Storm Damage from an Eye in the Sky
Posted August 27, 1998
Eastern North Carolina — The skies finally cleared enough in Eastern North Carolina for Sky Five, and the view from the sky echos the initial reports. Bonnie was huge, was slow, but did not cause the damage everyone feared.
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Pasquotank County, located in northeastern North Carolina, is home to historic Elizabeth City. Locals say a tornado did damage to several trees, but that has not been conformed.
Now, Sky Five moved south and east to Roanoke Island, the tourist stop of Manteo. There was still some water in the streets from the Pamlico, Albemarle, and Roanoke Sounds. Plus, a little bit of sand was left to be swept away.
Fly on out to the Outer Banks of Dare County, and there was quite a bit more water than before. Traffic was still moving slowly, and making some waves at the same time. At least one damaged dock will have to be repaired.
South Rodanthe, now known as Waves, has more water and more sand on Highway 12, but not a lot of damage. At the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, some erosion was visible around the base, but it's still standing tall.
Hyde County's remote Ocracoke Island expanded its beach. Somewhere beneath all the sand and water was Highway 12, the main road through the area. It was hard to really tell the road from the beach.
The only way to get to the island was the Ferry Boat, which took relief vehicles from the D.O.T. on in.