DARE COUNTY, N.C. (WNCN/WAVY) – The brunt of Hermine sparred Virginia Beach, but not Hatteras Island, which saw many homes and cars flooded – plus damage from a tornado.
There was near record sound-side flooding in South Frisco and Hatteras Village. There was record flooding in Frisco, according to WAVY-TV.
“It was pretty significant and unfortunately flooding waters went in people’s homes. It’s pretty bad. Lots of cars went under too. We did not anticipate it would be this bad. This flooding is as bad as Hurricane Emily was,” Dare County Board of Commissioners Allen Burrus told WAVY-TV.
“…surge, wave run-up, erosion and overwash are expected this evening near time of high tide, approximately 9:30 p.m.,” Dare County officials said in an email they titled “Impacts from Hermine more than Forecast.”
The flooding came after a tornado hit Hatteras Village early Saturday, injuring four people and causing some damage.
High winds – recorded up to 116 mph – on Alligator River Bridge also flipped a tractor-trailer, killing the driver from Randolph County.
Dare County official said they were caught off guard with flooding as the storm moved out.
“After winds shifted Saturday morning, the back side of the storm brought significant winds and greater flooding than forecast. The southern villages on Hatteras Island experienced as much as 5 feet of soundside flooding,” the county said.
Some roads are still flooded, but all major roads were open as of 7 p.m. Saturday.
Earlier, major roads were flooded.
“We have 4 and a half feet of water on Highway 12 right now,” Dare County Board of Commissioners Allen Burrus reported earlier in the day.
*WAVY & WNCN contributed to this report.