Jose covers parts of N.C. 12 on Hatteras Island with overwash

By on September 18, 2017

Hurricane Jose has weakened to a minimal hurricane as it passes east of the Outer Banks, but it continues to bring steady onshore winds and high surf, causing overwash flooding along Hatteras Island.

N.C. 12 was closed Tuesday morning south of Oregon Inlet near the Pea Island Visitor Center due to overwash flooding.


The N.C. Department of Transportation reported overwash at two spots on Pea Island, at the north entrance to Mirlo Beach, Atlantic and Ocean drives at the Rodanthe Pier and at the north entrance to Hatteras village.

The worst flooding Sunday and Monday was in southern Avon, between the Food Lion shopping center and Seaside Street, where ocean water has been washing into secondary roads and then flowing across N.C. 12.


There was some minor overwash Tuesday morning in front of the Kitty Hawk bath house.

About 3,000 feet of the beach around mile post 4 remains to be widened, and work on the beach nourishment project will resume when the surf subsides.


Mostly it has been water with some sand in spots, the highway department said, but no structural damage to the roadways has been observed.

“The very large waves combined with gusty north winds could lead to beach erosion and ocean overwash mainly around the times of high tide through Tuesday, possibly through Tuesday night for areas north of Cape Hatteras,” said Casey Dail, forecaster at the National Weather Service office in Newport/Morehead City.

High tide at Oregon Inlet was at 7:27 p.m. Monday, and 7:50 a.m. and 8:14 p.m. Tuesday.

A high surf advisory, coastal flood advisory and wind advisory have been posted by the National Weather Service. Peak wind gusts of up to 45 mph are possible through Tuesday morning.

Jose is expected to weaken even more, then stall in the northern Atlantic, and could continue producing rough seas for the Outer Banks through the end of the week.

Hurricane Maria has intensified to category 5 status as it moves along the Leeward Island and eastern Caribbean, which were just devastated by Hurricane Irma.

Computer simulations are all over the map beyond three days, but most show the storm on a path out to sea before it reaches the southeast U.S. coastline.

By next weekend, forecasters should have a better handle on where the storm might head as it moves out of the Caribbean.


  • Patti Woods

    My family heads to Nags Head on friday Sept. 23. What should we expect in weather for that week ?

    Monday, Sep 18 @ 9:14 pm
  • Bud

    The waves are a blessing, not a problem. It is the surge that people have issue with.

    Hatteras needs the overwash to replenish the beach and sound waters. Dune lines are a major cause of erosion.

    Tuesday, Sep 19 @ 7:15 am
  • T.W. Mangrove

    Patti, you can expect Hurricane Maria if we aren’t lucky.

    Tuesday, Sep 19 @ 10:54 am
  • Jon

    Patti, probably a lot like this week, because Hurricane Maria will be headed offshore our way next week. I’d expect the beaches to be red-flagged every day.

    You’ll get to see very large waves though! By the end of the week, they might even be rideable!

    Tuesday, Sep 19 @ 11:30 am
  • Jessica Trautwein

    We are finally taking a vacation for this year and we are expected to arrive on the 28th. Really hoping that Maria stays off the coast and we can enjoy our time there! *fingers crossed*

    Tuesday, Sep 19 @ 12:54 pm
  • obxchic

    Patti – The weather report changes every 5 minutes here.

    Tuesday, Sep 19 @ 2:28 pm
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