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National seashore officials cautioning beach visitors about ENC impacts from distant Hurricane Fiona

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Annette Weston-Riggs, Public Radio East
File photo: Waves along the beach in the Outer Banks.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials are recommending that visitors avoid the beach near Rodanthe through the weekend because of the potential for ocean over wash and beach erosion associated with distant Hurricane Fiona.

The recommendation to avoid a two-mile stretch of beach, between the north end of Rodanthe and South Shore Drive, is based on recent National Weather Service forecasts and the presence of several vulnerable houses that may be damaged by rough surf and high winds, according to officials with the seashore.

They said it’s possible that wires, pipes and septic systems associated with those homes may become partially or completely exposed and hazardous as the ocean washes over the beach.

In 2022 thus far, three homes in that area have been washed into the Atlantic – on in January and two in May.

Meanwhile, at Cape Lookout National Seashore, the strong ocean swells coming ashore are expected to produce dangerous rip currents through the weekend and some minor ocean overwash and beach erosion is possible -- especially for beaches facing the southeast. That includes all of Core Banks.

Officials caution campers to choose their spot well so they don't end up in a pool of water at high tide.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.