Coastal flooding likely with Monday morning high tide; NC 12 remains closed

Buxton Monday morning. Photo by Matthew Coats.

Coastal flooding is expected again with Monday morning’s high tide at 10 a.m., with impacts similar to Sunday’s, according to a recent update from the National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City office.

Residents and visitors should expect flooding of roads and very low properties several hours before and after high tide. NC Highway 12 remains closed from Rodanthe to Mirlo Beach as of 8:00 a.m. Monday. The highway was closed north of Rodanthe during high tide on Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. due to ocean overflow, and at least one breach in the dunes occurred on Pea Island, leading to flooding exacerbated. NCDOT crews continue to work to clear the roadway of sand and salt water, and the Island Free Press will post highway updates as they become available.

All ferry operations on Ocracoke and Hatteras Islands are suspended due to inclement weather.

Flooding along southern Pamlico Sound also continues to be a threat Monday. Watch out for possible flooding along the strait, and especially south of Cape Hatteras. Fortunately, as the wind begins to decrease today, the water levels will also begin to drop.

The depression that has plagued the coast for two days is slowly moving away on Monday, with winds gradually decreasing through tonight. Coastal flooding issues could persist through Tuesday, and mainly for areas along the coast where dunes have been badly damaged.

For more information on local forecasts, visit for general weather information, or the National Weather Service office in Newport/Morehead City’s Facebook page at

Mirlo Beach area at 8:15 a.m. on Mondays. NCDOT picture.
Buxton at 8.15am on Monday. Photo by Orville Scarborough
Buxton Monday morning. Photo by Matthew Coats
Buxton at 8.15am on Monday. Photo by Orville Scarborough

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