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Flood gauge at Duck reached major flood stage, one of top 15 highets crests ever there

NC 12 has reopened after a closure caused by ocean overwash.
(Photo: NC DOT)
NC 12 has reopened after a closure caused by ocean overwash.

While North Carolina and Virginia were braced for a multi-day coastal flooding event, and officials in areas from Long Island to the Outer Banks were concerned about extreme tidal flooding, forecasters’ worst fears did not come to pass and the waters are starting to recede.

Still, flooding in the Outer Banks was significant.

Meteorologist Shane Kearns with the National Weather Service in Newport/Morehead City said flooding did prompt the closure of N.C. 12 several times because of ocean overwash and Hurricane Ian was likely a factor.

He said that the flood gauge at Duck did reach major flood stage and it was one of the top 15 highest crests ever there.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to eastern North Carolina in 2019 to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of kiddo cuddling, reading, and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.