NPS Offers Weekend Travel Tips

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NPS Offers Weekend Travel Tips
Cape Hatteras National Seashore offers trip planning tips ahead of potential coastal storm.

The Outer Banks of North Carolina are expected to receive impacts from a coastal storm starting this evening through Monday.

Additional information and tips:

  • The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting moderate to significant coastal flooding and strong winds along the Outer Banks.

    • Sound side flooding most likely Friday evening into early Saturday and oceanside flooding most likely Saturday through Monday.

    • Strong wind gusts, prolonged periods of dangerous seas, and significant beach erosion, are all possible.

    • NWS Website:

  • NC Highway 12 on Hatteras Island will likely become flooded and impassable around times of high tide due to ocean overwash and erosion.

  • National Park Service facilities and services, including off-road vehicle (ORV) routes, at Cape Hatteras National Seashore are not expected to close during the potential storm.

    • Beachgoers should use extreme caution during both high and low tide conditions.

    • Potentially dangerous ocean debris may wash ashore and buried items may be exposed during this weather event.

  • For current weather-related information, listen to NOAA weather radio, local radio, and media for updates and advisories.

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