Minor to moderate ocean flooding reported with Monday high tide; NC 12 remains open

Cottage Avenue in Buxton on Monday. Photo by Don Bowers.

A minor to moderate ocean overflow was reported with Monday afternoon’s high tide, which occurred around 2:30 p.m.

Although NC Highway 12 remains open throughout, standing water and sand remain on the roadway and flooding may continue throughout the afternoon. Travelers are advised to exercise caution and avoid driving if possible, as salt water can severely damage vehicles.

Further overflow is likely with the next high tide around 3:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Road conditions as of 2:30 p.m. Monday according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and other sources are as follows:

  • Oregon Inlet at Pea Island Visitor Center: Fair, but strong waves continue to wash away the dune near the Pea Island Visitor Center, which NCDOT crews continue to fortify as much as possible. Sand and water remain on sections of the highway.
  • Mirlo/Rodanthe beach: Minor to moderate coastal flooding was reported on NC 12 road in Rodanthe, and particularly in the S-Curves/Mirlo Beach area. Salt water stays on the highway.
  • Have : An ocean overflow was reported along Ocean View Drive. The overflow has yet to impact NC Highway 12 and the pavement is generally dry.
  • Buxton: Some overflows continue to impact the motorway in north Buxton. Traffic is flowing, but slowly. Sand and water remain on the pavement.
  • Hatters: No problem currently.
  • Ocracoke: No issues, but all ferry operations to and from Ocracoke Island remain suspended.

The low pressure system will continue to linger off the Outer Banks through Wednesday, and ocean overflow is expected to have more impact with each successive high tide cycle. NC Highway 12 may become impassable for extended periods over the next few days.

Along the sound side, flooding of 1 to 3 feet for very low areas will result in minor flooding of properties and some roads, especially for Ocracoke Island and southern Hatteras Island. Water levels will likely peak Monday evening.

Winds will continue to increase with maximum gusts of 45-50 mph currently forecast through Tuesday. Winds will peak late Monday evening in the Outer Banks, then gradually decrease through the middle of the week.

Powerful waves with wave heights of up to 20 feet and dangerous rip currents can also be expected for all Outer Banks beaches north of Cape Lookout.

For local forecast information, visit www.weather.gov/mhx for weather information, or the National Weather Service office in Newport/Morehead City on the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ NWSMoreheadCity/.

Ocean View Drive in Avon on Monday. Photo by Don Bowers.
Buxton Monday. Photo by Don Bowers.
Buxton Monday. Photo by Don Bowers.

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