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Outer Banks recovering from nor'easter

Posted September 26, 2008 11:34 p.m. EDT
Updated September 27, 2008 12:07 a.m. EDT

— Outer Banks residents are still dealing with the aftermath of a nor'easter that pummeled the North Carolina coast this week.

The storm's eye made landfall early Friday at Wrightsville Beach, eroding beaches along the coast.

“You get use to it. It's kind of give and take. You live in the city and have all the stuff you need, but it's not as beautiful as it is down here,” Rodanthe resident Eric Nelson said.

An on-going trouble spot is N.C. Highway 12, near Rodanthe. Drivers are still having to take it slow because of standing water along that section of the roadway. It is the only North/South route along the Outer Banks.

“My car was stuck up there pretty much all day until 11 p.m., which was low tide,” Rodanthe resident Erik Stone said.

Huge storm swells pushed a significant amount of water and sand across the road when the nor'easter hit this week..

Department of Transportation crews will continue to monitor Highway 12 as long as the Atlantic Ocean is active.

Forecasters said the storm will move up the mid-Atlantic coast over the next day or two, with strong winds in some areas as well as coastal flooding, high surf and rip currents.

Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on newly formed Tropical Storm Kyle, which was about 555 miles south-southwest of Bermuda.

Dare County emergency officials said they are keeping a close eye on Kyle for fear the storm could push more water over Highway 12.