Locals Reflect On Hurricane Bertha As Tropical Storm Bertha Forms In Atlantic

Tropical Storm Bertha formed in the Atlantic late Thursday night. As the storm develops and continues on its track, folks are remembering back to 1996 when Hurricane Bertha hit the North Carolina coast.

Bertha ripped through Eastern Carolina in July of that year, causing millions of dollars in damage to residents and business owners.

Today Lonnie Smith and his wife are still the operators of North Topsail Island's Surf City Campground. They say they remember Bertha well.

The campground was hit hard by the hurricane, as it scattered RV's and mobile homes about the lot. Smith recalls high winds and flooding causing most of the damage. Surprisingly, Smith says his office building survived the storm.

"I guess because it's a blocked structure and not that many windows and stuff in here to take this place at one time," says Smith. "It come in gradually. That water and sand, you mix that together and you got problems."

Smith says the office building is still standing.

As for Tropical Storm Bertha, forecasters don't expect it will make landfall in our state. Our experts will continue to keep a close eye on its path.


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