NC 12 closed on Ocracoke due to flooding

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The latest on rainstorm affecting North Carolina (all times local):

8 p.m.

The N.C. Department of Transportation announced that N.C. 12 on Ocracoke Island has been closed due to sound-side flooding.

A statement from NCDOT said the two-lane road was closed Friday night in both directions from the Pony Pen to the Hatteras Ferry terminal. Officials said there was about 2 feet of water on the roadway.

Officials said maintenance crews will be out Saturday morning to assess the condition of the road. There is no timetable for when N.C. 12 will be reopened.

Ferry service between Ocracoke and Hatteras has been halted until N.C. 12 is reopened.

1:30 p.m.

Gov. Pat McCrory says days of steady rain across most of North Carolina will present a threat into next week even though the projected track of Hurricane Joaquin has it moving away from the East Coast.

McCrory says with most of the state expected to receive up to 7 inches of rain by Sunday and some mountain communities getting as much as 10 inches, landslides and flooding are a danger. The flooding threat will continue into next week as rainfall collects in swelling creeks and rivers.

The governor said within 24 hours of Hyde County officials declaring a mandatory evacuation of low-lying Ocracoke Island, the state’s ferry division had removed 485 vehicles and nearly 1,100 people.

10:59 a.m.

Residents who live in the mountains and foothills of western North Carolina are being warned to prepare for flash flooding and possible landslides through the weekend.

The National Weather Service says that heavy rains, especially Friday night and Saturday, could cause landslides that send debris including rocks, mud and trees into valleys. Such landslides are capable of destroying bridges and homes. Residents are asked to monitor the situation and be prepared to evacuate quickly.

Forecasters say between 5 and 10 inches of rain are possible in the mountains before the weekend is over.

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9:25 a.m.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol has identified the person who died in a wreck on Interstate 95 in Cumberland County when a tree fell on a car.

Lt. Jeff Gordon said Friday morning that the passenger who died was 72–year-old Saeideeh Sharifian of Fayetteville.

Gordon said the wreck Thursday afternoon may have been weather related, since the ground had been soaked from several days of rain.

He said two vehicles were traveling south near Godwin around 1:30 p.m. Thursday when a tree fell across the road, hitting both vehicles.

Gordon says the driver of the car Sharifian was in was taken to Cape Fear Regional Medical Center for treatment. There was no immediate word on the driver’s condition.

The driver of the second vehicle was not hurt.

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9:06 a.m.

A flood warning has bene posted until 10:45 a.m. Friday for five counties in the Wilmington area southeastern North Carolina. The National Weather Service says the warning means flooding is happening or is imminent.

Forecasters say radar indicates between 2 and 5 inches of rain fell in the area early Friday and some roads have been closed because of urban flooding. The warning is in effect for New Hanover, Brunswick, Bladen, Columbus and Pender counties.

Forecasters warned that flooding could be a problem on main highways in the region including U.S. 17 and Interstate 40.

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8:22 a.m.

Forecasters are warning of the dangers of rip currents along the entire North Carolina coast.

The National Weather Service says there’s a high threat of rip currents along the coast, especially around the time of low tide which is early Friday evening. Forecasters also say surf will be high – between 5 and 8 feet. Forecasters warn it will be dangerous for anyone to enter the water.

They also say there could be significant erosion and surf washing over the Outer Banks north of Cape Hatteras in the next couple of days as Hurricane Joaquin moves by well at sea.

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7:20 a.m.

The National Weather Service says heavy rains and flooding are a danger in North Carolina this weekend.

Forecasters have issued a flash flood watch for the state at least through Saturday and in some cases until Monday.

The weather service said between 5 and 10 inches of rain is possible in the southeastern part of the state. Between 2 and 4 inches of rain is expected in the central part of the state through Sunday.

Between 2 and 6 inches of rain is expected along the rest of the coast through Saturday night.

From 5 to 10 inches of rain is expected in western North Carolina by Monday morning.

From 1 to 3 inches of rain is expected in the northern mountains by Saturday night.

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