Coastal storm brings dangerous conditions along N.C. Highway 12, prompts closure

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Officials are warning drivers of dangerous travel conditions along N.C. Highway 12 that is prompting the Department of Transportation (DOT) to temporarily close the highway Saturday evening.

Starting at 5 p.m., DOT will close N. C. 12 from the Marc Basnight Bridge (Oregon Inlet) to Rodanthe.

NCDOT officials say the coastal storm has made travel 'hazardous' and 'dangerous' along N.C. 12.



"There is almost no visibility due to wind blown sand accumulating on the highway and it is becoming unsafe for NCDOT maintenance crews working to clear the road," said NCDOT. "Ocean overwash onto N.C. 12 is likely during high tide cycles later today and tomorrow."

Officials believe the weather will likely deteriorate between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Sunday morning, crews will assess the damage along N.C. 12 to see whether the closure can be lifted.

For more information on travel conditions, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.
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