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.
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.
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.