OUTER BANKS, N.C. (WAVY) - WAVY.com's Jason Marks traveled to the Outer Banks to see how residents and vacationers are prepping for Tropical Storm Andrea.
For the locals, it's business as usual. People there have seen their share of storms and this one isn't scaring them at all.
Florida resident Taylor Nelson who is vacationing in the Outer Banks said that he can't get away from the storm.
"We're getting hit hard down there now and we're about to get hit hard up here now," said Nelson. "In Florida we're used to storms."
Residents told WAVY.com that conditions throughout the day did get worse. The surf started to pick up near Hatteras Island Thursday night as the area felt the first effects of Andrea.
Dare county officials said they are only expecting minimal effects from the storm – a lot of rain and maybe some standing water. Officials don't even expect much over wash on Highway 12, which is normal whenever there is a tropical storm.
One area of the highway that will get its first test in stormy weather is Mirlo Beach where the road was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. That stretch of road was replaced and so were the dunes on either side. 10 feet of sandbags have also been positioned to help with high tides in that area where the road was washed out.
Even with the low expectations of the storm from locals and officials, there was a number of people leaving the island before stormy weather arrived Thursday.
"There's been a good steady line of traffic off the island all day for sure," said Ryan White, a Rodanthe Resident. "I think the main thing is that people have a few days left on vacation and they don't want to spend it cooped up in a house while it's raining. They may as well go home and get unpacked and get ready to go back to work on Monday."
Residents told WAVY.com that even though they are going to ride out the storm at home, they are tying down loose things to prevent projectiles in the case of extreme winds.
If it were a Hurricane, they'd be more worried, but a tropical storm is no big deal for those in the Outer Banks.
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