Here's the latest from the N.C. Department of Transportation as of 10 a.m.:
As Hurricane Irene continues its assault on North Carolina's coast, the massive storm is creating dangerous conditions on roads and bridges across the eastern part of the state. The N.C. Department of Transportation urges residents and visitors not to drive during or immediately after the storm passes because of these hazardous situations.
At this time, NCDOT is reporting the following road closures:
All lanes of N.C. 24 near Josh Sessions Road are closed. Power lines are down along this highway, and heavy rains and wind are causing flooding.
All lanes of U.S. 117 south of Wallace are closed. The area is experiencing numerous downed power lines, which will not be repaired until after the storms passes and conditions are safe.
The county is experiencing widespread storm-related impacts. The following roads are impassable, because downed trees are blocking the roadway:
N.C. 903 (Magnolia-Lisbon Road) East near Delway;
Moseley Avenue West just north of Delway near U.S. 421;
Minnie Hall Road West near Autryville;
Charles Newland Road North just west of Spiveys Corner;
Old Warsaw Road East just north of Turkey;
Rowan Road East just east of Clinton; and
Garland Highway South near Garland.
N.C. 24 (Fayetteville Highway) West just west of Roseboro is closed due to flooding. Plainview Highway North near Spivey's Corner is experiencing congestion due to a traffic signal outage.
U.S. 64 West is closed near Washington because trees are blocking the road heading to Pitt County.
Both directions of Tarheel Road near Tarheel are closed due from Chickenfoot Road to N.C. 87 because of multiple power lines in the roadway.
U.S. 70 is closed in both directions north of Beaufort at East Carteret High School due to debris and downed trees in the roadway.
N.C. 410 (Joe Brown Highway South) in Chadbourn is closed in both directions at Smith Street due to multiple trees and downed power lines blocking the roadway.
N.C. 12 south of the Oregon Inlet Bridge is closed because of standing water on the highway.
U.S. 301 in both directions south of N.C. 561 near Halifax is closed due to a transformer and downed power pole in the roadway.
U.S. 264 is closed in both directions between Bailey and Middlesex due to downed trees making the highway impassable.
Scotts Hill Loop Road near Topsail Beach is closed in both directions from U.S. 17 to the 4100 block due to downed trees in the roadway.
All lanes of U.S. 64 east of Columbia are closed due to storm debris in the roadway.
Motorists are strongly urged to avoid travel to the coast for the next several days while hurricane activity and cleanup are taking place. Visitors and residents should only return to heavily storm affected areas once emergency and law enforcement officials have deemed them safe for travel. If travel cannot be avoided, motorists should exercise extreme caution while driving on coastal roadways. Drivers who encounter flooded roadways or routes affected by debris or downed power lines should turn around immediately and seek alternate routes.