RODANTHE, N.C. — NCDOT said its crews are resuming work to clear NC-12 north of Rodanthe before high tide hits again.

In a tweet, officials said "crews are trying to open the road briefly before high tide but there is no guarantee."

The roadway is closed due to a dune breach and high tide overwash on Friday.

At 3:30 p.m. on Friday, officials with NCDOT said they will continue to keep NC 12 from the Oregon Inlet Bridge south to Milo Beach closed due to ocean overwash. 

At 6:35 p.m., NCDOT said, "unfortunately, just as our crew's road-clearing operations were ending, the ocean broke back through, bringing sand and overwash back onto the highway. NC12 remains CLOSED between the Basnight Bridge and Rodanthe. We hope to reopen it sometime tomorrow afternoon."

Officials said the 7 p.m. ferry from Ocracoke-Swan Quarter is full and urged residents not to come to the Hatteras Terminal at 4:30 p.m. unless they have a reservation.

Officials will open the roadway as soon as it's safe to do so.

The National Weather Service in Newport/Morehead said overwash due to high tides are expected to continue in the Outer Banks in the next few hours.

NC-12 is being impacted in multiple locations.

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