UPDATE: DOT believes Highway 12 will reopen Tuesday

DARE COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – Portions of Highway 12 on the Outer Banks will remain closed into Tuesday afternoon.

The Department of Transportation says Highway 12 from the Marc Basnight Bridge to Rodanthe is shut down due to the impacts of a storm system along the coast.

The DOT says they are confident the road can reopen later on Tuesday, but officials say the timing will depend on the 11 a.m. high tide effects.

Ocean water destroyed the dunes during high tide Sunday morning and sent water rushing over the highway, forcing the roads to close to traffic.

The DOT said crews continued on Monday to push sand off the highway where it is safe to work. But the DOT says the overwash continued in some areas.

Drivers are asked to avoid travel on Highway 12 as it is extremely dangerous to travel through flooded roads. The DOT is also reminding drivers to not go around or remove barricades because it is against the law.

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