October 29, 2012 Rain and Winds Continue with Storm Surge and Soundside Flooding
The Outer Banks will experience rain and gale force winds (30+ mph) today that are expected to continue into Wednesday.
Flooding from the storm will remain a threat through Tuesday. High seas and rough surf will produce ocean overwash with inundation of 4 to 6 feet above ground. Soundside flooding will become extreme tonight with inundations of 3 to 5 feet.
NC Highway 12 south of Oregon Inlet remains closed due to sand and water on the roadway. Local law enforcement reported Sunday afternoon that pavement had been compromised in the northbound lane of Highway 12 north of Mirlo Beach and in the southbound lane south of the new bridge. NCDOT will continue working to clear the road, assess damage and make repairs to reopen it as quickly as possible.
Dare County Emergency Management is conducting a mid-morning Support Group meeting and anticipates releasing additional storm related information afterward. They advise everyone to use caution and be alert for flooded conditions and water and sand overwash on all roads throughout Dare County.
Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative reports that Hatteras Village is without power and service is not expected to be restored until later today.
NCDOT has suspended ferry service between Hatteras Village and Ocracoke. Operations will return to normal as soon as winds diminish and conditions are safe. NCDOT road information is available by calling 511 or online at www.ncdot.gov/travel
Visitors should consult with their accommodations provider before traveling to the area.
One-stop early voting will be available today as scheduled at the Baum Center in Kill Devil Hills and at the Elections Office in Manteo, but is cancelled at the Fessenden Center in Buxton. For more information about one-stop early voting, call the Dare County Board of Elections Office between 8:30 and 5:00 p.m. at252-475-5630.
County offices south of Oregon Inlet will be closed on today. All other County offices will open on regular schedule, at 8:30 a.m.
Dare County Public Works has suspended residential and commercial garbage collection for today. This includes the Towns of Southern Shores and Kitty Hawk. The Dare County scales, transfer station operations and recycling will be closed. Regular operations will resume on Tuesday, October 30.