Atlantic Beach residents assess damage after Hermine

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ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. (WNCT) – The worst of Hermine battered the Crystal Coast late Friday night into early Saturday, an unwelcome visitor to start off the long Labor Day holiday weekend.

But Hermine’s presence didn’t stop some from their planned beach weekend. For Gary Ratliff who spent Friday night travelling to Atlantic Beach from Eden, it was slow going.

“Some of those gusts were probably 50 miles per hour because it was blowing me from one side of the road to the other,” said Ratliff.

Overall, the damage in Atlantic Beach was pretty minimal.

“It was like I was expecting: a typical tropical storm,” said Harrison Smith, who lives in Atlantic Beach. “Tides were up, a little bit of beach erosion, nothing spectacular.”

But for some, the waves churned up by the storm came as a surprise.

“It’s really crazy,” said Jack Peterson, who was visiting from Raleigh. “I didn’t know they’d be this big.”

So, do you think you’d go out and surf in that?

“I would never do that,” added Peterson.

Jack may not be up for any surfing, but a group of guys did tackle the waves. Another little guy was doing the same, stealing Hermine’s thunder in the process.

“That was the coolest thing that’s happened,” said Smith about a baby sea turtle who raced back into the ocean after being was ashore. “I’ve never seen a baby sea turtle actually hatch or be on the beach at all.”

Many here, including the baby turtle, are looking forward to a much quieter second half to the weekend.

“It’s gonna be nice,” said John Peterson, who was visiting from Raleigh. “I mean this is gonna pass and you know there’s always great weather after a hurricane.”

What’s not expected to let up is the waves. Heavy surf and a high rip current risk expected to linger at least through the Labor Day holiday.

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