Outer Banks

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US Tests 'Unique' Strategy on Homes Near the Ocean

National Park Service buys 2 in Outer Banks and plans to tear them down

(Newser) - Five homes have collapsed into the ocean over the last three years in the Outer Banks community of Rodanthe, North Carolina, notes the Virginian-Pilot . But that didn't prevent the sale of two adjacent—and "endangered"—homes in Rodanthe on the same day last week for more than...

2 Swimmers Die Within 24 Hours Off NC's Outer Banks

Official say conditions are extremely dangerous for all but the strongest swimmers

(Newser) - After the deaths of two tourists in the space of 24 hours, authorities are urging visitors to North Carolina's Outer Banks to avoid swimming at ocean-side beaches. Authorities say a 28-year-old woman from Washington, DC, died Monday after she was "overtaken by strong waves" at Cape Hatteras National...

Teen Killed in Outer Banks When Sand Dune Collapses

Trapped him in a hole that had been dug into the side

(Newser) - A 17-year-old boy visiting North Carolina's Outer Banks from Virginia died when a hole dug into the side of a sand dune collapsed on top of him Saturday. "At approximately 2pm, seashore law enforcement rangers responded to a 911 call regarding a teenager trapped in a hole,"...

Home Collapses Into Ocean on North Carolina's Outer Banks

Other homes collapsed in same area last year

(Newser) - A house collapsed into the ocean Monday on the string of islands just off the coast of North Carolina, according to US National Park Service officials. Officials warned visitors to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore on the state's Outer Banks to watch out for debris from a collapsed one-story...

Another Outer Banks Home Falls Into the Sea

It's the second one in Rodanthe, North Carolina, in a matter of months

(Newser) - Another beach house has fallen into the waves along North Carolina's coast and more are in danger of collapsing, US National Park Service officials said Tuesday. The unoccupied home that collapsed was located along Ocean Drive in the Outer Banks community of Rodanthe, per the AP . The park service...

Cops Arrest Parents of Baby Found Dead in Trash in 1991

Infant boy suffered blunt force trauma, asphyxiation: authorities

(Newser) - North Carolina police say they've arrested the parents of an infant found dead in a trash can rack some 30 years ago. It was April 4, 1991, that the decomposed remains of an infant boy were discovered in Nags Head in North Carolina's Outer Banks. Authorities determined the...

Dad Fights Off Shark Attacking Teen Son

16-year-old Nick Arthur, bitten off Outer Banks, NC, is going to be OK

(Newser) - A family getaway to the Outer Banks of North Carolina took a scary turn this week when a teen boy was attacked by a shark. Nick Arthur, 16, and his family, from Oak Ridge, were visiting Cape Hatteras National Seashore Thursday, and Nick decided to take a dip in the...

3 Castaway Cows Survived Being Swept Away by Hurricane

Survivors found grazing in Outer Banks

(Newser) - Three cows swept away from North Carolina's Cedar Island by Hurricane Dorian in early September were presumed dead, along with dozens of wild horses. But they had actually built new lives as castaways in the Outer Banks, the BBC reports. Authorities believe that after they were swept away by...

In NC, Dorian May Trap Hundreds in Attics

Category 1 hurricane howls in the Outer Banks

(Newser) - A weakened Hurricane Dorian flooded homes on North Carolina's Outer Banks on Friday with a ferocity that took even storm-hardened residents by surprise, forcing people to retreat to their attics. Hundreds were feared trapped by high water, per the AP .
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Beach Lovers in NC Get a Summer Surprise

A new island off Cape Point appeared this year in the Outer Banks

(Newser) - Beach lovers in the Outer Banks of North Carolina got a surprise treat this season when a new island surfaced at the tip of surfing and fishing hotspot Cape Point. According to the Virginian-Pilot , an 11-year-old boy dubbed it "Shelly Island" for the abundance of seashells found in the...

No. 7: Shark Attacks Swimmer Off North Carolina

This is the most for the state in at least 80 years

(Newser) - Beaches along the North Carolina coast are sure to be jam-packed this holiday weekend, which makes this bit of news especially troubling: A shark attacked a 67-year-old man off Okracoke Island in the Outer Banks today, making him the state's seventh victim this season, reports Reuters . In the 80...

Another Swimmer Bitten by Shark off Carolina Coast

Teen's injuries aren't thought to be life-threatening

(Newser) - Officials say a 17-year-old boy is the latest victim of a shark attack off North Carolina's coast, the second attack in as many days and the sixth attack in the past two weeks. Rescue personnel and park rangers responded to the boy, who received what they described as injuries...

Now a Hurricane, Arthur Heads for the Carolinas

Forget those 4th of July barbecues, NC gov says

(Newser) - Arthur strengthened to a hurricane early today, threatening to give North Carolina a glancing blow on Independence Day, prompting the governor to warn vacationers along the coast not to risk their safety by trying to salvage their picnics and barbecues. "Don't put your stupid hat on," warned...

Why Hurricane Irene Is Good for the Outer Banks
Why Hurricane Irene Is
Good for the Outer Banks

Why Hurricane Irene Is Good for the Outer Banks

It carries new sand to the area, which helps prevent it from eroding

(Newser) - It's counterintuitive, but it's true, says a Duke University geology professor. Hurricane Irene "is just what" the Outer Banks need. In a conversation with the Los Angeles Times , Orrin Pilkey acknowledges the many, many downsides of the storm: "We are going to see an awful lot...

Hurricane Earl Downgraded to Category 3

But Outer Banks is still going to get walloped

(Newser) - Hurricane Earl is weakening slightly but it's still packing winds near 125 mph as it blows toward North Carolina's coast. Earl has been downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane, and it's expected to pass the Outer Banks of North Carolina as a powerful storm tonight. New hurricane and tropical storm...

Hurricane Earl: Warning Issued for Massachusetts Coast

Storm's winds swirling at 145mph

(Newser) - Hurricane Earl barreled toward the Eastern Seaboard today as a powerful Category 4 storm with winds swirling at around 145mph. Forecasters were trying to pinpoint how close the strongest winds and heaviest surge would get to North Carolina's fragile chain of barrier islands, as the National Hurricane Center in Miami...

Surfers Barrel to Earl
 Surfers Barrel to Earl 

Surfers Barrel to Earl

Hurricane expected to produce 10-foot waves

(Newser) - People heading away from North Carolina's Outer Banks as Hurricane Earl approaches are passing hardy surfers heading in the other direction. Earl is the biggest hurricane to threaten the East Coast since Hurricane Bob in 1991, and surfers up and down the coast are getting ready to take full advantage...

Hurricane Warning Issued for North Carolina
 Hurricane Warning 
 Issued for NC 

Hurricane Warning Issued for NC

Outer Banks empties out as East Coast readies

(Newser) - A hurricane warning has been issued for the North Carolina coast as powerful Hurricane Earl bears down on the East Coast, while a hurricane watch now extends into Delaware. Visitors have been evacuating Ocracoke Island in ferries and told to leave neighboring Cape Hatteras in North Carolina's Outer Banks, and...

NC Island Evacuated as Earl Blows In

Tourists ordered off Ocracoke

(Newser) - Thousands of tourists have been told to leave North Carolina's Ocracoke Island as Hurricane Earl steams up the coast. The island's 800 residents aren't required to evacuate, but officials say they hope they'll join the exodus from the popular vacation island, the AP reports. More evacuations along the East Coast...

Outer Banks Worries About Hurricane Earl

FEMA warns of possible evacuations along coast

(Newser) - Hurricane Earl threatened to sideswipe much of the East Coast just ahead of Labor Day, worrying countless vacationers who planned to spend the traditional last week of summer at the beach. FEMA warned people along the Eastern Seaboard to prepare for possible evacuations. Forecasters cautioned it was still too early...

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