Editor's note: This article was last updated Sept. 7 at 4:47 p.m.

CEDAR ISLAND — With road access to the eastern barrier island restricted as Hurricane Dorian moved away, Cedar Island residents emerged from shelter to mud and debris Friday after flood waters overtook the village in the early hours.

Down East was largely spared from the brunt of Dorian, though Cedar Island saw significant flooding.

Other communities in the unincorporated part of Carteret County east of Beaufort received plenty of wind, but limited flooding. In a release Saturday, the county said South River also experienced a period of high water due to the storm.

By Friday afternoon when the News-Times reached Cedar Island by boat after a mass of storm debris restricted access to the high-rise bridge, the water had largely receded.

“In 61 years I’ve never seen one come up that quick,” lifelong Cedar Island resident Sherman Goodwin said Friday afternoon of flood waters.

Amid the final gusts of Hurricane Dorian, Mr. Goodwin, who owns Island’s Choice Variety Store, recounted how he and his wife, Velvet, weathered the storm inside the store, trapped by the rising tide or storm surge.

By Friday afternoon, the water had receded, leaving in its wake a mess of mud and debris.

“Everything is just full of mud,” Mr. Sherman explained.

The water was so high, Velvet Goodwin said, two turtles washed up on the porch of the establishment.

According to Cedar Island resident Angie Goodwin, the water began to rise around 5:30 a.m. Friday and rose quickly. Residents said the amount of surge was higher than during Hurricane Isabel, which brought some of the highest water the island had seen when it struck in 2003.

Island’s Choice Variety Store, affectionately known as “Sherman’s,” is built on one of the higher pieces of land around. It has eight steps leading to the store and water reached the seventh step. Water rose halfway up the gas pumps, as well.

Several homes flooded but, according to Angie Goodwin, no one was harmed.

The water began to recede around 1 p.m.

Islands to the east didn’t make out as well. Ocracoke and Hatteras both received historic flooding. For more on the devastation on Ocracoke, see the story on Page 2A.

Back on Cedar Island, the locals said they plan to carry on.

“We’ll clean up like we always do,” Mr. Goodwin said.

Contact J.J. Smith at 252-726-7081, ext. 252, or email jj@thenewstimes.com.

Contact Dylan Ray at 252-726-7081, ext. 223, or email dylan@thenewstimes.com.

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CEDAR ISLAND — Down East was largely spared from the brunt of Hurricane Dorian in the Friday early morning hours, though Cedar Island reportedly saw significant flooding. 

Other communities in the unincorporated part of Carteret County east of Beaufort received plenty of wind, but limited flooding.

According to Cedar Island resident Angie Goodwin, water began to rise around 5:30 a.m. Friday and rose quickly. Residents at the end of Cedar Island said the level was higher than Hurricane Isabel, which brought some of the highest water the island has seen when it struck in 2003. 

Island’s Choice Variety Store, affectionately known as “Sherman’s,” is built on one of the higher pieces of land on the island. It has eight steps leading to the store and water reached the seventh step, according to residents. Water rose halfway up the gas pumps, as well.

Several homes flooded but, according to Ms. Goodwin, no one was harmed.

The water began to recede around 1 p.m.

Islands to the east reportedly didn’t make out as well. Ocracoke and Hatteras both received historic flooding. According to The Island Free Press, the villages saw about 6 feet of storm surge around 9 a.m. Friday morning. The tide started to recede around 1 p.m.

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We need to support Sherman. He carries most anything you might need, from chainsaws to boat parts to groceries.



I hope he didn't lose too much.


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