Forming storm knocks out some Outer Banks phone service

Posted December 8, 2014

— A wash of waves knocked out some phone service in Buxton on Monday morning. High tide in the 8 o'clock hour reached 3.9 feet at Cape Hatteras, according to the National Weather Service.

Water on the road closed part of N.C. Highway 12.

"Low pressure is helping to drive that tide," said WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson.

High tide washed surf over the road outside Lee Robinson General Store in Hatteras Village, but by low tide in the afternoon the road had cleared, an employee there said.

The evening's high tide is estimated to peak just before 9 p.m., but the forecast is for a peak about a foot less than the morning, Johnson said.

The offshore weather system that formed over the weekend was moving slowly to the north and was expected to bring heavy rains and high winds this week to a wide swath of the East Coast and at least a half-foot of snow to some inland areas of Pennsylvania, New York and states farther north.

Flood watches are in effect in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Some coastal areas are also under high wind watches, with 60 mph gusts possible.

Snowfall is expected to be minimal along the Interstate 95 corridor from Philadelphia to Boston, but winter weather advisories have been issued for parts of Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.


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