High surf continues to cause overwash, flooding in Kitty Hawk

Ocean over-wash was still causing problems during high tide Tuesday morning in Kitty Hawk, Buxton and on Ocracoke Island, as high surf from the Super Sunday storm continued to pound the Outer Banks.

N.C. 12 is closed in portions of Kitty Hawk, because sand, water and debris was covering the road and vehicles were stuck in multiple locations Tuesday morning.

 

 

Sea water was also starting to collect between the beach road and the bypass, especially in the mile post 2 area of Kitty Hawk.

Sea water was also starting to collect between the beach road and the bypass, especially in the mile post 2 area of Kitty Hawk.

The area of North Virginia Dare Trail at the intersection with Kitty Hawk Road, which was washed out twice in 2015, was still open to traffic. But the dune rebuilt at the end of last year has been eaten away again.

Sandbags at the base of the dune that protect the roadbed have also been exposed.

Dunes up and down the beach in Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills have taken a beating from the latest storm. Those beaches are due for a nourishment project, that also includes Duck, that is scheduled to start in mid-April.

The motels area on the north end of Buxton also continues to experience flooding, but N.C. Department of Transportation crews have been able to keep the road open to traffic despite standing ocean water on the pavement.

 

On Ocracoke, N.C. 12 is closed on the north end of the island, after recently rebuilt dunes were flattened over the weekend.

The NCDOT said the stretches of highway closed in both Kitty Hawk and Ocracoke would not reopen until Wednesday at the earliest.

Seas of 6 to 9 feet continued to wash up the beaches, pushed by the powerful coastal storm that was bringing blizzard conditions to New England. Waves are forecast to start subsiding Tuesday night.

 

 

 

source: Sam Walker, Outer Banks Voice

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