The Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962 was considered to be one of the greatest northeasters of all time along the Middle Atlantic Coast. High tides, continuous rain and high winds buffeted the Outer Banks of North Carolina for three days as the storm stalled along the coast. Homes, hotels, motels, and resort businesses were destroyed along North Carolina's Outer Banks from Cape Hatteras, Nags Head, and Kill Devil Hills north to Virginia Beach, where the waves broke the concrete boardwalk and sea wall. Coastal areas of North Carolina were battered and thousands of homes and businesses were flooded and many destroyed. Property damage was caused in North Carolina and five other states was valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
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