Distant storm floods N.C. 12 in Hatteras for another day

By on March 4, 2018

Overwash at milepost 2 in Kitty Hawk Sunday. (Carrie Bateman)

Parts of N.C. 12 were impassable again Monday as high-seas persisted from a storm in the far North Atlantic.

Cape Hatteras schools were closed on Monday for all staff and students and will be closed again Teusday, while the other Dare County Schools will operate on a normal schedule.

Large waves just off the coast will cause significant beach erosion and ocean overwash in spots north of Cape Hatteras.


A coastal flood warning has been extended to 12 p.m. Monday.

During the weekend, overwash closed the Beach Road from Byrd to Maynard streets in Kitty Hawk, which had its beaches widened during last year’s nourishment project.

Experts say the additional sand helps absorb wave energy, helping to protect oceanfront properties and preventing more severe overwash.


Nags Head also had some overwash. The town sent out requests for bids from contractors last month for renourishment that could start as early as this summer.

Along Hatteras Island, N.C. 12 between Oregon Inlet and Hatteras was covered in water, sand and debris at multiple spots.

The Island Free Press reported extreme oceanside flooding was reported in south Avon near Ocean View Drive, north Buxton, and other locales throughout the islands. Multiple vehicles reported being unable to get through the flooding hot spots, even during the afternoon low tide.

Conditions became too dangerous by midday Sunday for NCDOT crews to stay ahead of the issues on Pea Island. Dare County Emergency Management said the road may not fully reopen until sometime Monday.

Ferry Service across Hatteras Inlet resumed operations Saturday evening, but has since been suspended because of the flooding on N.C. 12. The routes between Ocracoke, Swan Quarter and Cedar Island were running again Sunday afternoon.

Sustained winds are expected to drop below 35 mph, but there could still be gusts up to 40 mph through this evening, remain in the 20s on Monday and finally drop out Monday night.

But dangerous sea conditions will continue through Wednesday as high waves from this weekend will take much longer to subside, according to the weather office.


  • Ruthless

    Wilkins St in Kitty Hawk; Wilkinson in KDH.

    Sunday, Mar 4 @ 10:12 am
  • Sam Walker

    Thanks…seem to always mess that up.

    Sunday, Mar 4 @ 10:14 am
  • Bud

    Cool. Awsome waves here in Rodanthe. Only the Mirlo Breach area is flooded, but no one lives there anyway.

    Sunday, Mar 4 @ 11:12 am
  • John

    The 17 mile bridge down the sound would do away with all this over wash problem.

    Monday, Mar 5 @ 7:30 am
  • surf123

    There goes all of the sand that was pumped to the northern beaches and Buxton. All it took was one good storm to flush it all back.

    Monday, Mar 5 @ 2:33 pm
  • Bud

    Overwash is not a problem, it is a necessity for a healthy barrier island system and it builds the island. The major problem is the building of dune-lines that cause/increase erosion.

    Monday, Mar 5 @ 4:47 pm
  • Seal

    Surf123 thats OK they will write them another check next year !!!

    Monday, Mar 5 @ 5:01 pm
  • DS

    FLUSH went the beach nourishment; WOOSH goes your $$$$ to put it back.

    Tuesday, Mar 6 @ 11:31 am
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