The Coast Guard is warning mariners that 70 cargo containers fell off of a cargo ship Saturday night, about 17 miles off Oregon Inlet, North Carolina.
The cargo ship Maersk Shanghai told the Coast Guard by radio that they lost approximately 70 to 73 cargo containers due to high winds and heavy seas, according to a Coast Guard release.
The Coast Guard urges all mariners to travel the area with caution.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation has closed N.C. 12 on Hatteras Island from Bonner Bridge south. The ocean has washed over the highway at several locations, according to the agency.
Officials with the Cape Hatteras National Seashore are cautioning against driving or walking on the beaches. Hazardous debris, including the containers, could wash ashore or be uncovered.
Visitors can report sightings of the containers or other dangerous materials at 252-473-3444.