High winds halt traffic, ferry service on NC coast

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A low pressure system that's dumping snow along the mid-Atlantic coast is creating problems on North Carolina's Outer Banks.

A statement Wednesday from the N.C. Department of Transportation says high winds led to sound side flooding along N.C. 12, and have brought the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry run to a halt.

Officials said N.C. 12 has high water from Rodanthe to the southern end of Dare County, and is open only to high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicles. The Dare County Sheriff's Office has set up a checkpoint in the parking lot of the Pea Island National Wildlife Center just south of the temporary bridge.

The road could become completely impassable at high tide, and isn't expected to re-open until the storm moves further from the area. Ferry service will resume when conditions permit.

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