Nor'easter Tears Away Beaches Up the East Coast

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Ida's been doling out much misery as it slowly churns its way up the mid-Atlantic coast.

New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland coastal towns are watching the storm suck their valuable beaches out to sea.

"Mother Nature will bring some of that back in, but Mother Nature will not bring it back up on these dunes. That will have to be done by other means," Ocean City, Md., Manager Dennis Dare said.  

"This situation will obviously be aggravated through Friday evening. But we've had generous beach loss during previous storms and we expect even more now," a Cape May, N.J., resident said.

Others are worried whether their homes will survive the floodwaters.

"My husband says the water is coming up onto our grass," a New Jersey woman said.

"It's not pleasant. Just came back from vacation and home to this," another New Jersey resident said.

Megan Miller's Virginia property turned into basically an island.

"I'm from New York originally, so I'm used to nor'easters being snow, not rain," Miller said.

Ida has forced some neighborhoods to be evacuated in cities like Norfolk, Va.

Justin Silverthorne's family had to flee as their neighborhood turned into a vast lake.

"I've been through a lot of hurricanes, Category 1 all the way up to 5, and, you know, far as flooding goes, it gets bad, but I've never had my house surrounded to where I had to actually get on a boat," Silverthorne said.

Now, those to the north worry about their towns.

"I don't know if the dune's going to hold up," said Linda Grandinetti, a Bethany Beach, Del., resident. "(It's) pretty scary. Probably going to lose some stores."

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