Hurricane Irene has left some North Carolina residents locked out of their homes longer than expected.
Residents of Hatteras Island tried to return to the Outer Banks Tuesday, but they were turned away by police. Only emergency workers were allowed in.
"I expected to go back in two to three days," Hatteras Island resident Alice Bundy said. "I just brought a few sets of clothes, shoes, and pajamas."
"Just going to have a lot of damage down there and want to know how long it's going to be before we get back to work," fishery worker Chris Kubik said.
The storm washed out a crucial portion of Highway 12. The road runs parallel to the Atlantic Ocean and connects Hatteras Island to the other barrier islands on the Outer Banks.
North Carolina officials have predicted it will take at least two weeks to repair the road.
Operation Blessing International will be visiting Hatteras Wednesday to find out what kind of help stranded resident need.
To find out how you can help those affected by Hurricane Irene visit Operation Blessing's website.