During hurricane Irene, some residents were forced to leave their homes. Some went to shelters, but we spoke to one family who rode out the storm in a tree house.
A 4-feet by 6-feet tree house is where Shari Tourlitis, her husband, 10- year-old son, and their cat, sought shelter. Shari says their Pamlico Beach home started to sway as water from the sound started flowing into their one-story home. With the road submerged they realized they couldn't leave. The only high ground on their property was their tree house that Mr.Tourlitis built for his son. Six hours later, after the storm subsided, the family was thankful to get through unharmed.
"After going through that, having the flood and the winds as fierce as they were, and we walked out of the tree house and not one of the three us had a scratch on us, I mean, that's a miracle in and of itself, and we're grateful for that," said Shari Tourlitis.
The family says their home will be rebuilt and the tree house will always stay on the property.