Watch: Beachfront homes along North Carolina’s Outer Banks continue to collapse into the ocean
The Atlantic Ocean claimed two more beachfront homes on Tuesday along North Carolina’s famous Outer Banks.
Dramatic video released by the Cape Hatteras National Seashore shows waves crashing over the crumbling homes of Hatteras Island, which is in Rodanthe, North Carolina
Video even captured the shocking moment of a house succumbing to the ocean as the high tide rose on Tuesday afternoon. The homes that fell into the Atlantic on Tuesday were not the first to collapse into the ocean and they won’t be the last, according to local officials.
In a press release, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore confirmed that the first house, located on Ocean Drive, was unoccupied when it collapsed early Tuesday morning before sunrise. The second house, located next to the first house on Ocean Drive, was also unoccupied when it fell into the ocean, according to a news release from the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
The beaches along Ocean Drive in Rodanthe have been closed to protect the public from the dangers associated with the house collapse and the dangers of additional houses collapsing in the area.
Just a few months ago, another Rodanthe house collapsed into the ocean and left a 15-mile-long trail of debris in the water. After the February incident, National Park Services and county officials held a public meeting in March to discuss the status of the other homes that were at risk. It was determined that there were around nine additional homes in the Rodanthe area that were on the verge of collapse, according to the Island Free Press.
“We proactively contacted property owners along Ocean Drive in Rodanthe after the first house collapsed and recommended that action be taken to prevent the collapse and impacts to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore,” said said David Hallac, Superintendent of Eastern North Carolina National Parks., in a social media post.
Dare County Commissioner Danny Couch reiterated that many people are aware of how dangerous these homes are to fall into the ocean. He told AccuWeather in an interview that the storm that is just offshore brought in higher than normal tides, which only hastened the process of these homes succumbing to the ocean.
“From the first of the year, we knew the loss of one or more homes was inevitable,” Couch said. “We lost one in February and we lost another [Tuesday morning] with this stationary weather system, and I anticipate there will be one or two more in the immediate future, if not before this system leaves our area.”
As the storm continues to stall just offshore, flooding and high tides are still a concern in Rodanthe. The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood warning and a high wave advisory, both of which will be in effect until Thursday morning.
The Cape Hatteras National Seashore will work closely with the owners to coordinate the cleaning of these two homes and advises visitors to exercise caution when participating in recreational activities on the beach and in the ocean, as debris from these collapsed houses may be widespread in Hatteras. Isle.
More and more homes are collapsing into the ocean as the rate of erosion along the North Carolina coast is dramatically high. In Rodanthe, the rate of coastal erosion is about 6 feet per year, according to the Coastal Resources Commission’s interactive map.
Prior to this year, the last house that was swept away was in 2020, leaving a trail of debris along the shore. And nearly 10 years ago, in 2012, a beach house damaged by Hurricane Sandy collapsed into the ocean.