Pamlico Beach Family Rode Out Hurricane Irene In Tree House

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

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.


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  • by Jim Bonkley Location: Wilson nc on Sep 10, 2011 at 07:42 PM
    When you have lived on the water all your life,,you know what to do and what not to do,,these people could ride out a storm if it was to the tops of the trees,they were born on the water, those people from pb can breath water,i have been there and been around these guys,they do what they have to,,these people can eat tree bark and drink ditch water and never get sick,,dont kid yourself,,if they thought they were in danger from a storm they would leave,a lot of the guys have been in rougher times on a boat working than what irene was,,so the 1s of you that are not from pb you have a nice day !!
  • by DogLover on Sep 9, 2011 at 10:11 AM
    Thank goodness for the playhouse. Glad you survived. God keeps his hand upon those who are faithful.
  • by Anonymous Location: hurricane alley on Sep 9, 2011 at 09:35 AM
    Bet they find a way to raise that home or get away from a flood prone area. It is good to see these hazards being made public for others to learn.
  • by AnonymousD Location: IBX on Sep 9, 2011 at 03:46 AM
    Why are you people so rude? There are many people who don't want to leave their homes during a storm and Irene was only a "Category I". No one knew the storm would linger so long to cause such extensive flooding. I'm so thankful this family had somewhere they could be safe when their home was not. I'm also glad to finally see the media reporting on Pamlico Beach.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 9, 2011 at 08:33 AM in reply to AnonymousD
      Because doing what we "want" and doing what is Right might not always be the same, however we should do what we are told. Things like this could be avoided.
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      by AnonymousII on Sep 12, 2011 at 08:20 AM in reply to AnonymousD
      Exactly! So what if they wanted to "stay"... They had a child to look out for.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 8, 2011 at 05:33 PM
    I have noticed that people up here, not all, are fast to judge others. It seems it is the same ones all the time. I'm sorry they had to stay in a tree house through part of the storm, however I am glad they had sense enough to look for another alternative when they knew they were in danger. Sometimes in life we make choices, some good some bad. Tis life and learning. Perhaps a little empathy, a little encouragement is what we all need. A caring society would be nice.
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      by bs on Sep 8, 2011 at 07:59 PM in reply to
      i would have more caring/empathy for them if they had came home and found the situation. not so much that they chose to stay in a low lying area then ended up in a ten foot high dog house.
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        by Wow on Sep 9, 2011 at 08:14 AM in reply to bs
        Sorry not everyone has the money or resources to seek shelter elsewhere. I wish we could all be as rich and wise as you!
  • by shirley Location: North Carolina on Sep 8, 2011 at 11:26 AM
    It proves that God is still in control of all things.
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      by rl on Sep 8, 2011 at 03:55 PM in reply to shirley
      Was God in control when people died?
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      by me on Sep 8, 2011 at 03:57 PM in reply to shirley
      Who was in control when people died?
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        by Anonymous on Sep 8, 2011 at 05:35 PM in reply to me
        No one leaves this earth alive. Death is passage that we all will pass. However for those of us who trust God, know that it's only the beginning.
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        by to me on Sep 16, 2011 at 04:37 AM in reply to me
        nobody gets out alive
  • by Happy for You Location: Windsor on Sep 8, 2011 at 11:24 AM
    God surely blessed these people.
  • by Happy on Sep 8, 2011 at 11:22 AM
    I am truly happy they servived.I feel it was in the will of God. MAY gOD CONT.to bless them.
  • by sunnyI on Sep 8, 2011 at 11:22 AM
    god was with you all
  • by Chuck WireWiggler Location: ChazWorld, Hyde Branch on Sep 8, 2011 at 08:15 AM
    was thier last name Carruso?? Just askin', Hey Robinson I have a project coming up, contact me.....
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      by Anonymous on Sep 8, 2011 at 07:42 PM in reply to Chuck WireWiggler
      I think it's spelled Crusoe RESEARCH IT !!!
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