Northern Ocracoke Island on Saturday morning.

12:00 P.M. UPDATE: N.C. Highway 12 on northern Ocracoke Island has reopened as of noon on Saturday, Feb 23. There is still sand and saltwater on the road, and travelers are advised to slow down and use caution.

The Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry has also resumed normal ferry operations starting with the 1:00 p.m. departure from Hatteras. 

N.C. Highway 12 is closed on northern Ocracoke Island due to ocean overwash that accompanied Saturday morning’s high tide, per a 7:30 a.m. update from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).

The Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry has also suspended operations until the highway reopens.

Overwash has routinely been reported on the highway between the NPS Pony Pens and the Ocracoke-Hatteras ferry terminal during high tide cycles for the past few weeks.

Once the highway reopens, additional overwash may be possible during subsequent high tides.

The next high tides on Ocracoke Island are approximately 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, Feb 24, and 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, Feb 25.

Northern Ocracoke Island on Saturday morning.

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