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VIDEO: Outer Banks home collapses into ocean, the second in same day

National Parks Service officials said more homes in the Rodanthe area could collapse in the near future.

RODANTHE, N.C. — Two homes in Rodanthe on the North Carolina Outer Banks collapsed into the ocean in a matter of hours on Tuesday. 

Cape Hatteras National Seashore shared video of a home on Ocean Drive crumbling into the waves in the afternoon. 

NEWS RELEASE Second house collapses at Cape Hatteras National Seashore Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) has confirmed that an unoccupied house at 24265 Ocean Drive, Rodanthe, N.C. collapsed this afternoon. This is the second unoccupied house collapse of the day at the Seashore. The beach near Ocean Drive is closed and law enforcement officials will close Ocean Drive shortly. Visitors are cautioned to stay away from the beach in this area. Additional details will be provided via Seashore social media, when available. As photos and videos from near the collapsed house sites are taken, they will be posted to the Seashore’s Flickr page at https://www.flickr.com/photos/capehatterasnps.

Posted by Cape Hatteras National Seashore on Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Just hours earlier, another Ocean Drive home fell into the seashore. 

No one was inside either of the homes. 

Cape Hatteras National Seashore said the beach near Ocean Drive is closed and law enforcement officials will close the road too. Visitors are cautioned to stay away from the area. 

Three homes in Rodanthe have collapsed into the ocean so far this year.

On Feb. 9, another home on Ocean Drive fell into the seashore due to erosion, according to officials. The debris spread across many miles of beaches before the homeowner and volunteers efforted a cleanup event. Most of the debris was removed, but some smaller pieces of debris are still being found from this home, NPS said. 

NEWS RELEASE Another house in Rodanthe, N.C. collapses at Cape Hatteras National Seashore Cape Hatteras National...

Posted by Cape Hatteras National Seashore on Tuesday, May 10, 2022

“Unfortunately, there may be more houses that collapse onto Seashore beaches in the near future,” said David Hallac, superintendent, National Parks of Eastern North Carolina. “We proactively reached out to homeowners along Ocean Drive in Rodanthe after the first house collapse and recommended that actions be taken to prevent collapse and impacts to Cape Hatteras National Seashore.”

Cape Hatteras National Seashore said it will be working closely with the homeowners to coordinate cleanup. 

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