NCDOT crews clearing sand form the Beach Road in Kitty Hawk. 

Now the cleanup begins.

Hermine may have not be have achieved hurricane status when she rolled through the Outer Banks, but she sure left a mess in her wake. Not much in the way of property damage, but there’s a lot of cleanup to do.

Southern Shores, with its heavily wooded hills and tree-lined streets really took a beating. East Dogwood, which is as close to a main street through the town as there is, was impassable on Saturday as the crews struggled to cleanup fallen trees and tree limbs.

In Kitty Hawk, the Beach Road north of Black Pelican was closed again today as ocean overwash made the road unsafe. The sand dunes NCDOT built when they reconstructed the road last fall were able to stand up to one tropical storm strength high tide, but second go around this morning was too much and the dunes are just flattened, indistinct mounds of sand now. 

The good new—such as there is and what there is of it—is that it appears as though NCDOT’s strategy to build the roadbed on sandbags is holding and the damage to the road seems negligible.

There were a number of power outages—nothing major, however—although anyone who did lose power probably feels differently about that.

The week ahead is looking pretty good, if anyone needs an excuse to come to the Outer Banks, this is a great time to visit.