High winds cause flooding on NC roads including N.C. 12, tornado strikes Gates County

High winds caused soundside flooding on N.C. 12 on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. Photo courtesy of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Roads throughout northeastern North Carolina have flooded, causing school closings and driving hazard warnings.

Water has covered long stretches of N.C. 12 between Nags Head and Rodanthe, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Travel on N.C. 12 on Hatteras Island is not recommended.

Southwest winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph are expected throughout the day, according to the National Weather Service. The strongest gust of the day so far measured 62 mph in Frisco.

An EF-0 tornado with maximum winds of 85 mph touched down in Gates County near the community of Eure, according to the National Weather Service. The tornado traveled 3 miles and blew down trees in a path 75 yards wide. One tree fell on a house. A roof blew off another home and several chicken houses were damaged. No one was injured.

North Carolina ferries are not running until the wind subsides, according to the state Ferry Division.

Dare County Schools released early. Schools in Pasquotank, Perquimans, Gates, Bertie and Hertford closed as water flooded several roads in those counties.

Jeff Hampton, 252-491-5272, jeff.hampton@pilotonline.com

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