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Outer Banks weighs Sandy's flooding, wave damage

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KILL DEVIL HILLS, NC (AP) -- People on North Carolina's Outer Banks are bracing for more flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

The Category 1 hurricane is bringing light rain and diminishing winds to the coast Monday, but more flooding on low-lying Hatteras and Ocracoke islands is expected with high tide.

Hyde County Emergency officials say Ocracoke was inundated by more than two feet of water in some spots. Stranded visitors and residents cannot move along long stretches of 70-mile-long Hatteras Island because the main highway is covered with sand and salt water as storm-driven waves punched through protective dunes. At least one oceanfront home in Rodanthe collapsed.

The state Transportation Department closed the bridge over Oregon Inlet because inspectors determined a loose section of railing made it unsafe for traffic.

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