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Michael Brings Dare $7.3 Million in Damage

Reprinted from Outer Banks Voice

Tropical Storm Michael caused high wind pushed sound levels 2 to 4 feet above normal. Photo: Loretta Sanders

OUTER BANKS — Preliminary damage estimates for Dare County from Tropical Storm Michael totaled $7.3 million primarily from soundside flooding, with the highest amounts in Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills and Colington.

Sustained tropical storm-force winds over a period of about eight hours caused very high water levels on soundfronts from Avon north, according to a report compiled by Dare County.

A total of 910 residential, 58 commercial and 11 public properties were affected by the storm in some way. Twelve properties suffered major damage, and 182 had minor damage.

Residential damage was estimated to cost $6,553,615. Commercial property damage was estimated at $587,923 and public property damage at $165,000.

Total damage from Michael in the three categories was $1,995,373 in Nags Head, $1,977,850 in Kill Devil Hills and $1,237,745 in Colington.

The report noted personal property losses were considerable, with hundreds of motor vehicles flooded, and other types of personal property, like boats, campers and recreational vehicles also sustained damage.

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Sam Walker

Sam Walker is the news director of Max Radio of the Carolinas and a staff writer for the "Outer Banks Voice."