Mixed bag of effects so far from Maria in ENC
NEW BERN, Craven County - Depending on what parts of the coastal areas of Eastern North Carolina you were in, conditions from Tropical Storm Maria ranged from some flooding to nothing more than wind and waves.
Thousands of visitors abandoned their beach vacations and evacuated the Outer Banks on Tuesday as a weakening Maria churned up high surf that pushed through dunes and under homes. More than 10,000 visitors were told to leave the North Carolina barrier islands of Hatteras and Ocracoke, but the evacuation orders didn't apply to local residents, who are now resigning themselves to economic losses as well as more flood damage after a double pounding by last year's tropical weather.
Sarah Midgett lost her car during Hermine and her home was severely damaged by Matthew's floods. After the dunes got hit by Jose this month, Maria pushed through the weakened natural barrier on Tuesday, washing over parts of Hatteras. "It's insane how much the beach has eroded," said Midgett, who moved many of her belongings off her floor, just in case.
There were several areas in Carteret County where the water began to rise and the waves were pretty rough. Flooding was evident in other places like the Neuse River in New Bern and the Pamlico River in areas such as Pamlico County and Washington. In areas around the Albemarle Sound, like Columbia and Edenton, conditions were not as bad but could change as the storm passes our state. Scientists say Maria will is predicted to erode more than half the dunes along North Carolina's 300-mile (485-kilometer) coast. Beaches in Maryland and Virginia could fare even worse, with two-thirds seeing erosion and the ocean washing over the dunes on one-third of them, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
We'll keep you monitored with storm condition updates and the latest on Maria and Lee. Below are reports from our reporters, cameramen and viewer-submitted videos we've received during the day.
Emerald Isle conditions Tuesday night (Greg Payne reporting)
North Topsail Beach conditions Tuesday evening (Merrilee Moore reporting
Tyrrell County conditions Tuesday evening (Stephanie Brown reporting)
Ocracoke Island conditions Tuesday evening (Brian North reporting)
Outer Banks conditions (WLOS reporting)
Atlantic Beach conditions Tuesday morning (Nate Belt reporting)
360 Video from Down East in Carteret County (Allen Fairbanks reporting)
360 Video from Atlantic Beach (Allen Fairbanks reporting)
Viewer video from North River Bridge in Carteret Co. (Raquel Thomas video)
Viewer video from the Neuse River (Cindy Clemenic video)