Highway 12 floods during weekend coastal storm

Pelicans and a truck make their way Sunday along Highway 12 in Cedar Island as a coastal storm caused over wash of Down East and South River areas. (Contributed photo to the County Emergency Services Facebook page)

Reporter's note: This article was last updated Nov. 19 at 3:15 p.m.

NEWPORT — The coastal storm the National Weather Service forecast last week has come and gone, and Carteret County weathered it largely without incident.

The NWS weather forecasting office in Newport began forecasting a coastal storm would reach the county sometime last weekend, and high winds and precipitation arrived late Friday and lasted through Saturday into early Sunday.

While wind gusts reached up to 60 mph in Carteret County, NWS meteorologist Robert Frederick at the Newport office said no significant damage was reported.

According to Mr. Frederick, the highest gust measured at 60 mph at Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach at around 6 p.m. Saturday.

“Beaufort had a gust of 53 mph at 6:22 p.m. on Saturday,” he said. “As far as precipitation in Carteret County, the highest we got was 2.6 inches north of Beaufort. We got 2.4 inches in Pine Knoll Shores and 2.36 inches in Morehead City.”

These total rainfall amounts were measured at 7 a.m. Sunday. Mr. Frederick said there was very little precipitation during the day Sunday, less than a tenth of an inch.

Meanwhile, the Carteret County Emergency Services Department reports several roads in Carteret County experienced tidal flooding related to the storm.

As of Monday, the following roads experienced nuisance flooding during high tide events:

  • Bay Street between 5th and 9th streets, Morehead City.
  • 20th Street bridge, Morehead City.
  • Front Street, Beaufort.
  • Highway 70 prior to East Carteret High School, Beaufort.
  • Russell Creek between Highway 101 and Cupid Drive, Beaufort.
  • Madison Bay Drive, Beaufort.
  • Highway 70 on the east side of the North River bridge.
  • Polly Hill Road, Marshallberg.
  • Highway 70 near Williston Creek Road, Williston.
  • Murphy Road, Davis.
  • Straits Road near Piggott Road.

County emergency management officials encourage residents not to walk, swim or drive through flooded roadways. If you encounter flooding roadways in your vehicle, be sure to “turn around, don’t drown.”

According to the extended forecast for the Carteret County area on the NWS website, weather.gov, the weather is expected to remain clear Saturday.  

According to Tuesday’s forecast, Wednesday is expected to be sunny, with clear conditions into the night. Thursday is also forecast to be sunny, with partly cloudy conditions into the night.

Friday is forecast with mostly sunny conditions, with mostly cloudy conditions forecast for Friday night. Saturday has a 50% chance of showers.  

Meanwhile, a stretch of Highway 12 between Oregon Inlet and Rodanthe that was partially flooded during the weekend storm is expected to reopen Wednesday. State transportation officials said in a Tuesday release they anticipate reopening the major Outer Banks roadway as long as no additional damage is found.

A stretch of Highway 12 on Hatteras Island has been closed since 5 p.m. Saturday, when the powerful storm washed out several dunes and blew sand and ocean overwash onto the road. As of Tuesday morning, N.C. Department of Transportation officials said they have not seen any structural damage to the road and the road is no longer experiencing ocean overwash.

NCDOT crews and contractors are continuing to clear sand and debris from the highway to make the road safe for travel.

Crews also inspected Highway 12 on Ocracoke Island Monday afternoon and saw no additional structural damage. Transportation officials say the storm caused some dune breaches on the island within the area still being repaired from Hurricane Dorian. This portion of Highway 12 has remained closed since Dorian struck in early September. Last weekend’s storm will delay the scheduled Friday reopening of the Ocracoke Island section of Highway 12. At this time, officials are still assessing the road to determine what repairs will be needed to enable the road to be reopened.

 Contact Mike Shutak at 252-726-7081 ext. 206, email mike@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter at @mikesccnt.

 

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NEWPORT – The coastal storm the National Weather Service forecast last week has come and gone, and Carteret County weathered it largely without incident.

The NWS Weather Forecast Office in Newport began forecasting a coastal storm would reach the county sometime last weekend, and sure enough, high winds and precipitation arrived late Friday and lasted through Saturday into early Sunday. While wind gusts reached up to 60 mph in Carteret County, NWS Meteorologist Robert Frederick at the Newport office said no significant damage was reported.

According to Mr. Frederick, the highest gust was measured at 60 mph at Fort Macon State Park at around 6 p.m. Saturday.

“Beaufort had a gust of 53 mph at 6:22 p.m. on Saturday,” he said. “As far as precipitation in Carteret County, the highest we got was 2.6 inches north of Beaufort. We got 2.4 inches in Pine Knoll Shores and 2.36 inches in Morehead City.”

These total rainfall amounts were measured at 7 a.m. Sunday. Mr. Frederick said there was very little precipitation during the day Sunday, less than 1/10th of an inch.

According to the extended forecast for the Carteret County area on the NWS website, weather.gov, the weather is expected to clear as the week goes on. Monday will have a 50% chance of rain, dropping to a 20% chance Monday night. Tuesday is forecast as partly sunny, with a 20% chance of showers that night.

Wednesday is forecast to be sunny during the day, and mostly clear at night. Thursday is expected to be mostly sunny during the day and cloudy during the night, with Friday’s forecast being mostly sunny.

Contact Mike Shutak at 252-726-7081 ext. 206, email mike@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter at @mikesccnt.

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