Editor's note: This article was last updated Sept. 7 at 3:44 p.m.
BOGUE BANKS — Hurricane Dorian passed along the county’s coast late Thursday into early Friday, causing Bogue Banks to lose power and experience some spot flooding and structure damage.
Atlantic Beach Town Manager David Walker told the News-Times Friday morning the town staff that stayed to weather the storm received no emergency calls. Mr. Walker attributed much of this to how many people in town complied with the governor’s mandatory evacuation order and left, though a small number stayed.
“This (hurricane) hit us as a Category 1,” Mr. Walker said, referring to the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale that measures hurricane wind speed, “We had winds of 95 mph. I’d say there was a big difference from (Hurricane) Florence. We had a lot of structural damage with Florence, but very little with Dorian. Dorian hit us and moved on, while Florence sat on us for several days.”
Atlantic Beach imposed a curfew at 7 p.m. Thursday, restricting access to town, and the rest of Bogue Banks followed suit. The town reopened to regular traffic at noon Friday, though the entire island was still without power.
Power was restored in Atlantic Beach at about 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Shortly after the Atlantic Beach Causeway high-rise bridge reopened, Subtropics owner and operator Charles Kemp came to check on his store on East Fort Macon Road. He said there wasn’t any damage that he could identify, though the store was without power at the time.
“I stayed at my house in Morehead City (during Dorian),” Mr. Kemp said. “It wasn’t as bad as anticipated. There’s no comparison to Florence. This one was quick-moving.”
Some areas of Atlantic Beach still had standing water early Friday afternoon, such as along West Bogue Boulevard. Melynie Connor, who lives at 407 West Bogue Blvd., said Dorian “wasn’t good,” but it was still better than Florence, which struck in September 2018.
“I probably have water up under my house I’ll need to pump out,” Ms. Connor said, standing outside her home, “but there’s no real damage inside or out. I evacuated for Florence, but in terms of damage, it’s comparing a zero to a 10. Florence tore my house up with internal water damage. We didn’t have anything like that this time.”
One building with noticeable damage Friday was Bogue Shores Condominium complex. Property Manager Sheila Brazelton was out with contractors and staff, looking over damage that included a broken fence around the pool, lots of debris in the parking lot and a section of roofing torn up and hanging over one side of the building.
“I think it looks worse than it is,” Ms. Brazelton said. “I’m assessing the rooms. All in all, it could be worse considering (the circumstances). I think its just the roof (that was damaged), there’s not much structural damage. We’ve got engineers here determining if it’s safe to go in.”
She said Florence caused a lot more damage.
Over in Pine Knoll Shores, Town Manager Brian Kramer said Saturday morning power had been fully restored by 1 a.m. that day.
“I spoke with the cooperative,” he said, referring to the Carteret-Craven Electrical Cooperative. “They had at least eight line crews here past midnight.”
As of Saturday morning, Mr. Kramer hadn’t received any reports of any significant damage in Pine Knoll Shores. He said firefighters were going out to do a survey of docks and piers along the sound.
Mr. Kramer also said little beach erosion had occurred during Dorian.
“The (ocean) beach is flat like you often get after a hurricane,” he said, “but nothing like after Florence.”
Friday, he said he and town staff feel they’re “exceptionally fortunate” with the small amount of damage and flooding that occurred “given the storm’s size and strength.”
“It’s not the size of the storm, it’s the duration and where we are relative to the rotation (that determines the damage),” Mr. Kramer said. “Last year, we had Florence stall over us, while this year it moved past us in about seven hours. We feel bad for the people in the Bahamas and very fortunate we didn’t suffer the same way.”
When Dorian reached the Bahamas earlier last week, it was a major hurricane and caused widespread destruction. As of Saturday afternoon, the death toll there had risen to 43.
Now that Dorian has passed, clean up efforts will begin. Mr. Kramer said they have quite a few trees knocked down to be addressed. He said staff will begin collecting debris set by the roadsides in Pine Knoll Shores Monday, Sept. 16.
In Indian Beach, Town Manager Tim White said Friday morning they, too, fared “very well” through Dorian.
“We had little to no damage, except maybe some shingles taken off some roofs,” Mr. White said. He also said they had little flooding in town, and minimal beach erosion, as well.
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BOGUE BANKS – Atlantic Beach Town Manager David Walker said just past noon that the Bogue Banks officials all agreed to reopen the bridges at noon, despite the island still being without power.
Mr. Walker said if Bogue Banks remains without power, then curfew will resume at 8 p.m. Friday night until 6 a.m. Saturday morning.
BOGUE BANKS - Though Bogue Banks remains without power Friday morning, bridges to the island are set to reopen at noon today, according a Facebook post by the town of Pine Knoll Shores.
No re-entry pass will be needed to access the island.
Around 9:30 a.m. in Atlantic Beach, Town Manger David Walker said that town had suffered "minimal damage."
"We're still here, we did very well. Our staff has been out and there's minimal damage. All our main roads are clear and the whole island is without power," he told the News-Times.
"This hit us as a Category 1 (on the Saffir-Simpson scale). We had winds of 95 mph, I'd say there's a big difference than with (Hurricane) Florence," Mr. Walker continued. "We had a lot of structural damage with Florence, but very little with Dorian. Dorian hit us and moved on, while Florence sat on us for several days."
Pine Knoll Shores said in its Facebook post at approximately 10:30 a.m. that it would lift the townwide curfew at noon, but may reinstitute it at sundown if power is not back on.
The town of Emerald Isle is also set to lift curfew at noon, according to an update posted on its website around 10:30 a.m. Friday. The Emerald Isle bridge will reopen at noon, and no re-entry passes will be needed to enter the town.