Photo Gallery: “February Storm – Part 1”

This time of year always seems to bring some of the most damaging storms to the Outer Banks. You can almost count on a strong Nor’Easter every Feb/March. This year is right on par for the course as mid February served up a quick and potent blast of cold wind. A solid 30-45mph wind blanketed most of the Outer Banks with gusts recorded in the upper 60+ mph range. The surf built into the 12+ foot range with over 12 seconds and unloaded all up and down the beaches. Unfortunately, the piers were in the cross hairs as well as the North side of Buxton which never seems to get a brake. Below is a collection of images that poured across the internet – documenting an event that will not be forgotten anytime soon. Photo credits go to: Daniel Pullen, Brett Barley, Bob Hovey, Rick Anderson and Mickey McCarthy.

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This photo really sets the mood: cold, windy, chaotic. Brett Barley: “Driving through Pea Island today was probably the sketchiest I’ve experienced it, with inches of sand hiding the road, and so much blowing off the dunes that my windshield wipers didn’t stand a chance.” – Photo: Casey Barley (Brett’s wife)


One thing is for certain… you can always count on plenty of wind on the Outer Banks. When it blows, sea foam is abundant. Avalon pier in Kill Devil Hills. Photo: Rick Anderson (

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You know it’s big when you can see the waves breaking over rooftops in Kitty Hawk. Photo taken February 11, 2015. Photo: Bob Hovey

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Rodanthe Pier took the worst beating. Here’s a photo taken by Rick Anderson during the onslaught of wind and waves before the pier collapsed into the ocean.

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The ocean’s energy is no match for Rodanthe Pier. Photo: Rick Anderson

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Rodanthe Pier, the day after. Photo Mickey McCarthy

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You can always count on some amazing photographs by Daniel Pullen from Buxton. This image unfortunately has been seen all too often.


It’s safe to say that Buxton is in dire need of some help. Photo: Daniel Pullen


Buxton, NC. Photo: Daniel Pullen


Buxton, NC. Photo: Daniel Pullen


The ocean will always find a way as Buxton was no match from this latest storm. Photo: Daniel Pullen


High tides and Nor’Easters can cause more damage that some hurricanes. Buxton, NC. Photo: Daniel Pullen


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