By Outer Banks Voice on October 3, 2022
UPDATE: NC12 is now CLOSED between Oregon Inlet and the Rodanthe Roundabout. Unfortunately, the winds and tides have caused serious overwash in several locations.
In addition, the Dare County Sheriff’s Department is now reporting that as of about 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 3:
Please stay home unless travel is absolutely necessary. Do not drive through areas you cannot see the center or fog lines.
Update from NCDOT: Minor overwash today at the Canal Zone and at the Pea Island Visitor Center, and secondary roads in Rodanthe are seeing major overwash at high tide. NC12 is open, but drive with extreme caution as there is sand and water on the road, windy conditions and road crews working.
This weather update, posted on Oct. 3 comes from Dare County Emergency Management
Developing low pressure off the Mid-Atlantic is forecast to move slowly over the next 36-48 hours today and produce strong winds, large seas, dangerous shore break, rip currents and coastal flooding across eastern NC early this week. These conditions are expected to persist into Wednesday though the strongest winds are expected to diminish late tonight.
The storm surge guidance is forecasting moderate to major ocean side flooding along the Outer Banks north of Cape Hatteras today and Tuesday with minor flooding on Wednesday. This guidance is also forecasting widespread minor to locally moderate soundside flooding adjacent to the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds. The next full briefing is planned for Tuesday morning though one could be issued early this evening if there are any major changes to the forecast.
NCDOT is also reporting that due to the weather system, there is a suspension of ferry service at Hatteras and Currituck. Other schedule interruptions are possible later today on Cedar Island and Swan Quarter routes.
For more information visit NWS Newport/Morehead.