WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR AREA?
Weather: Duck-Clear, 20 degrees
Corolla-Clear 20 degrees
Quiet but cold day on the Outer Banks…
- Winter will return in a big way last night, riding in behind an arctic front with winds that could gust to 60 mph, the National Weather Service says. The stiffest winds were along the coast from the northwest between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m., raising the possibility of some sound-side flooding south of Oregon Inlet. A high wind warning is in effect for Dare County. Temperatures will climb to 47 degrees this afternoon, but that’s it for decent weather until the end of next week.
- The North Carolina Senate has passed a bill that would change the way the motor fuels tax is calculated for the first time in a quarter century because lawmakers say the decline in gas prices will cost the state millions of dollars in lost revenue for road construction. While representatives for the state’s municipalities and business organizations are behind Senate Bill 20, the proposal has drawn opposition from both conservative and progressive-leaning groups.
- The North.Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division will be suspending service on its Currituck-Knotts Island route on Tuesday, February 17, after making the day’s initial trips from both locations. Once the 6:00 a.m. trip from Currituck and the 6:50 a.m. trip from Knotts Island take place, the service will be closed to allow crews to do repair work at both ferry docks. The route is primarily used to transport school children, but with no school that day the impact is expected to be minimal. Regularly-scheduled service will resume Wednesday morning.