Irene hit hard on North Carolina. Fortunately Raleigh/ Cary area, being around 200 miles west of ocean, was spared by wrath of nature. However Outer Banks, my favorite vacation spot, is impacted by the anger of nature. Hurricanes are not uncommon in Outer Banks area but nevertheless they incur financial loss, disrupt life and leave a lot of work to clean up the aftermath. My heart goes out for affected residents and their families. Locals are resilient, prepare well in advance and work hard to quickly clean up.
Like every year, in May 2011, we enjoyed a trip to Manteo and Kill Devil Hills, part of the Outer Banks, impacted by Irene. Manteo is a charming small town while Kill Devil Hills has magnificent beaches. I wish and hope for normalcy so that we continue to enjoy the sheer beauty of these towns. The pictures show the splendor of the area.
A picture of waters around Manteo:
Another picture of Manteo:
Beach at Kill Devil Hills
Another picture of the beach of Kill Devil Hills:
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