North Carolina Beach Houses Collapse Into Ocean During Severe Coastal Flooding

Two unoccupied beach houses on the North Carolina Outer Banks collapsed into the ocean on Tuesday, May 10, amid severe coastal flooding, officials said.

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore National Park said the collapses occurred on Ocean Drive in Rodanthe, and advised visitors to avoid the area’s beach.

The National Weather Service issued a coastal flood warning and a high surf advisory for the area until Thursday morning, and said two to four feet of inundation could be possible for beach-adjacent properties and roadways.

The flooding could significantly threaten life and property, the NWS said.

These videos shared by the national park show the second house’s collapse. Credit: Cape Hatteras National Seashore via Storyful

Video transcript

[SURF BREAKING]

- Oh my gosh. That's going down.

It's 7:48, a little less than two hours till low tide. 24235 Ocean Drive collapsed about 3:00 AM last night.

There's the sand deposition on Ocean Drive.

[INAUDIBLE] on 24247 Ocean Drive.

24265 remains standing.

It's 7:19, about two hours before low tide in Rodanthe. Building collapse, 24235 Ocean Drive. Debris strewn about on South Shore Drive. A lot of sand deposition.

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