Wind and flooding advisories have been issued for Eastern Carolina, as wind gusts of up to 50 m.p.h. sweep through.
A wind advisory will remain in effect until 9 a.m. Thursday for the following: Carteret, Mainland and Outer Banks Dare, Mainland and Outer Banks Hyde, and Tyrrell Counties. Winds in those areas are expected to be 20 to 30 m.p.h., with gusts of up to 50 m.p.h.
Because of the weather, Tyrrell County Schools will be on a two-hour delay on Thursday.
The strong winds knocked down a large billboard on top of cars in Morehead City Wednesday afternoon. It happened outside of the Cox Family Restaurant, on Arendell Street. Two vehicles were damaged and a power line fell.
A coastal flood advisory has also been issued for the Outer Banks, and will remain in effect until 7 p.m. Friday.
The high winds are expected to cause elevated water levels (2-3 feet) for areas adjacent to the eastern and southern Pamlico Sound. Rough surf and ocean overwash are expected to develop north of Cape Hatteras Wednesday night and into the weekend.
High water levels caused Highway 12, from Rodanthe to southern Dare County, to be closed. The stretch of road is not expected to reopen until mid-morning on Thursday.