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Irene's track recalls Isabel in 2003

Posted August 25, 2011

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— With Hurricane Irene tracking towards the Outer Banks, residents of North Carolina's eastern counties may be having flashbacks. 

On Sept. 18, 2003, Hurricane Isabel, a strong Category 2 storm, made landfall between Ocracoke and Cape Lookout riding a wall of water six to eight feet high.

The storm carved a new inlet out of Hatteras Island and knocked out power to 1 million people along the East Coast.

"It looked like a bomb had hit Hatteras Island. It was a total wipe-out of Hatteras Village," said Stephen Hissy. The tackle shop he owned in Hatteras was destroyed, and the village was isolated.

It took two months and $3 million to restore travel along N.C. Highway 12.

"I lost my livelihood," he continued. "Not only was it a cultural shock, it was a sobering experience."

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"They were washed away or damaged so bad they couldn't be repaired," said Bill Harris, who was mayor there at the time.

In Swan Quarter, the courthouse was flooded. It took months to clean up important documents and four years to rebuild.

"We spent $150,000 just getting files cleaned," said then-Hyde County Manager Don Davenport.

 

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  • london12 Aug 26, 2011

    I was thinking more like Floyd, heading up eastern NC dumping all that rain...

  • two2294 Aug 26, 2011

    "They should get only one shot at rebuilding. After that, no insurance should have to pay. I'm tired of subsidizing people that keep loosing their homes or businesses to the same thing."

    So what you are saying is that you personally pay for theses homes on the coast that get hit by hurricanes, geese if you got that kinda of money then how bout helping out the economy with some of that cash...

  • sunneyone Aug 26, 2011

    Why would the State be paying insurance claims?

  • HeadPro Aug 26, 2011

    Surge of 6-9 feet of water with this one... last chk. Hope all are safe and get out of harms way... Good luck and Gods speed to all.

  • HeadPro Aug 26, 2011

    What??? That is one crazy comment. So, in your opinion even if somoneone has paid insurance, if their property is damaged by nature a second time then insurance shouldn't have to pay? So no one should live east of Interstate 95? Or God forbide you live in Raleigh and suffer a tornado and then some other natural occurance later. Wow. That was a really harsh statement. I hope nothing ever happens to your home. My parents house had a tree fall on it in an ice storm and was struck by lightening in a thunderstorm in the same year. I'm not sure how that could have been their fault.
    ncnative24

    What! Are you nuts ncnative? Let's put it this way.... if you can buy private insurance from a third party, you should get re-imbursed for EVERY legitimate claim... HOWEVER... taxpayers should not be forced to underwrite and pay insurance claims that private insurance finds too risky especially where beach homes are concerned. This is an abuse of taxpayer dollars by the rich and should be stopped

  • gabi Aug 26, 2011

    Frankly I am of the opinion that people should NOT BUILD ON SAND BARS. That's what the Outer Banks are. Sand bars that nature put in place and nature will freakin' well take them away any time she wants. They are not meant to be permanent, and permanent structures should be extremely limited if not forbidden altogether.

  • Jakethesnake Aug 26, 2011

    Isabel came within 30-40miles of raleigh and we got 20mph winds and a few sprinkles. Irene is going to be 200miles away. Every hurricane is always talked about as a "huge" storm. when it hits land everything changes. we will get nothing in Raleigh.

  • ncnative24 Aug 26, 2011

    "They should get only one shot at rebuilding. After that, no insurance should have to pay. I'm tired of subsidizing people that keep loosing their homes or businesses to the same thing."

    What??? That is one crazy comment. So, in your opinion even if somoneone has paid insurance, if their property is damaged by nature a second time then insurance shouldn't have to pay? So no one should live east of Interstate 95? Or God forbide you live in Raleigh and suffer a tornado and then some other natural occurance later. Wow. That was a really harsh statement. I hope nothing ever happens to your home. My parents house had a tree fall on it in an ice storm and was struck by lightening in a thunderstorm in the same year. I'm not sure how that could have been their fault.

  • EverythingTicksMeOff Aug 26, 2011

    Errr, y'all. What makes you think the "files" being referred to were computer files?

  • EverythingTicksMeOff Aug 26, 2011

    With all due respect, this doesn't recall Isabel in the least. Who came up with that silly notion? Isabel was headed northwest, struck the coast headed straight inland and continued on. Irene is headed northeast, will graze the coastline and move on. These are two very different storms with very little in common.

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