Since Hurricane Irene made landfall off the coast of North Carolina early Saturday, the Category 1 storm has subjected the state’s Outer Banks to high winds and heavy rain.
Wind gusts of up to 115 mph were reported, according to the Associated Press. Flooding and mass power outages have been reported.
Tourists were told to evacuate the Outer Banks on Friday, as the Post reported. “By Friday afternoon, Nags Head was a ghost town. Almost all of the motels and swimwear shops on the main thoroughfares were closed,” Shyamantha Asokan reported. “Several were boarded up. The weather was cloudy and humid.” Some locals decided to stay behind.
The weakening, but still big storm is now heading north.
Watch video and view more photos from the scene below.
Wavy-TV 10 reporter Jason Marks somehow stayed standing while reporting from Nags Head, N.C.
Streets in Atlantic Beach, N.C. were left flooded by the storm.
The Weather Channel’s Jeff Morrow stands before the ripping waves in Atlantic Beach, as Irene passes through.