OBX Road Closures Update

DOT officials say Highway 158 in Kitty Hawk is not expected to re-open before Wednesday afternoon.

Flooding and overwash has resulted in a five lanes being closed.

DOT says N.C. 12 is closed from Rodanthe to the Oregon Inlet Bridge. Inspectors determined that the bridge was unsafe for travel.

Meanwhile, further south, we’re told Ocracoke is encountering extreme sound side flooding and that N.C. 12 is flooded with up to 24 inches of water in the village itself. There is at least 2 inches of moving water on the highway, north of the village.

Overwash has also been reported in Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, and north of Buxton.

N.C. 12 is also impassable between Sea Level and Cedar Island in Carteret County. In areas east of Smyrna, Williston and Stacy, tidal flooding has partially covered U.S. 70.

Crews and equipment are staged along N.C. 12 to assess the damage as soon as the storm passes and conditions are deemed safe.

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NCDOT is working to remove sand and water on NC Highway 12 on Hatteras Island, which has closed the roadway south of Oregon Inlet. Motorists are advised to use caution and be alert for water and sand overwash on Highway 12 and all roads throughout Dare County.

Storm force (50+ mph) winds will reduce as the hurricane moves further to the east. However, winds of 30+ mph are projected to extend into Tuesday and produce rough surf and dangerous rip currents. The threat of ocean flooding of 3 to 6 feet will continue to exist due to astronomical tides and storm surge.

Shifting winds are expected to produce soundside flooding of 3 to 5 feet throughout Dare County. Some areas of southern Hatteras Island are already experiencing flooding.

Visitors should consult with their accommodations provider before traveling to the area.

NCDOT has suspended ferry service between Hatteras Village and Ocracoke. Operations will return to normal as soon as winds diminish and conditions are safe. NCDOT road information is available by calling 511 or online at www.ncdot.gov/travel.

Dare County Public Works has suspended residential and commercial garbage collection for Monday, October 29. This includes the Towns of Southern Shores and Kitty Hawk. The Dare County scales, transfer station operations and recycling will be closed. Regular operations will resume on Tuesday, October 30.

Town of Kill Devil Hills –

At 11:15 a.m. this morning the Town of Kill Devil Hills declared a State of Emergency. At this time, motorists are advised to not travel NC 12/Virginia Dare Trail due to ocean overwash. Additional restrictions will be implemented as recommended by emergency response personnel. There will be no refuse collection in Kill Devil Hills tomorrow, Monday, October 29, 2012.

Town of Kitty Hawk –

The Town of Kitty Hawk has issued a State of Emergency. NC Highway 12 in Kitty Hawk is closed from Hawk Street to Eckner. Portions of NC 12 have experienced ocean overwash on Sibern Drive, White Street, Bleriot Street, and Byrd Street as well as the Kitty Hawk Bath House. There is also some side street flooding on Maynard Street and Byrd Street. Kitty Hawk Police are asking motorists to avoid traveling NC 12 in Kitty Hawk due to damaging debris and standing saltwater and sand. Motorists can expect some road closures on NC 12 from East Kitty Hawk Road to Byrd Street. NCDOT has staged equipment in Kitty Hawk for possible clean up. Should anyone wish to report a downed tree please call the Fire Department at 252-261-2666. There will be no trash collection in Kitty Hawk on Monday. Normal collection schedule will resume on Tuesday.

Town of Nags Head –

There will be no commercial or residential trash collection in Nags Head on Monday, October 29. Trash in the entire town will be collected Tuesday, October 30.

Areas of South Old Oregon Inlet Road in Nags Head may be impassable during high tide periods. Please do not drive through overwash. Salt water can wreak havoc on your vehicle and its electrical system.

Additional Storm Related Information –

Dare County Transportation will be closed for service on Monday, October 29 due to unsafe conditions. Normal transportation service is expected to resume on Tuesday, October 30.

Dare County Libraries ask customers not to return library materials to any of the outside book drops throughout the County during this storm to avoid damage to returned items.

If electrical power is lost, local service providers can be reached at the following numbers:

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative, Outage Reporting Number: 866-511-9862

Dominion Power: 1-866-DOM-HELP (366-4357)

Tideland EMC: 252-943-3046

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Over-wash and flooding from Hurricane Sandy has closed N.C. 12 in Dare County from south of the Oregon Inlet bridge to Rodanthe.

There are also reports of over-wash on N.C. 12 in Kill Devil Hills and Kitty Hawk and flooding in Rodanthe.

Additional over-wash has been reported at areas further south. In Hatteras, over-wash has been reported at Buxton and north of Hatteras Village. Flooding has also been reported at the village of Ocracoke.

North Carolina Department of Transportation crews are assessing damage, but deteriorating conditions are making it difficult to determine the extent of the damage and how quickly the road may reopen. There is a high likelihood that more water and sand will be upon the road during the evening hours, especially at high tide.

Most ferry operations are suspended as Hurricane Sandy approaches. By 8 p.m. last night, the NCDOT's Ferry Division had suspended all ferry operations as conditions deteriorated. This morning, the Southport-Fort Fisher route resumed normal operations. All other routes remain suspended until conditions improve.

Operations will return to normal as soon as conditions are deemed safe. Travelers are encouraged to call each ferry terminal directly with questions about specific ferry routes or schedules.

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Strong winds and heavy rain are hitting the Outer Banks, and conditions are expected to worsen throughout the evening, potentially causing ocean and soundside flooding.

The Outer Banks is bracing for the possibility of damage to building, isolated power outages, trees down and possible overwash.

No evacuations have been called for at this time.

Dare County Emergency Management is asking "everyone to remain indoors during periods of high winds and heavy rain, and avoid driving in what will be hazardous conditions. Visitors should consult with their accommodations provider before traveling to the area."

According to Dare County Emergency Management, oceanside flooding of two to four feet is possible, and soundside flooding throughout Dare County, including Roanoke Island, could be 3 to 5 feet Sunday into Monday.

Dare County Emergency Management also reports, "prolonged gusty winds will continue tonight into Monday. Coastal areas will experience sustained winds of 40 to 55 mph with gusts from 50 to 70 mph. Total rainfall will be 5 to 8 inches with up to 10 inches in some locations. The storm will also produce rough surf and dangerous rip currents."

Also: "The Town of Nags Head advises if you are in a flood-prone area, please move your vehicle to higher ground. Nags Head's Town Park and the UNC Coastal Studies Institute are available for temporary parking. Turn west onto Barnes Street at Ace Hardware; both lots are on the left near the end of the street."

Dare County says it does not expect any evacuations because of Hurricane Sandy.

Emergency management does urge all residents and visitors to make preparations now for strong winds, heavy rains, and ocean and soundside flooding from the hurricane.

Based on the current forecast, Dare County will have northeast gale force winds Saturday evening (34 MPH +) which will increase to storm force (50 MPH +) by 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning. Winds will remain in the area through Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.

The county expects rainfall over the next three days to total 7 inches. As the storm moves past the area late Sunday night the winds will shift to the west-southwest, which may cause soundside flooding of up to 3 to 5 feet throughout Dare County.

Dare County says strong beach erosion and road overwash will be a major concern along NC 12 from Kitty Hawk to Buxton. Some minor structural damage could occur; however, the county says most threatening aspect of the storm will be ocean overwash and potential loss of highway along Highway 12 south of Oregon Inlet on Hatteras Island.

Dare County Emergency Management advises people to:

• Move cars to high ground and secure property.
• Complete preparations by Saturday afternoon before winds strengthen
• Visitors should check with their accommodations provider before traveling to the area.