Relentless March Storm Pounds the Outer Banks (Photo Gallery)
The people that live on the Outer Banks are not strangers to extreme weather. In fact, they are in some regards immune to it. Getting a large Nor’Easter in March is almost expected as we typically see very large systems/swells on probably one of the coldest months out of the entire year. The perfect example would be the famous Ash Wednesday storm in 1962.
This latest storm is now going on day 6 with (12) high tide periods. The waves have reached over 23 feet during the peak of the swell and have lingered around due to the low pressure system stalling out in the Atlantic. That is the perfect recipe for destruction on the Outer Banks. Highway 12 has been compromised in several sections with heavy sand burying the road to Hatteras. Mirlo Beach just North of Rodanthe was just repaired from super storm Sandy and wasn’t quite ready for another mega storm. Kitty Hawk got their usual coastal flooding as the dunes continue to slip away into the ocean. Ocracoke was reporting some road problems and Buxton definitely took on lots of water and structural damage. Much of the roadways were impassable at high tides due to ocean over wash and even the fairy systems shut down operation during parts of the storm.
The photos below were taken from a handful of talented local photographers who have been documenting this storm from day 1. Their photographs have been extremely helpful to others who need to know about road conditions, property damage and tidal/sound side flooding.
Just another day in paradise.
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