Outer Banks' Hatteras Island cut off from mainland

      CREDIT: AP/Virginian-Pilot

      Norfolk's Virginian-Pilot reports that highway N.C. 12 north of Rodanthe once again has fallen victim to a{}major storm -- in this case, Hurricane Sandy -- and left Hatteras residents stranded.

      Here are some of the details (and a{}link to the story), per the Pilot:

      "The highway was Hurricane Sandy's casualty just as it was Irene's in 2011. Though Sandy spared much of the Outer Banks the costly wind and flood damage of previous storms, it cleaved Hatteras islanders' only roadway to the mainland.

      "Emergency ferries from Rodanthe to Stumpy Point were to begin regular runs today.

      "In the northern beach towns of Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills, the storm surge split portions of N.C. 12, known as the "beach road," and blocked U.S. 158, the bypass that is the entrance to the northern Outer Banks from mainland Currituck County. Pumps worked Tuesday to slurp up water that covered U.S. 158. Road crews will direct traffic to alternative routes until the roadway is clear, the North Carolina Department of Transportation said. NCDOT does not yet have a timeline for when N.C. 12 south of Oregon Inlet to Rodanthe will reopen."{}