Travel Advisory- Hwy 12 Closed

October 28, 2012- 12:30 p.m.
Ocean Overwash and Flooding from Hurricane Sandy

NCDOT is working to remove sand and water on NC Highway 12 on Hatteras Island, which has closed the roadway south of Oregon Inlet.  Motorists are advised to use caution and be alert for water and sand overwash on Highway 12 and all roads throughout Dare County.

Storm force (50+ mph) winds will reduce as the hurricane moves further to the east.  However, winds of 30+ mph are projected to extend into Tuesday and produce rough surf and dangerous rip currents.  The threat of ocean flooding of 3 to 6 feet will continue to exist due to astronomical tides and storm surge.

Shifting winds are expected to produce soundside flooding of 3 to 5 feet throughout Dare County.  Some areas of southern Hatteras Island are already experiencing flooding.

Visitors should consult with their accommodations provider before traveling to the area.

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

Dare County Public Works has suspended residential and commercial garbage collection for Monday, October 29.  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.

The next scheduled update will be available at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 28.  The Dare County Emergency Operations Center will be operating throughout the storm and may be reached at 252-475-5655.


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