Highway 12 connects the Outer Banks, North Carolina's chain of barrier islands and highly popular tourist destination, to the rest of the state. The highway provides the primary access to and from the islands. However, because the barrier islands themselves are unstable, and due to Highway 12's proximity to the coast, large portions of it were ruined in the hurricane (see this link for cool before and after photos, scroll down to the bottom). This NYTimes article focuses on Hatteras Island, one of the most popular destinations and one that has no access other than Highway 12.
|Image courtesy of coastalcare.org. Damage to Highway 12 following Hurricane Irene|