Watch out for standing water along N.C. 12 between Whalebone and Hatteras

If traveling to and from Hatteras Island tonight and into the weekend are urged to slow down and pay close attention because heavy rainfall has left some standing water on N.C. 12 south of the Marc Basnight Bridge.

The N.C. Department of Transportation says standing water is heaviest on N.C. 12 between Whalebone and Rodanthe, and scattered pockets all the way to the Hatteras ferry docks, thanks to the persistent showers and thunderstorms over the last several days.

People should never drive through flooded roads. A foot of water can cause vehicles to float and two feet of rushing water can carry away vehicles.

Motorists should drive at least 5-to-10 mph slower than the speed limit on wet pavement. Other tips for driving on wet roads include:

Stay alert and be ready for sudden stops. Allow at least twice the normal following distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
Signal for turns and brake earlier than usual as you near a turn or stop.
Be patient and do not pass lines of traffic.
Turn on your low-beam headlights and use your defroster to increase visibility.

NCDOT also urges people to pay attention to the latest information posted on its digital message boards along N.C. 12.

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