Campers were again rolling through the front gates Tuesday at the Cape Hatteras, N.C., KOA Resort following Hurricane Dorian.
The campground sustained very little damage due to the hurricane, which made landfall on North Carolina’s Outer Banks last Thursday with 100-mph winds and 7-foot storm surges following a devastating landfall in the Bahamas earlier in the week.
The Cape Hatteras KOA Resort was completely rebuilt after suffering major damage from Hurricane Irene in 2011. Deluxe Cabins at the park, along with the entire main building, were raised onto 12-foot-tall pilings that allow both water and wind to pass under the structures. A large man-made sand dune berm was also added to the front of the campground to control water flow from the interior Pamlico Sound to the west.
“The campground wasn’t affected by the storm surge on the Atlantic Ocean side, nor from water from Pamlico Sound from the west,” said Terry Shade, KOA VP of company-owned properties. “Everything at the campground worked just as intended.”
The entire Outer Banks area has been evacuated prior to the arrival of Hurricane Dorian.
The campground also escaped damage from Hurricane Arthur in 2014 and Hurricane Florence in 2018.