Another overflow cycle reported with Tuesday afternoon high tide; NC 12 will remain closed

Avon near Ocean View Drive Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Joy Christ.

Another round of ocean overflows were reported with Tuesday afternoon’s high tide at 3:30 p.m. on several sections of NC Highway 12, including north from Buxton to Avon near Ocean View Drive in the S-Curves/Mirlo Beach area north of Rodanthe, and on Pea Island.

The public are advised to avoid driving through these areas as standing water and sand remains on the roadway and salt water can cause severe damage to vehicles.

Rodanthe on Tuesday morning, before the collapse of the second home on Ocean Drive. Photo by Brad Hanson

According to a 1:00 p.m. update from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), NC Highway 12 will remain closed between Rodanthe and Oregon Inlet for the remainder of Tuesday. This section of the highway was closed early Tuesday morning due to excessive flooding on Pea Island.

“A stationary low pressure system has brought strong winds and large waves to the Outer Banks for the past three days. As a result, NC Highway 12 is covered in sand and deep ocean flooding at the Pea Island Visitor Center and S-curves just north of Rodanthe,” the NCDOT said in an update.

“Crews from the North Carolina Department of Transportation spent the morning and much of the afternoon trying to clear the roadway and build a protective berm to prevent the road from being undermined. Conditions permitting, crews will continue to clear the road tomorrow so it can be reopened to traffic as soon as possible. »

Additional overflow is possible on Wednesday, starting with the next high tide around 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

Ferry service for all Ocracoke Island routes is still suspended as of Tuesday afternoon due to high winds.

The low pressure system will continue to linger off the Outer Banks until at least Wednesday, with peak wind gusts of 45-50 mph, and a coastal flood warning remains in effect until Thursday morning.

Along the Soundside, flooding of 1 to 3 feet is still possible for low lying areas through Thursday morning, especially for Ocracoke Island and southern Hatteras Island. Minor lateral flooding was reported in the Villages of Hatteras and Ocracoke Tuesday morning, and water levels were rising along Eagle Pass Road in the Village of Hatteras as of 4:15 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Earlier Tuesday, two homes collapsed in 12 hours along Ocean Drive in Rodanthe. The Ocean Drive area (just south of Rodanthe Pier) has been closed to protect the public from the dangers associated with collapsed houses. Visitors should exercise caution when on the beach between the villages of Rodanthe and Salvo as debris is likely to spread over the next few days.

For local forecast information, visit for weather information, or the National Weather Service office in Newport/Morehead City on the Facebook page at NWSMoreheadCity/.

Buxton at 3.15pm NCDOT image.
Mirlo Beach at around 3:15 p.m. NCDOT image.
NWS picture
Rodanthe’s second home after it collapsed on Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Don Bowers.
Photo taken by Cape Hatteras National Seashore

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