NC-12 in Dare County to experience high tide closures during offshore storm


RODANTHE, N.C. (WNCT/WNCN) – Sections of NC-12 in Dare County may be closed for extended periods over the next few days, as a storm system off the Atlantic coast causes high tides that wash sand onto the road, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).

In a release issued Friday, NCDOT officials warned motorists to avoid driving through standing or rushing water, and to not drive around barricades or signs.

Most flood-related drownings occur when someone drives through standing or rushing water on a road, NCDOT said.

NC-12 was closed between the Basnight Bridge and Rodanthe on Thursday evening, and again on Friday morning.

NCDOT officials warned the closing pattern on NC-12 will continue until the storm moves away from the area.

Crews will try to clear NC-12 and reopen it when conditions allow, but each high tide cycle brings ocean overwash and sand back onto the highway, NCDOT said.

Even when open, motorists should proceed with extreme caution and never drive into floodwaters.

According to NCDOT, forecasters expect the system to move offshore Saturday into Sunday.


A storm system sitting off the North Carolina coast brought flooding that closed a major roadway in Dare County, the North Carolina Department of Transportation said.

Crews have been working on NC-12 north of Rodanthe since Thursday morning. Our sister station, CBS 17’s Chief Meteorologist Wes Hohenstein described the system as a non-tropical area of low pressure behaving similarly to a nor’easter.

The storm caused dune erosion near the roadway. An alert from NCDOT said NC-12 is closed in both directions near Blue Sead Road.

“While this storm system sits offshore, motorists should expect mild overwash,” NCDOT said on Twitter.

The road is expected to reopen by 1 a.m. Friday, per an NCDOT alert issued Thursday around 11:30 p.m.

Hohenstein said the system — which is producing strong winds, heavy rain, and flooding — will meander off the North Carolina coast for a few days before moving out. It is not expected to develop into a tropical system.

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