UPDATED: Winds ease, waves still up along Outer Banks; N.C. 12 remains open this morning

UPDATED: Winds ease, waves still up along Outer Banks; N.C. 12 remains open this morning

October 4th, 2022

UPDATED, Tuesday 8:30 a.m.
The National Weather Service has dropped the Wind Advisory this morning, while a Coastal Flood Warning continues for the oceanside of the Outer Banks due to water levels 2 to 3 feet above ground, along with a High Surf Advisory for breaking waves of 8 to 12 feet.

A Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect along the soundside of Ocracoke Island, with water levels 1 to 2 feet above ground.

“NCDOT reports no overwash on N.C. 12 with the overnight high tide but they still have clean up work to complete so please give way to road crews,” said Dare County Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson.

N.C. 12 was closed to traffic after high tide on Monday afternoon, but crews were able to quickly clear sand from several areas on Pea Island and reopened to road at 7 p.m. Deep sand and water remains on secondary roads near the oceanfront of Hatteras Island.

More oceanside flooding is likely with Tuesday afternoon’s high tide around 3:30 p.m.

Along with impacting N.C. 12 on Pea Island and the side streets in Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo, the high surf will cause issues for those using the four-wheel drive beach north of Corolla when traveling to-and-from Swan Beach and Carova Beach.

Water from the Pamlico Sound can still be found standing on roads from Rodanthe to Hatteras village, with nearly a foot of standing sound water in numerous locations last night. That water should recced further with the weaker winds today.

The Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry remains suspended this morning due to conditions across Hatteras Inlet. The Swan Quarter ferry is running its normal schedule.

For updates on the three Ocracoke Island ferry routes via the Ferry Division’s Twitter accounts visit: https://twitter.com/NCFerryHatteras/ and https://twitter.com/ncferrypamsound/, or by calling 252-996-6000 for more information.

“Ocean conditions keep swimming unsafe today and most likely into tomorrow,” Pearson said. Beachgoers should also be mindful of wave run-up that can easily knock people down.

Ocean Rescue staffing is at off season level. Most beaches are covered by a roving patrol. If help is needed, know your location and call 911.

The National Park Service is again asking everyone to stay off a two-mile stretch of beach, between the north end of Rodanthe and South Shore Drive, due to the presence of several vulnerable houses that may be damaged by rough surf and strong winds. The area should be completely avoided through this Wednesday.

Due to inclement weather and possible ocean overwash, the Dare County Public Works Department has rescheduled residential trash collection for the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo and Avon from Tuesday to Wednesday.

Residential collection for unincorporated areas of Roanoke Island, as well as East Lake, Manns Harbor and Stumpy Point will take place on Tuesday.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore campgrounds are still open but conditions are not expected to be favorable over the next few days. Visitors with reservations have been notified of the inclement weather.

Nags Head’s National Night Out at Dowdy Park that was scheduled for Tuesday evening has been cancelled due to the weather.

LIVE video from Kitty Hawk, courtesy Twiddy & Co.:

LIVE video from Rodanthe, courtesy RodanthePierLLC.com:

National Weather Service seven-day forecasts for:

Updated surf zone forecasts from the National Weather Service are posted at https://www.weather.gov/beach/midatlantic.

For more information on rip currents, visit LoveTheBeachRespectTheOcean.com and SafeCorolla.com.

For the latest images from NCDOT traffic cameras on the Outer Banks and northeastern North Carolina, visit: https://wobx.com/2022/06/01/outer-banks-northeastern-north-carolina-traffic-cameras/.

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