Coastal Flood and High Surf Watches in Effect Through Sunday
The National Weather Service in Newport/Morehead City has issued a coastal flood watch effective through Monday at 1 p.m., and a high surf watch effective through Sunday evening. A powerful storm system will bring high winds and seas to Dare County from midday Saturday until midday Monday.
The forecast calls for potentially significant impacts including life-threatening storm surge inundation 2 to 4 feet above ground level for oceanside Dare County and in soundside areas adjacent to the southern Pamlico Sound. High surf, beach erosion and ocean overwash are expected. According to NCDOT, depending on the storm surge and overwash, portions of N.C. Highway 12 could be closed for extended periods during high tide cycles over the next few days.
All residents, visitors and property owners, especially those in oceanfront areas and places prone to soundside flooding, are advised to take precautions now to protect property. Outdoor furnishings, trash cans, and any loose items should be properly secured.
Visitors should contact accommodations providers for updates on local conditions, monitor the storm and plan accordingly if travel is necessary.
Motorists should proceed with extreme caution this weekend and check road conditions before traveling, especially during periods of high tide. Never drive into floodwaters. For information about current road conditions from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), visit drivenc.gov or dial 511. When dialing 511 on weekdays from 8:15 a.m. to 7:45 p.m., weekends from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., callers speak directly with an operator who can answer traffic and travel-related questions. Overnight and during emergencies, travelers should go to DriveNC.gov for the latest travel information. For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.Please review the details of each watch and continue to monitor updated weather conditions from the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/mhx.