Flooding, gusty winds, rip currents expected along Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Published 9:17 pm Sunday, October 2, 2022

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Cape Hatteras National Seashore has issued a news release stating it expects to experience major to moderate oceanside flooding, ocean overwash on some beaches and roads, soundside flooding, gusty winds and dangerous rip currents beginning Monday, October 3 and continuing into Wednesday, October 5, 2022.

A coastal flood warning issued by the National Weather Service has forecast 2 to 4 feet of oceanside inundation and 2 to 3 feet of soundside inundation for some areas. Ocean overwash is expected around high tides Monday through Wednesday.

For additional weather-related information, CHNS advises visiting the National Weather Service’s Newport/Morehead City website at weather.gov/mhx.

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Large breaking waves of 8 to 12 feet are expected in the surf zone from Monday morning through Wednesday. Visitors are advised to remain out of the water due to dangerous surf conditions. Sign up for beach-related weather and ocean condition alerts by texting OBXBeachConditions to 77295. Learn how to stay safe at the beach at lovethebeachrespecttheocean.com.

Rodanthe Beach

CHNS also advises that visitors should avoid the two-mile stretch of beach between the north end of Rodanthe and South Shore Drive due to the presence of several vulnerable houses that may be damaged by rough surf and strong winds. The area should be completely avoided through Wednesday.

Road, Ferry and Beach Travel

Travel on portions of NC 12, especially near the north ends of Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, may be difficult around high tides Monday through Wednesday. Monitor road conditions at drivenc.gov.

Ferry services to and from Ocracoke Island may be suspended. Call 252-996-6000 or 6001 for current information.

Many off-road vehicle routes may become impassable, especially east-facing beach routes. Visit go.nps.gov/beachaccess for beach access updates.


Campgrounds are open, but camping conditions are not expected to be favorable over the next few days. CHNS stated that visitors with reservations have been notified of the inclement weather.

Operational Changes

If closures of facilities or suspensions of services become necessary, they will be announced via CHNS’s social media accounts and text alert system. To sign up for text alerts, text NPSOBX to 333111.