NEW INFO: Highway 12 Closed On Outer Banks

Officials will reopen Highway 12 on Hatteras Island between Oregon Inlet and Rodanthe at 6:00 p.m. Friday. Crews cleared sand from the roadway, but drivers are still asked to be cautious because of standing water.

Periods of high tide Saturday between 1:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. will likely force officials to close the highway again.


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High surf and strong winds are continuing to cause problems on the Outer Banks.

Dare County Emergency Management says Highway 12 is now closed at the Oregon Inlet bridge because of ocean over wash. The area impacted is just south of the bridge to Rodanthe.

Traffic is being stopped at the south end of the Bonner Bridge at Oregon Inlet and just north of Rodanthe. Travel on Hatteras Island between Rodanthe and Hatteras Village is unrestricted.

There is no estimated on when the highway, which is the only link between Hatteras and Nags Head, will reopen.

In Rodanthe the road is passable, but a county web cam shows flooding in that section as well.


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People along the Outer Banks are feeling the impact of a storm system off the coast that has brought on a gale warning and a coastal flood advisory.

The storm is expected to kick up 15-foot breakers through the weekend.

At Kitty Hawk, waves are breaking just under the deck of the pier. In Rodanthe water is up over Highway 12 at the S-curve, though the highway is still open.

Ellen Riddick of Kitty Hawk submitted several pictures of the strong surf through Carolina Camera. Click on the PHOTOS tab at the top to see the pictures.

The National Weather Service says the coastal flood advisory and a high surf advisory runs until 7:00 a.m. Sunday.

Some minor ocean overwash and beach erosion can be
expected with water levels up to 2 feet above normal. The highest water levels will be around the times of high tide.


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  • by toms on Nov 13, 2010 at 07:08 AM
    I wonder how much money Dare Co and the state has spent cleaning up Hwy.12 after every No'easter, and instead put all that time, money and energy into building the new long bridge to Rodanthe; do you think that would be a better use of your tax dollars?
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Nov 13, 2010 at 05:36 AM
    I am sure the residents on the southern end of Hwy 12 wouldn't call it a road to nowhere.
  • by Taxpayer2 Location: OBX on Nov 13, 2010 at 05:09 AM
    @Taxpayer, As soon as Raleigh allows toll roads for the ENTIRE state, I'll support toll roads
  • by Taxpayer Location: NC on Nov 12, 2010 at 08:42 PM
    Maybe we can spend another million on the road to nowhere.We should make it a toll road for those that use it.
  • by ? Location: Hyde on Nov 12, 2010 at 01:57 PM
    Will this weather have any affect on the Marathon and Half Marathon Race on this weekend?
  • by T Location: Washington on Nov 12, 2010 at 10:55 AM
    Sam...Looks like Sunday is going to be clean. Maybe see you at s curves. Later.
  • by Susan Location: Nags HeaD on Nov 12, 2010 at 09:05 AM
    The ocean is now cresting our dune and running down to the beach road in Nags Head. It is not yet happening with every wave, but it is high tide so the frequency will porobably increase for a while.
  • by kim Location: washington-work on Nov 12, 2010 at 08:14 AM
    wish I was there
  • by proofread Location: school on Nov 12, 2010 at 07:52 AM
    someone needs to proofread. There is no ~~estimated~~ on when the highway, which is the only link between Hatteras and Nags Head, will reopen. In Rodanthe the road is passable, but a county web cam ~~show~~ flooding in that section as well.
  • by To Sam on Nov 12, 2010 at 05:43 AM
    I caught some waves in a jar and saved them for you. I know they won't be as fresh or good as right off the beach, but just in case you don't make it out to where they're breaking.....
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