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Outer Banks beach houses collapse into Atlantic Ocean

Posted at 12:24 PM, May 10, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-10 14:49:54-04

RODANTHE, N.C. – Two beach houses in the Outer Banks of North Carolina collapsed into the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday, according to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore organization.

The first collapse happened at 24235 Ocean Drive in Rodanthe, N.C. early Tuesday morning. Shortly after the first collapse, another beach home collapsed in the area.

Beaches in Rodanthe have been closed to protect the public from hazards associated with the home, and the dangerous weather surrounding it.

“Unfortunately, there may be more houses that collapse onto Seashore beaches in the near future,” said David Hallac, superintendent of the National Parks of Eastern North Carolina. “We proactively reached out to homeowners along Ocean Drive in Rodanthe after the first house collapse and recommended that actions be taken to prevent collapse and impacts to Cape Hatteras National Seashore.”

Cape Hatteras National Seashore said because there are additional homes in the area that may collapse, visitors should use caution when participating in recreational activities on the beach and in the ocean along Hatteras Island as debris from the collapsed home is being spread widely across the Seashore.