Irene brings Wrightsville Beach power outages, downed trees and beach erosion
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Although Irene is pulling away from our area, the strong storm is leaving reminders of her force in her wake.
With hurricane force wind gusts and extremely dangerous surf, Irene hit Wrightsville hard. The beach town was boarded up and hunkered down to wait out the storm. Much of the island lost power late Friday night, and as of Saturday morning, many were still without.
Beach erosion remains a problem as Irene pushed the surf all the way up to the dunes. The waves crashed for hours on end, and when they finally retreated, erosion was evident.
There are also two large trees down, one on Wrightsville Avenue near Eastwood Road and another along Eastwood Road.
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