Sandy brings high tides, unexpected visitors to Carolina coast
Sandy brings a lot of rain and wind to the Carolina coast, and you may think weather like that would keep people away from the beach. However, it seemed to have the opposite effect, with some even coming from out of state to see the storm up close. Katie Rufener has the story.
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CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. -- Dan Mills travelled to Carolina Beach on Saturday to visit family and spend a weekend relaxing by the ocean. Instead, he got Sandy.
"We've got some lawn furniture out on the deck that we've got put up. It's a good thing. You never know what might happen. It could blow around," noted Mills.
The risk of things blowing around was one of the biggest concerns with high winds ripping through the coastal community. But, most said that Sandy hasn't compared to storms they have weathered in the past.
"This one is very weak actually. I've been in stronger ones, like category twos, and it's more horrible," said Zharbray Livingston, South Carolina resident.
Sandy's strength, or lack there of on the Carolina coast, didn't stop storm watchers from flocking to the beach.
High tides caused some beach erosion and flooding problems along Canal Drive, and the street had to be shut down for part of the day until water receded. Although it wasn't everyone's idea of a perfect beach weekend, people such as Livingston and Mills said they were determined to make the most of it.
"It's kind of interesting to learn the science of the hurrican, and how the formation comes," said Zharbray.
Mills added, "We're riding it out together safely, as safely as possible."