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Governor Bev. Perdue says N.C. dodged a bullet as the storm hit off the coast as a category 2 hurricane. Most of North Carolina’s beaches are open for visitors this Labor Day weekend after Hurricane Earl landed less of a blow than feared.

“It’s going to be a beautiful Labor Day weekend in North Carolina,” says Gov. Bev Perdue.

 All beaches – and the bridges connecting them to the mainland – have been reopened from the South Carolina border north through Carteret County. That includes the Wilimington area, Crystal Coast and Core and Bogue banks.

“It wound up being a pretty minor event for us – just a little bit of wind, little bit of rain, but generally no significant problems to speak of,” Emerald Isle Town Manager Frank Rush said.

“Basically, we hope that by the end of the day, we can say that every single strip of our beach is open for business,” Perdue said. “But we know this morning that up through Carteret County, folks who have summer plans can come on back and end up their summer here in North Carolina.”

Crews are working to remove sand assess damage to N.C. Highway 12, which is closed south of the Oregon Inlet Bridge from Hatteras Island to Ocracoke Island.



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