HATTERAS ISLAND, N.C. (WAVY) — Hurricane Florence has yet to make landfall, but the storm’s outer bands have been impacting the Outer Banks since Thursday.
NCDOT said Thursday North Carolina Highway12 closed on Hatteras Island due to overwash. Water and sand was covering the road near Rodanthe and in Avon, Buxton, and just north of Hatteras Village.
In a tweet Friday morning, NCDOT said there were several areas of deep sand and ocean overwash. Crews were going to inspect the road and check for structural damage.
Transportation officials started reporting issues on the vulnerable road Thursday morning, as Florence was churning a couple of hundred miles offshore.
Conditions on NC-12 deteriorated Thursday morning, Florence’s anticipated landfall near Wilmington loomed closer. Officials warned drivers not to attempted to navigate the overwash.
As expected, conditions are worsening on highway 12 in the usual spots. This is a picture of the S-Curves north of Rodanthe this morning, with high tide still a few hours away. While the road is still “passable” right now, travel is not advised. pic.twitter.com/ZS6GNVWWr9— NCDOT NC12 (@NCDOT_NC12) September 13, 2018
The rough seas even posed a slight danger to a 10 On Your Side crew on Pea Island. In a series of tweets, Andy Fox chronicled their race to get off the island, and away from the ocean waters.
NCDOT also addressed a circulating rumor in a Facebook post. Their post says reports of a road failure just north of Hatteras Village are false.
Florence had weakened from a Category 4 to a Category 2 hurricane, but forecasters cautioned that the storm’s enormous wind field was growing, raising the risk of the ocean surging on to land.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.