MANTEO, N.C. (WAVY) — Ahead of an expected coastal storm, The National Weather Service is warning residents and tourists of possible impacts to travel routes and beaches at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
“Visitors should take this storm seriously as it could be one of the strongest storms of the season,” stated David Hallac, superintendent, National Parks of Eastern North Carolina. “If possible, visitors should avoid travel to Seashore destinations until after the storm leaves the area.”
Officials say impacts are likely to include moderate to major oceanside overwash, potentially leading to challenging or impassable travel conditions.
These conditions are expected Sunday and Monday morning, along N.C. Highway 12 on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands.
In addition, the storm is expected to bring strong wind gusts, heavy rainfall, beach erosion and powerful surf. Beachgoers are encouraged to stay out of the water until the conditions improve.