Hurricane Dorian damage

Hurricane Dorian damaged several homes on Emerald Isle, North Carolina.

Access to Ocracoke Island in North Carolina was restricted Monday, days after Hurricane Dorian engulfed part of the coastal areas of the state.

Recovery efforts are in gear as officials survey the damage.

Recreational vehicle homes were overturned, personal items piled into heaps on the ground and surfaces were left unsteady after the storm passed through the state Thursday and Friday. 

Gov. Roy Cooper and House Speaker Tim Moore toured one of the counties impacted the by the Category 2 storm that struck late last week, while emergency officials accessed the damage.

“As the outer banks of North Carolina and the coastal communities we visited this weekend begin recovering from another hurricane, the state General Assembly will move this week to deliver disaster relief funds for victims and areas affected by recent storms as soon as possible,” Moore said on Twitter Monday afternoon.

Media crews could not get onto portions of Highway 12 near Ocracoke Island. Two 500-foot sections of the road were damaged, according to the department of transportation. Homes in Boardwalk RV Park in Emerald Isle had toppled over with their containments in the streets. The damage was caused by a waterspout tornado. Many residents said they experienced flooding for the first time in decades. Pockets of standing water could still be seen on Saturday.

“North Carolinians are strong and resilient, and we're all pulling together to help those with storm damage get their lives back to normal as soon as possible,”Cooper said.

Emergency officials have transported fuel trucks, generators and food and water to Ocracoke. A shelter in Washington County will open to provide temporary housing. Residents from the other parts of the state traveled to the area to help with the cleanup. 

Cooper ordered mandatory evacuations ahead of the storm early last week.

Resident Bill Krouse stayed behind and was almost trapped when his walls caved in and the roof fell.

“I was on the floor and in the process of getting up and EMS, and I can't give them enough credit. They were opening my door before I could even turn around," he said.

There were no deaths reported on the island.

“I think clearly the evacuation order helped significantly because the fact that there were so few people here contributed to the fact that we did not have loss of life,” Cooper said.

Moore said legislators would make an effort to push through relief funds at the capitol this week while adjusters and officials continue to access the damage and residents clean up.

Cooper said federal aid may be released based on the need.

“Depending on how the numbers go will depend on if FEMA will help us, but we will definitely explore all the possible avenues to try to help people as much as we possibly can, “ Cooper said.

Staff Writer

Nyamekye Daniel has been a journalist for three years. She was the managing editor for the South Florida Media Network and a staff writer for The Miami Times. Daniel's work has also appeared in the Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and The New York Times.