- Associated Press - Saturday, September 26, 2015

OCRACOKE, N.C. (AP) - Heavy rains on the Outer Banks have closed North Carolina Route 12 and forced the suspension of ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke islands.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation said Saturday the highway, the main route along the Outer Banks, is closed between the Pony Pen and the Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry Terminal. In some places there is a foot of water on the road.

Officials said the highway is expected to reopen on Saturday night.

The National Weather Service in Morehead City has posted flood warnings and advisories for wide areas of eastern North Carolina.

The Transportation Department says other ferry routes are also being affected and is asking motorists to consult the ferry routes website to check on schedules.



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On the Internet:

North Carolina Ferry Routes: https://www.ncdot.gov/travel/ferryroutes/

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