Ocracoke is used to inconveniences due to bad weather.
The National Weather Service had forecast a coastal storm starting late Thursday and stalling off the Mid-Atlantic coast over the weekend. Gale-force wind speeds all day Friday and into Saturday forced suspension of both island ferry routes, which delayed printing of the March issue of the Ocracoke Observer.
“Although it seems like the stormy conditions are winding down, there is still the threat of coastal flooding, and very high waves on the Outer Banks through the rest of the weekend, ” Shane Kearns of the National Weather Service in Morehead City, reported Saturday night. “We still have a coastal flood warning for Outer Banks Dare county for significant beach erosion, and ocean over wash during the next few high tides.”
Minor sound side flooding is expected to occur over night and Sunday morning as winds shift a bit more to the north and push water into down east Carteret County, Ocracoke and parts of southern Hatteras Island, Kearns said.
The Hatteras ferry resumed runs Saturday afternoon, and the sound side ferries were still suspended Saturday night, but the Observer expects March issues on the island Monday evening.