Hatteras report from rec.windsurfing

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Hatteras report from rec.windsurfing

From Art at Fox Watersports (note eyewitness accounts & how we can all help at bottom...let's recdotters pull together and help the place we love so much):

As most of you know, Buxton and Hatteras Island, were within the bulls eye of Hurricane Isabel's landfall and there was a significant amount of damage throughout the island. Most of the damage was from flooding due to ocean overwash. There was comparatively little significant wind damage. Here is the latest "preliminary" information on the situation at Hatteras. Most of the information was provided by Linda Browning (Browning's Artworks in Frisco) and Ted James of Fox Watersports.

First, here is the latest bulletin from the Dare County Emergency Management Agency.

Bulletin Number: 14 Date/Time: 9/18/03 11:02:17 PM

Access to Dare County remains limited to utility service and critical need personnel with proper identification only. Dangerous conditions remain throughout the county. There are downed power lines, trees, and debris covering roadways. There is also a limited water supply. The Control Group will meet again early Saturday morning to assess conditions. Crews are working in all areas of the county to restore essential services. As re-entry procedures are implemented, access to severely damaged areas such as South Nags Head and Hatteras Island may be limited. The curfew remains in effect until Saturday, September 20 at 12:00 noon for all areas of Dare County including the Towns of Manteo, Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores and Duck. Please remain indoors. For re-entry information call 1-800-446-6262. There have been several water breaks in Dare County. Officials are asking that all residents stop any use of water except for extreme emergencies until necessary repairs made. The Governor's Hotline for Emergency Information can be reached by calling 1-888-835-9966.

Now for eyewitness accounts from Linda and Ted:

There was no soundside flooding from the hurricane which was a blessing. That means a lot of damage to homes and businesses was averted. But the ocean more than made up for it in the traditional low lying areas.

Hatteras Village: the ocean cut Highway 12 in about 3 places between the Frisco Pier and the turnout just north of Hatteras Village. Hatteras Village is accessible only by boat or helicopter. The Frisco pier is gone. The dunes from the pier south to Hatteras village are gone. Many of the businesses at the north end of Hatteras Village have either been washed away or are sitting in the middle of Hwy. 12. The Seagull Motel, The Durant, Sandbar & Grill, Pelican's Roost, Tastebuds are gone. The Burrus Motor Court has been washed off its foundation as has The Village Marina Motel. The culverts collapsed at the south end of Eagle Pass Road, so the road there has collapsed, too. The boats at the Hatteras marinas made out okay, but the harbor may be damaged.

Frisco is fine from Robin Lane north.

Buxton: most of the village is okay. The ocean overwashed at the north end of town (where the motels are) and flooded down to the Buxton volunteer Fire Department, right across from the shop. Fox Watersports is OK as is Ted's house off of Old Lighthouse road. The motels at north end of town have had some damage. A portion of the road between Buxton and Avon was washed out generally in the area where the new section of the highway was placed after the last hurricane. The road was flooded and covered with sand in places but is passable.

Avon: the dune line seems to have held up, protecting the village from a lot of ocean damage. Most of the houses and businesses seem to have made out OK But we don't know yet about the houses right on the beach. Hwy. 12 is reported to be in reasonably good shape northward to the Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo area.

Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo: the road has collapsed at the Waterfall Park. At one time there was four feet of ocean water overwashing the island at the Island Convenience Store in Rodanthe. Reportedly there was a lot of property damage in the area which traditionally overwashes, but no specifics available yet.

Highway 12 is flooded and covered with sand and debris from Rodanthe to the Oregon Inlet. Reportedly much of the dune line was destroyed.

The island is under curfew. There is no potable water in some places and no power island wide. Phone service is intermittent, as is cell phone service. Hatteras island has been declared a federal disaster area. Crews are out working to restore power, telephone, and emergency medical services.

If you want to do anything to help the islanders, financial donations to the food pantry will be appreciated. (Checks should be made payable to United Methodist Men). The food bank and fund drive sponsored by Browning Artworks every year is also in progress. Donations may be sent to Browning's, P.O. Box 216, Frisco, NC 27936. Donor's names will be entered to win some beautiful prizes from Browning's. prizes.

Here are a couple of links which will provide more information as it becomes available.

http://apps.dot.state.nc.us/tims/ NC DOT Traveler Information Management System

http://www.co.dare.nc.us/index.htm Dare County governmental homepage

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Hey,

Stuart Couch, the property manager of Hatteras Realty has been posting daily updates on their web site since before the storm hit. He currently has some pictures of the damage including one of the new "Isabel Inlet". http://www.hatterasrealty.com/?source=overture

We've got a house rented in Avon starting in Three weeks (Oct 11). I wonder if we'll be able to go and if we do, what it'll be like. We might have to be constantly dodging debris while sailing.

Bill Sad

Bill Herderich

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