RALEIGH, N.C. (WAVY) – N.C. 12 will remain closed through Sunday as NCDOT officials continue to reassess road conditions for tomorrow.
Officials will begin clearing debris and repair any possible work required to reopen the road on Monday.
Limited visibility, severe ocean overwash, and wind-blown sand prompted the N.C. Department of Transportation to close the road between Oregon Inlet and Rodanthe at 5 p.m. Saturday.
NCDOT officials said the coastal storm has made travel along N.C. 12 and the Outer Banks’ main roads, “dangerous and hazardous.”
They warn there will be almost no visibility due to windblown sand accumulating on the highway and it is becoming unsafe for NCDOT maintenance crews working to clear the road.
Ocean overwash onto N.C. 12 is likely during high tide cycles late Saturday night through Sunday.
The weather is likely to become progressively worse Saturday night and Sunday morning, bringing heavy rain and wind to the Outer Banks and coastal North Carolina.
NCDOT crews will be back out early tomorrow to assess N.C. 12 and determine when the closure can be lifted.
Continued hazardous conditions can also be expected through Sunday.
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