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Hurricane Maria floods Outer Banks beach towns

Floodwaters surround homes as Hurricane Maria moves closer

Floodwaters surround homes as Hurricane Maria moves closer to North Carolina's Outer Banks on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. Credit: AP / Ben FInley

Hurricane Maria is pushing high surf over North Carolina's Outer Banks, where more than 10,000 visitors were told to leave the islands.

The evacuation orders don't apply to local residents, who are now resigning themselves to more flood damage after a double pounding by last year's tropical weather.

Sarah Midgett lost her car during Hermine and her home was severely damaged by Matthew's floods. This year, Jose pounded the dunes, and now Maria is sending waves past this weakened natural barrier, flowing under homes. She says "it's insane how much the beach has eroded."

Meanwhile, in the town of Waves, kite surfing instructors had been booked solid this week, but lost all their reservations after tourists were forced to evacuate. Adrienne Kina, who normally works as a saleswoman at REAL Watersports, says this storm "is going to screw" the locals all over again.

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