BUXTON, N.C. (WNCT) – The Outer Banks is still feeling the effects of a coastal storm and some roads remain impassable. Areas of Hatteras Island are under water.
Hatteras Island is taking on water as the storm passes through the area, but residents say it comes with the territory.
Areas in Buxton have more than a foot of water and there’s no dune left to protect the homes from the raging ocean. Residents there say they’re worried about how their homes will hold up and what the weather will mean for business.
“We thrive on the fall business and on tourists coming down here for fishing tournaments,” said Ryan Bendula, Burton resident. “There are a lot of those in the months of September, October, and November, especially in Buxton, so that would completely wipe out anyone that has a business. Most of the businesses, if not all, are family owned and that’s their main source of income so it could be really bad.”
In Hatteras Village, portions of Highway 12 are underwater. The residents there say it comes with the tide and they expect to be back to normal after the storm passes.