NC Motel Owner Relives Devastation Of Hurricane Floyd

Hurricane Brings Back Memories of Floyd

Oak Island, NC -- For many people living on the North Carolina coast, Hurricane Matthew brings back memories of the infamous Hurricane Floyd.

As a strong category 2 storm, Floyd devastated Oak Island in 1999. It's a day Walt Lorgan will always remember.

"Floyd came in here, when it came in here, the wind died down but the waves did not."

The powerful hurricane crashed ashore and destroyed much of what was his restaurant, a fishing pier and the Ocean Crest Motel.

"You couldn't see the street at all, it was completely covered with sand, it was covered with debris. We knew where we were going, but at the same time it just didn't look the same."

The storm caused $2 million in damage to his property.

"The side of the restaurant over there was completely gone. The pier was completely gone."

It took 18 months of rebuilding before Walt and his team could start renting rooms again.

With Hurricane Matthew headed up the North Carolina Coast, he's better off today than he was when Floyd hit. 

"I think we've learned our lessons over time of coming here that you can't tell what's going to happen, it changes minute by minute."

As Hurricane Matthew pushes closer, Walt says he's focused on what's really important.

"You don't know what's going to happen. At the same time you have to worry about your own life, which I think is the most important thing here."

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