(Left) Damage to Highway 12 along the Outer Banks.
(Middle) Flooded roadways in Avalon Beach, NC
(Bottom) Water overruns a temporary bridge on Highway 12. NC DOT Photos
Damage assessments teams began working in eastern North Carolina Tuesday as weather conditions improve after the tropical system associated with Hurricane Sandy churned along the coast this week. Portions of western North Carolina continue to experience winter weather conditions associated with the storm system, which was declared a post-tropical cyclone early Tuesday morning.
Hurricane Sandy’s impacts were being felt throughout eastern and western North Carolina. The hurricane has forced state and local officials to:
- Issue State of Emergency declarations in 40 counties East of I-95 and 24 counties in western North Carolina.
- Close N.C. 12 from Rodanthe to Oregon Inlet Bridge.
- Divert traffic on Highway 158 in Kitty Hawk due to flooding.
- Close the Bonner Bridge (Oregon Inlet).
- Alter ferry service schedules. Ferries for emergency services will operate from Stumpy Point until Highway 12 re-opens. The Bayview-Aurora and Currituck-Knotts Island routes resumed a normal schedule Tuesday and the Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach routes also remain on normal schedule. Assessments along other routes will continue and routes will resume once they are determined to be safe.
- Send chainsaw crews to Dare County.
Initial reports indicate that there are two storm related deaths in NC, include one death in Surry County. The N.C. Highway Patrol reports a male
driver ran into a downed tree at approximately 7:15 p.m. Monday and was declared dead on the scene. No other injuries due to the storm have been reported.
As of 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, more than 4,200 customers are without power with a large number of those in the western part of the state.
Three 6-person swift water and flood rescue teams out of Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh have been deployed and are on location in Maryland to respond to needs in those areas.
State emergency management officials will be working with local officials to respond to request for debris removal from roadways after the storm has passed.