags Head Fishing Pier. (Kerri Good)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m.: Hatteras Island

The Island Free Press reported extensive flooding from the ocean and sound on Ocracoke and Hatteras islands: Hatteras and Ocracoke slammed with water »

N.C. 12 flooding on Hatteras Island. (North Carolina Department of Transportation)

Sunday, 3:45 p.m.: Kill Devil Hills

Avalon Pier. (Russ Lay)

Sunday, 3:45 p.m.: Kitty Hawk

Rick Anderson photo.

Sunday, 3 p.m.: Duck

Winds have blown out the Currituck Sound in Duck. (Rick Anderson photo)

Sunday, 2:45 p.m.: Hyde County

Ocracoke island is currently experiencing extreme sound side flooding, with some areas presently inundated with more than 18 inches of water. Several homes and businesses are threatened at this point.

N.C. 12 is flooded with 18 to 24 inches of water in the village and at least two inches of moving water on the highway north of the village.

Ground service for Emergency Medical Service remains suspended, however resources are in place should citizens have acute medical needs.

On Ocracoke, persons needing medical attention are directed to call 911 and will be asked to provide their own transportation to the EMS Station for on site treatment.

Parts of Ocracoke village lost power this morning from 7 to 8:30 a.m.

Tideland EMC has an unconfirmed report of a power pole down in the water. As a result, service may be suspended for repairs.

Tideland said they will activate the generator on the island should service be interrupted.

Sunday, 12:40 p.m.: Town news

Kill Devil Hills
At 11:15 a.m. this morning the Town of Kill Devil Hills declared a State of Emergency. At this time, motorists are advised to not travel NC 12/Virginia Dare Trail due to ocean overwash.

Additional restrictions will be implemented as recommended by emergency response personnel. There will be no refuse collection in Kill Devil Hills tomorrow, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012.

Kitty Hawk
The Town of Kitty Hawk has issued a State of Emergency. N.C. 12 in Kitty Hawk is closed from Hawk Street to Eckner. Portions of N.C. 12 have experienced ocean overwash on Sibern Drive, White Street, Bleriot Street, and Byrd Street as well as the Kitty Hawk Bath House. There is also some side street flooding on Maynard Street and Byrd Street.

Kitty Hawk Police are asking motorists to avoid traveling N.C. 12 in Kitty Hawk due to damaging debris and standing saltwater and sand. Motorists can expect some road closures on NC 12 from East Kitty Hawk Road to Byrd Street.

NCDOT has staged equipment in Kitty Hawk for possible clean up. Should anyone wish to report a downed tree please call the Fire Department at (252) 261-2666. There will be no trash collection in Kitty Hawk on Monday. Normal collection schedule will resume on Tuesday.

Nags Head
There will be no commercial or residential trash collection in Nags Head on Monday, October 29. Trash in the entire town will be collected Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Areas of South Old Oregon Inlet Road in Nags Head may be impassable during high tide periods. Please do not drive through overwash. Salt water can wreak havoc on your vehicle and its electrical system.

From Dare County Emergency Management

Sunday, Noon: Currituck County

Currituck County will close all Recycling Centers today at 5 p.m. All Recycling Centers and the Transfer Station will be closed on Monday, Oct. 29.

In addition, the NC Department of Transportation reports that the Knotts Island ferry will not make any more runs today.

At 11 a.m. today, Currituck measured sustained winds in the mid-30s (mph) at the Southern Outer Banks Water Plant in Corolla, with gusts of 45-48 mph. Winds measured in the low-20s (mph) at the mainland water plant in Maple, with gusts of 35 mph.

Currituck declared a State of Emergency as of 9 am today due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Sandy. At this time, Currituck County has not issued any evacuation orders.
Citizens should remain indoors and refrain from driving during periods of high wind and heavy rain. Power outages can be reported to Dominion Power at 1-866-DOM- HELP.

Information regarding the storm can be found online at and on Twitter at CurrituckGov. Citizens may call Emergency Management at (252) 232- 2115.

Sunday 10 a.m.: Flooding

Overwash has been reported at multiple locations along N.C. 12, including at Helga St., First St., south Nags Head the Pea Island inlet bridge, Mirlo Beach, just north of Buxton, and just north of Hatteras village.

N.C. 12 has been closed to traffic between Oregon Inlet and Rodanthe since last night.

Flooding from the soundside has started to cover streets in Hatteras and Ocracoke.

The bottom of the Currituck Sound is exposed for a couple hundered feet off the shore at Duck.

Sunday 10:15 a.m.

Video update from Dare County manager Bobby Outten:

Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Seafoam piled up along the fence north of Corolla. (Karen McCalpin photo)

C.J. Rice shows how deep the sea foam is under Jennette’s Pier. (C.J. Rice photo)

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