Subtropical Storm Melissa causes flooding, closures along southern Outer Banks


HATTERAS, N.C. (WAVY) — Crews are still working to repair and reopen parts of NC Highway 12 after Subtropical Storm Melissa off the coast caused dune erosion and tidal flooding.

The highway remained closed on Friday from the Basnight Bridge to Rodanthe due to the overwash from the ocean.

NCDOT crews have been working since Thursday morning to get the road fixed, but with every high tide they are being met with more obstacles. NCDOT’s Twitter account for Highway 12 shared that the ocean broke through again Friday night as crews were finishing up road clearing operations.

Photos: Subtropical Storm Melissa brings flooding to OBX

The National Weather Service says these conditions will continue into Saturday evening, especially during high tides.

The highest tide of the subtropical storm Melissa is expected Friday around 7 p.m.

As of 5 p.m. on Friday, Subtropical Storm Melissa was located 210 miles south of Nantucket, Massachusetts with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph.

There is a ferry available for Hatteras citizens trying to get to the mainland Friday. To reserve space on the ferry, citizens have to call 1-800-BY-FERRY.

It will depart at 4:30 p.m. for Ocracoke-Silver Lake. Once there, motorists will immediately need to transfer to the 7 p.m. ferry from Ocracoke to Swan Quarter, arriving in Swan Quarter at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Officials announced Cape Hatteras Elementary School and Cape Hatteras Secondary School will be closed for Friday, Oct. 11 because of unsafe road conditions. Originally they were on 3-hour delay.

All of the other Dare County Schools were on their normal schedules.

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