NC Church Offers Aid to Storm-Battered Outer Banks

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OUTER BANKS, N.C. -- The waves have calmed and the wind was little more than a gentle breeze on North Carolina's Outer Banks Monday, one day after Hurricane Irene's destructive trek up the East Coast.

The storm caused widespread damage in the region before killing four people in Virginia and moving on to other states.
Christians living in the Outer Banks have been giving thanks for God's mercy and protection.

"I was reminded of that song how much He loves us," Outer Banks resident Bonnie Beacham said. "He loves us like a hurricane; I am a tree bending beneath His love and mercy."
Beacham and other members of Nags Head Church are ready to show God's kindness to those in need.

"We're going to knock on all our neighbors' doors. It's just the right thing to do," church member Rich Coleman told CBN News.
Twenty-four hours after the storm, some communities like Hatteras Island still need help.

Pastor Rick Lawrenson relayed the game plan, saying "We're going to find ways to get meals down to Hatteras Island because they've been cut off."
Meanwhile, the rush to restore electric power on the island continues.

"Give me an assessment of the kind of damage we've seen so far -- broken cross beams, broken poles," said Cliff Austin with River City Construction.
Inland flooding caused the greatest damage.

"It was no more than 15 minutes; it was up here all up the road," North Carolina resident Brian Brown recalled.
Irene's hurricane-force winds and massive waves punished the Outer Banks for hours. The slow-moving storm took more than a day to pass over the area.
While Irene did a lot of damage, it was not as bad as some forecasters predicted. That's good news for Dave Karvala and countless residents who are cleaning up and uttering prayers of gratitude.

"At the end of the day we know that God's in control when it was a Category 3 and they saying it could strengthen," Karvala said. "We were saying 'God, please watch over us.'"

CBN News Sr. Reporter George Thomas' spoke with some of the residents of North Carolina's Outer Banks, Saturday afternoon, about how they were weathering Irene.


Around midday Saturday CBN News braved the shoreline of the Outer Banks to get a firsthand and look Irene as it lashed the coast of Kitty Hawk, N.C.

Despite orders to evacuate, several of North Carolina's Outer Banks residents decided Friday they were going to ride out the storm. Watch CBN News' report below. 

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