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Ocracoke Tries To Pick Up The Pieces After Dorian

A flooded street on Ocracoke Island.
A photo taken on Ocracoke Island.

The Outer Banks is bracing for a long recovery after Hurricane Dorian.

Dare County estimates damages are close to $15 million, and Ocracoke Island in Hyde County was hit even harder. The region suffered from a historic storm surge last Friday that reached seven feet in two hours. It left much of the region without power, flooded businesses and homes, destroyed vehicles, and buckled portions of Highway 12. Reporter Kirk Ross has been covering the storm for Carolina Public Press and The Washington Post. He joins host Frank Stasio with an update on the damage, the island’s problem with transportation and evacuation and the need for disaster resilience. Rex O’Neal is a lifelong resident of Ocracoke and owner of Ocracoke Golf Cart Rentals. He shares the realities of Dorian and how it was the worst storm he has seen in his six decades on the island.

Note: The on-air version of this segment at 12 p.m. misreported highway damage numbers from the NC Department of Transportation. Road damage for NC 12 in Ocracoke is estimated at $4-5M while road damage throughout the state is estimated at $40M-$50M.

Dana is an award-winning producer who began as a personality at Rock 92. Once she started creating content for morning shows, she developed a love for producing. Dana has written and produced for local and syndicated commercial radio for over a decade. WUNC is her debut into public radio and she’s excited to tell deeper, richer stories.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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