Monday, March 18, 2013

Hatteras and Ocracoke Travel

I have heard tourists griping about the road being closed to Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. 
There is a good reason for it.

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First S turn, north bound
The ocean is breaching the sand barrier and starting to over wash road at low tide.
On the other side of the road is the sound.
Water was right up against the road on both low tide.
During high tide, vehicles could be washed away.
The National Park Service, whom I am assuming was in control of the road, was working with people by opening it during low tide.

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Waves were breaking on the sand bags.

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Ocean and sound over washing road at low tide.

I apologize for not having better pictures depicting the proximity of the sound to the other side of the road, but we did not want to hold up the line. As you can see, there is a very good reason there is limited access.

There is one place where the road was completely washed away during Hurricane Irene. There is a temporary bridge spanning the gap. Areas of road near this bridge were completely covered with sound water during low tide.

3/19/2013 UPDATE: Governor declares state of emergency for N.C. 12