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Friday, September 16, 2011

Hurricane Irene ranks as the worst hurricane Outer Banks locals can remember - 16th Sept 2011

If you've ever caught a good wave along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, a piece of your heart should be broken right now.

On Saturday, August 27th, while the once-revered Weather Channel celebrity Jim Cantore paraded around NYC in a toddler's T-shirt, the people who call Hatteras home -- particularly those living in the tri-village area of Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo -- took what they'd all feared and miraculously dodged for the last sixty-plus years right on the head. Or more astutely, under the feet, a hurricane thrashing the Outer Banks' most vulnerable fingernail via the Albemarle Sound.

The eight-foot storm surge and subsequent destruction is the worst hometown travesty many locals have ever seen: Houses, trailers, automobiles and landfill-size piles of debris puked all over the island, despite the fact that Irene only carried Cat.1 juice. Buildings set ablaze by generator mishaps. Refrigerators taped shut to keep their rancid contents out of the mosquito-saturated air. Mildew and mold spores causing a myriad of health problems. Financial infrastructure gone right along with the last of the summertime tourist dollars. At least three breaches, including veritable inlets at the two go-to spots for surfers along the Pea Island National Wildlife Preserve: Ranger Station and S-Turns. Access on and off crippled. Families separated. Livelihoods destroyed. Read More