While a slight overflow of the ocean was reported with high tide early in the morning at 2:30 a.m. in Buxton and northern Rodanthe, North Carolina Highway 12 remained open and passable through Monday morning, with minimal amounts of water and sand blowing across the roadway. However, further overflow from the ocean is expected until several hours before Monday afternoon’s high tide, which is around 2:30 p.m.
Residents and visitors are advised to keep vehicles away from flood-prone areas along the ocean, and in particular in North Buxton, North Rodanthe and near Ocean View Drive in Avon.
The Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry is still suspended due to high winds, and Cape Hatteras schools will have an early release Monday, with elementary school releasing at 11:30 a.m. and high school releasing at 12:00 p.m.
A low pressure system will continue to persist off the Outer Banks into 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/.