Outer Banks

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No. 7: Shark Attacks Swimmer Off North Carolina

This is the most for the state in at least 80 years

(Newser) - Beaches along the North Carolina coast are sure to be jam-packed this holiday weekend, which makes this bit of news especially troubling: A shark attacked a 67-year-old man off Okracoke Island in the Outer Banks today, making him the state's seventh victim this season, reports Reuters . In the 80... More »

Another Swimmer Bitten by Shark off Carolina Coast

Teen's injuries aren't thought to be life-threatening

(Newser) - Officials say a 17-year-old boy is the latest victim of a shark attack off North Carolina's coast, the second attack in as many days and the sixth attack in the past two weeks. Rescue personnel and park rangers responded to the boy, who received what they described as injuries... More »

Now a Hurricane, Arthur Heads for the Carolinas

Forget those 4th of July barbecues, NC gov says

(Newser) - Arthur strengthened to a hurricane early today, threatening to give North Carolina a glancing blow on Independence Day, prompting the governor to warn vacationers along the coast not to risk their safety by trying to salvage their picnics and barbecues. "Don't put your stupid hat on," warned... More »

Why Hurricane Irene Is Good for the Outer Banks

It carries new sand to the area, which helps prevent it from eroding

(Newser) - It's counterintuitive, but it's true, says a Duke University geology professor. Hurricane Irene "is just what" the Outer Banks need. In a conversation with the Los Angeles Times , Orrin Pilkey acknowledges the many, many downsides of the storm: "We are going to see an awful lot... More »

Hurricane Earl Downgraded to Category 3

But Outer Banks is still going to get walloped

(Newser) - Hurricane Earl is weakening slightly but it's still packing winds near 125 mph as it blows toward North Carolina's coast. Earl has been downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane, and it's expected to pass the Outer Banks of North Carolina as a powerful storm tonight. New hurricane and tropical storm... More »

Hurricane Earl: Warning Issued for Massachusetts Coast

Storm's winds swirling at 145mph

(Newser) - Hurricane Earl barreled toward the Eastern Seaboard today as a powerful Category 4 storm with winds swirling at around 145mph. Forecasters were trying to pinpoint how close the strongest winds and heaviest surge would get to North Carolina's fragile chain of barrier islands, as the National Hurricane Center in Miami... More »

Surfers Barrel to Earl

Hurricane expected to produce 10-foot waves

(Newser) - People heading away from North Carolina's Outer Banks as Hurricane Earl approaches are passing hardy surfers heading in the other direction. Earl is the biggest hurricane to threaten the East Coast since Hurricane Bob in 1991, and surfers up and down the coast are getting ready to take full advantage... More »

Hurricane Warning Issued for NC

Outer Banks empties out as East Coast readies

(Newser) - A hurricane warning has been issued for the North Carolina coast as powerful Hurricane Earl bears down on the East Coast, while a hurricane watch now extends into Delaware. Visitors have been evacuating Ocracoke Island in ferries and told to leave neighboring Cape Hatteras in North Carolina's Outer Banks, and... More »

NC Island Evacuated as Earl Blows In

Tourists ordered off Ocracoke

(Newser) - Thousands of tourists have been told to leave North Carolina's Ocracoke Island as Hurricane Earl steams up the coast. The island's 800 residents aren't required to evacuate, but officials say they hope they'll join the exodus from the popular vacation island, the AP reports. More evacuations along the East Coast... More »

Outer Banks Worries About Hurricane Earl

FEMA warns of possible evacuations along coast

(Newser) - Hurricane Earl threatened to sideswipe much of the East Coast just ahead of Labor Day, worrying countless vacationers who planned to spend the traditional last week of summer at the beach. FEMA warned people along the Eastern Seaboard to prepare for possible evacuations. Forecasters cautioned it was still too early... More »

Gabrielle 'Going to Get Gnarly'

Expected to brush North Carolina Sunday and head out to sea

(Newser) - Tropical storm Gabrielle is “going to get a little gnarly” but is “not expected to get too strong” when it hits the East Coast tomorrow, observers say. She will dump 2 to 4 inches of rain on parched North Carolina and head back to sea, topping off at... More »

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