OUTER BANKS, DARE COUNTY-- Some parts of Ocracoke appear to be in pretty bad shape.
One lifelong Ocracoke resident says the flooding substantially surpassed that of last year`s Hurricane Isabel.
The Hyde County Sheriff, L.B. Johnson, says at least 300 cars were flooded out and close to 4,000 tourists are stranded on Ocracoke Island.
On Hatteras Island Tuesday, power companies reported more than 10,000 people were without power.
Later in the afternoon that number was down to 3,000.