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Cape Hatteras KOA sustains minimal damage from Hurricane Arthur, reopens for guests
Cape Hatteras KOA Resort is getting ready to reopen following Hurricane Arthur's visit to the Outer Banks last Friday. This photo was taken at the KOA Tuesday, July 8.
Hurricane season came early to the Outer Banks this year. The first Category 2 hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. in seven years, Arthur disrupted many travelers' 4th of July plans and created damage up the eastern seaboard. The center of Arthur crossed the northern Outer Banks near Nags Head on the morning of July 4, with winds peaking at 100 mph. The hardest hit area was northern Hatteras Island, where sound-side flooding brought upwards of 4 - 6 feet of water.
Cape Hatteras KOA, which celebrated its Grand Re-Opening May 1, experienced minimal temporary damage and re-opens to campers on Wednesday, July 9. The property, rebuilt after extensive damage caused in 2011 by Hurricane Irene, withstood the storm well, and all of the hurricane abatement measures put in place performed as expected. Damaged was limited to a small number of Camping Cabins, which remain closed as staff inspect and clean the cabins to ensure they're safe for guest use.
"Everything we did at Cape Hatteras after Hurricane Irene in 2011 to combat the effects of hurricanes on the campground actually worked," said Terry Shade, Vice President of Company Owned Properties for Kampgrounds of America Inc.
KOA spent $6.8 million in 2011 after Hurricane Irene to rebuild the campground, which included a new main building/store built on 12-foot pilings. That building also included an elevator and luxury suites on the third floor, as well as 18 "aerial Deluxe Cabins" also built on 12-foot pilings. Neither the main building nor the aerial Deluxe Cabins sustained any damage.
"It took us three years to rebuilt after Hurricane Irene in 2011," said Shade. "It's going to take us about 10 days to clean up after Hurricane Arthur. I'd say that's progress."
All Deluxe Cabins at the campground, along with RV and tent sites, will be available for rent on Wednesday, July 9. Only the 32 basic Cabins will be taken out of active camping inventory.
Campers will be offered discounts through this Sunday, July 13. Camping reservations are also being taken for the rest of the summer at CapeHatterasKOA.com.
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