Impending nor’easter threatens NC 12 repairs


In this Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 file photo, a damaged home tilts to one side along the beach in the Belle Harbor section of the borough of Queens, New York, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. (AP photo)

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The threat of another nor’easter along the North Carolina coast may provide one more setback in efforts to complete repairs on N.C. Highway 12.

Forecasts from the National Weather Service warn of the possibility of coastal flooding in Dare County into next week. The weather service office in Newport says the advisory is in effect until 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Forecasters say winds, dune erosion and high tide will create overwash on N.C. 12 north of Cape Hatteras. The weather service says water is expected on the road a few hours before and after high tides.

The highway was badly damaged by Superstorm Sandy and has been closed at times since then.

An N.C. Department of Transportation engineer says attempts to repair the road at Mirlo Beach present the biggest challenge.

Credit: The Associated Press.

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