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Outer Banks Take a Beating, Lighthouse Weathers Storm

Posted August 26, 1998 7:00 a.m. EDT

— It's getting pounded, but it's standing strong. There will be considerable erosion, but at this point all is well with the most recognizable sign of the Outer Banks, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

Bonnie is pounding the beaches, even pushing through on the sounds. Anything not tied down is getting a ride. But some are still willing to take a casual stroll.

"I'm just taking a little walk right now. I'm a little worried, worried about the house and stuff. I'm just coming out to check and see what kind of damage is getting done right now. It doesn't look so bad, except for that," said Johnny Davis, a Buxton resident.

That is the canopy of a gas station along Highway 12 that Bonnie toyed with. One man was there when Bonnie finished it off.

"I stopped to get some gas, and I was pumping away," said Tom Quarg. "The next thing I know, a state trooper drove by, and he was blowing his siren. I looked up, and I saw this [pump roof] weebling in the wind. I went ahead and got out from it pretty quick. It's a good thing I did. It was a crash. It's a good thing it's got as heavy a metal as it does. Otherwise, it would have taken out some electric lines along the way. It did good when it flipped."

When WRAL's crew was standing under the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Thursday morning, the whipping wind torpedoed sand into the crew. Mark Roberts says it was like being sand blasted.

Roberts said that the wind literally moved the car, as it was on its way to Cape Hatteras from Manteo. Highway 12 was passable, however there were some signs of earlier overwash, and sand filled the street.

A lot of residents in the area say that the soundside flooding doesn't really come until the storm has passed through. They're still waiting to see what it'll do to Manteo. At noon Thursday, the rain was still coming down hard in Manteo, almost like little pin pricks. The brunt of the storm was expected to pass through within a few hours.