Sheriff reports water flowing across N.C. 12 on Hatteras at “high rate of speed”

Rough surf at Avalon Pier in Kill Devil Hills on Nov. 6, 2021. [Kari Pugh photo]

The Dare County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday evening reported ocean overwash covering both sides of N.C. 12 coming into Hatteras village, and flowing across the road in Buxton “at a high rate of speed.”

As of 8:30 p.m., the only main road on Hatteras Island was still passable, the sheriff’s office said. The rushing water was reported near the Cape Hatteras Motel in Buxton.


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Sustained winds of about 35 mph are being felt across the Outer Banks, with coastal flood and high wind warnings overnight.

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