KILL DEVIL HILLS, NC - As Hurricane Sandy makes her way up the East Coast, coastal North Carolina and Virginia residents continue to feel the effects.

Before sunrise Sunday, the wind was getting stronger and the rain was getting heavier on the Outer Banks.

The North Carolina Dept. of Transportation reported on its Website that NC 12 was impassable in both directions south of Oregon Inlet Bridge to Rodanthe. Overwash started around 3:00 a.m. and parts of the highway had to be closed.

NCDOT was working to remove sand and water on NC Highway 12.

Storm force (50+ mph) winds will reduce as the hurricane moves further to the east. However, winds of 30+ mph are projected to extend into Tuesday and produce rough surf and dangerous rip currents. The threat of ocean flooding of 3 to 6 feet will continue to exist due to astronomical tides and storm surge.

Shifting winds are expected to produce soundside flooding of 3 to 5 feet throughout Dare County. Some areas of southern Hatteras Island are already experiencing flooding. Visitors should consult with their accommodations provider before traveling to the area.

NCDOT has suspended ferry service between Hatteras Village and Ocracoke. Operations will return to normal as soon as winds diminish and conditions are safe.

Emergency officials in both states were advising drivers to avoid going out unless they absolutely had to because conditions were expected to worsen as the day goes on.

Convenience stores, breakfast restaurants and gas stations were open for business as usual Sunday morning.

The worst of the storm was expected to be felt later Sunday.

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