DARE COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — While Ian is expected to take a westerly turn around Charleston and head inland toward the Charlotte area on Friday, the Outer Banks and Northeast North Carolina are still seeing pretty significant impacts.
In the Outer Banks, gusts could be up to around 50-55 mph and there’s a potential for minor to moderate flooding with some overwash, WAVY meteorologist Ricky Matthews says.
Dare County was put under a Tropical Storm Warning and a Storm Surge Watch from the remnants of Hurricane Ian.
Dare County Emergency Management put Outer Banks beaches on notice. Nags Head, Kill Devil Hill, Southern Shores and Duck beach flew red no swimming flags.
All of Frisco, Hatteras and Ocracoke lost power Friday morning, but that was expected to be restored around 9 a.m. Manteo had up to 31 mph gusts and Hatteras had 29 mph gusts Friday morning.
Several NC schools systems in the WAVY viewing area will have remote learning Friday due to the forecast.
Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Management warned residents of potentially dangerous gusts, especially for boaters. Mariners were asked to remain in port this weekend.
As of Thursday, NC12 was open and passable, NCDOT said, but winds had blown some sand south of the Basnight Bridge. Crews were working to clear that sand. As of Friday morning, NC 12 was still open, but there was sand and water on the roads. The next high tide was set for 11 a.m. Friday.
About 80% of the beach nourishment project on the Outer Banks is complete, reinforcing the dunes, and hopefully, protecting Oceanfront structures.
Kitty Hawk Town Manager Andy Stewart says the project is a game-changer for buildings along Highway 12.
“The additional sand that’s being placed on the beach causes the sand to break further off shore, so that helps with the wave energy over tipping the dunes,” Stewart told 10 On Your Side. “We’re fairly confident that we shouldn’t have too much ocean overwash, which has typically been our problem.”
Stewart said that the town has been preparing for the storm since the beginning of the week, whether it brings flooding from the oceanfront or the Albemarle Sound.
“Best case scenario, we get some winds like you see here this afternoon. But if the storm tracks further to west, we could see some Sound side rising,” he said.
Jason Jordan, the owner of John’s Drive In on Highway 12 in Kitty Hawk, says his restaurant has withstood 46 years of Outer Banks’ extreme weather. He’s hoping this storm is no different.
“Pretty much just baton down all the hatches and hopefully we come back and everything is still good,” Jordan said.
He’s putting away flower pots, signage, and outdoor furniture before winds and potential flooding hit.
For some, the storm brings a thrill. Carri Younger says her family has owned a beachfront home in Kitty Hawk since the 1950’s.
“Gorgeous,” Younger said of the ocean. “It’s rough and without the sign I would have gone swimming today.”
She said that the beach nourishment project protects her home and property from flooding.
“We were here before the beach replenishment where I would have had to move my car,” she said.
She said she’s not doing anything unusual to prepare for the storm.
“I’m not foolish, I know where evacuation areas are,” she said. “I try to predict. The house shakes and twists and gives, and that’s the way it is.”
Dare County’s Beach Nourishment Project began in June 2022. According to Dare County, the project is complete in Buxton, Avon, Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, and Kitty Hawk. The project is still not complete in Duck and Southern Shores.
10 On Your Side also talked to a general manager of a Nags Head burger joint.
Dune Burger had quite a bit of water outside the stand.
“We know when the winds blow and the tides blow… we got a lot of rain dumping. The tides are high. We know we are going to accumulate more water here,” Allen, Dune Burger’s General Manager.
Allen said Dune Burger prepares each time a major storm comes close to the OBX coast.
“We basically have hurricane panels laying around. Labels all ready to screw on the windows,” he said. “We have all that ahead of time just waiting. For every major storm, we will board up.”
Dune Burger still served burgers on Friday, thanks to Allen’s handiness.
“That’s why we got to be out here pumping, so we don’t flood. We are the lowest spot on this corner,” he said.
Allen created a pump system to redirect water. He is an electrician, so he carefully crafted the pump.
“I make sure no one gets electrocuted in the water and the cords out here,” Allen said.
Dare County is under a Tornado Watch until 10 p.m. Friday.
WAVY will have continued coverage of Ian and its impacts.