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Highway 12 reopens on Outer Banks

Video from the Cape Hatteras National Seashore shows long stretches of sandbags where...
Video from the Cape Hatteras National Seashore shows long stretches of sandbags where protective dunes used to be on the north end of the barrier island.(Cape Hatteras National Seashore)
Published: Jan. 18, 2022 at 7:22 AM EST
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OCRACOKE ISLAND, N.C. (WITN) - Highway 12 on the Outer Banks is reopened in both directions following this weekend’s storm.

The Department of Transportation says flooding on Highway 12 between the Marc Basnight Bridge and Hatteras has been cleared. The Dare County Sheriff’s Office says all roads are passable at this time, but a few areas might see a small amount of water or sand on the road.

This past weekend’s storm caused severe beach erosion on Ocracoke Island. Video from the Cape Hatteras National Seashore showed long stretches of sandbags where protective dunes used to be on the north end of the barrier island.

Video from the Cape Hatteras National Seashore shows damage on the northern end of Ocracoke Island from this weekend's storm.

Ferries to Hatteras Island, Cedar Island, and Swan Quarter canceled their routes due to windy conditions and rough seas. The ferries hope to be back in operation on Tuesday.

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