In addition to a High Surf Advisory for large breaking waves of 7-12 feet in the surf zone, and a Beach Hazards Statement for dangerous rip currents, the Outer Banks is now under a Coastal Flood Watch beginning on Thursday, September 14, due to distant Hurricane Lee.

2 to 3 feet of inundation above ground level is possible in low-lying areas near shorelines and tidal waterways, especially around high tide. The Coastal Flood Watch is in effect through Saturday morning.

Avon Pier on Wednesday morning.

Oceanside flooding could lead to travel impacts along vulnerable sections of N.C. Highway 12, particularly during high tide. Oceanfront locations where there is no protective dune – like the northern end of Rodanthe and parts of Buxton on Hatteras Island – could become inundated with ocean water.

Residents and visitors in vulnerable areas should take action to protect property and relocate before structures become impacted by ocean water. At this time, soundside impacts are not anticipated.

Ocean conditions will continue to worsen on Wednesday and into the weekend, keeping the ocean unsafe for swimming into the weekend. A high risk of rip currents is expected to remain in place for the rest of the week.

The public should check surf and swimming conditions before heading to the beach, and the daily beach forecast at includes rip current risk levels, and information about other hazards along the shoreline. In addition, the public can visit Dare County’s Love The Beach, Respect The Ocean website for current rip current risks and additional info.

Visitors are also encouraged to sign up for text alerts from Dare County, ocean rescue agencies, and the National Weather Service by texting “OBXBeachConditions” to 77295.

Visit the National Weather Service’s local website at for continued updates on Hurricane Lee.

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