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House plunges into ocean on North Carolina’s Outer Banks


RODANTHE, NC (AP) — A house collapsed into the ocean on Monday on the string of islands off the coast of North Carolina, according to U.S. National Park Service officials.

Officials warned visitors to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore on the state’s Outer Banks to watch for debris from a collapsed one-story house along the beach and in the ocean in Rodanthe.

Most of the debris is at the site of the collapsed house along East Point Drive, and officials said they are communicating with the home’s owner to coordinate the removal of the house and any related debris on the beach.

The site of Monday’s collapse is about a mile north of Ocean Drive, where other homes collapsed last year, including two that collapsed on the same day in May.

The coast of North Carolina consists almost entirely of narrow, low-lying barrier islands. The islands are particularly vulnerable to storm surges and inundation from both sides.

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