Cape Hatteras National Seashore warns visitors to stay away from a 2-mile beach in Rodanthe until Friday as Hurricane Fiona passes offshore, which could cause more beachfront cottages to collapse in the waves.
Coastal flood advisories are in effect for Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands from midnight Thursday to 2 a.m. Saturday and high wave advisories are in place for all of the Outer Banks through early Saturday. The National Weather Service says wave heights of 8 to 12 feet are expected, with the potential for flooding from ocean overtopping and beach erosion. Thursday afternoon Fiona was a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 130 mph.
In Rodanthe, where three vacation homes collapsed into the ocean between February and May, several other beachfront homes along the same stretch, from the northern end of Rodanthe to South Shore Drive, are vulnerable to the same fate. , the National Park Service said in a news release.
Additionally, wires, pipes and septic tanks surrounding homes can be partially or completely exposed when the ocean washes over the beach, the park service said.
In the Outer Banks, minor flooding is expected around high tides for the next two days, Dare County Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson said.
Swimmers are advised to stay out of the ocean due to potentially deadly rip currents, high waves and dangerous shorelines, he said.
Kari Pugh, [email protected]