The day after Hurricane Dorian left the Outer Banks was a lot like the other times a tropical system came through. There’s not a lot of them, but there are enough that folks on the Outer Banks have learned what to do.
That’s for the northern Outer Banks, Nags Head up to Corolla.
Hatteras Island and and Ocracoke, though, it’s really going to take a while for things to get back to normal. Probably about a week or two, but hopefully faster than that. They really were hammered by the hurricane.
More accurately, perhaps, it was the storm surge. Folks down in Ocracoke have said they don’t ever remember that much water flooding into Silver Lake.
The Day After a Hurricane
But around here, the chain saws were going even as early as Friday evening as the last Dorian left.
Driving along the Beach Road, there was some evidence of ocean overwash, but for all the dire predictions of 6-7’ storm surge, there wasn’t the type of damage that typically comes with a wall of water that powerful.
There was some damage. Avalon Pier in Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head Pier lost the end of their piers…gone…just broken beams were there was once another 20’ or 30’. Quite a number of buildings had siding stripped off by the winds. And at least one hotel in Nags Head seems to have lost its roof.
One of the most dramatic scenes was along the Causeway connecting Nags Head and Manteo. Every power pole along the road was down. About half were simply snapped in half like toothpicks. Others leaned dramatically to the ground. Power crews were out in force all day today putting in new poles and reconnection Manteo to the power grid.
The dense foliage of the maritime forests of the Outer Banks are often where some of themes dramatic evidence of a storm’s passage, and for Hurricane Dorian, it held true.
Large branches and leaves covered many of the roads in Kitty Hawk and Southern Shores. Trees were snapped in half or toppled from their roots.
Pretty impressive stuff, but when all is said and done, by Monday or Tuesday we should see the northern Outer Banks should be back to normal.