Outer Banks residents, businesses prepare for storm

KITTY HAWK, N.C. (WNCT) – Outer Banks residents saw a break in the grey skies Saturday ahead of expected downpours.

The beautiful day on the Outer Banks was a welcomed relief for locals who say they feel like they haven’t seen the sun in weeks.

Still though, they’re getting ready the rain to head back to the beach Sunday.

Wind surfers took advantage of the offshore breezes but most surfers stayed out of the water because of the risk of rip currents.

Full-time residents say they’re preparing for the storm but it’s nothing out of the ordinary.

“We put all of our plants and stuff inside but we break out our kayaks and canoes just in case it does flood because that’s the fun thing,” said 17th Street Surf Shop general manager, Shelly Belangia. “When Bay Drive floods or even in Kitty Hawk, it’s going out and checking out everything in your canoe.”

Some of the locals WNCT spoke with compare the storms like this to what the northern region of the country feels when they get snow since it just comes with the territory.

Businesses in Kitty Hawk say they’re hoping the flooding is minimal so they don’t have a lot of clean-up work to do come Monday.

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