NC’s Outer Banks: ‘We were really blessed on this one’

  • A tee-shirt hangs inside the Avalon Fishing Pier as a man buys coffee in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 as Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

  • Heavy surf crashes the dunes at high tide in Nags Head, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 as Hurricane Florence approaches the east coast. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

  • Kite Boarder Dimitri Maramenides heads out next to Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, N.C., as Hurricane Florence makes landfall further south on Friday, Sept, 14, 2018. (L. Todd Spencer/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

  • Kite Boarder Dimitri Maramenides heads out next to Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, N.C., as Hurricane Florence makes landfall further south on Friday, Sept, 14, 2018. (L. Todd Spencer/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

Many residents who evacuated North Carolina’s Outer Banks ahead of Hurricane Florence made their way Saturday back onto the barrier islands, a popular tourist destination spared from the worst of the storm’s wrath.

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