KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- If you’re planning on taking a trip to the beach this weekend you might want to watch your step once you get there.
After four days of wind and rain, up to 3 feet of sand has been washed away from the beaches around Pleasure Island.
"It's sad, it's really sad, but it just tells you the power of a storm off of the ocean and it's pretty crazy," said Renee Johnson.
Four days of wind and rain have sent waves slamming into the beach and now stir-crazy residents are getting their first look at the damage.
"We thought we'd come down and see it live,” said Dwight Johnson, Jr. “The waves have went down quite a bit. They were up pretty big yesterday."
Waves high enough to wash over the dunes and sweep up to two feet of sand out to sea combined with howling winds knocked over the lifeguard stands that dot the beach.
The surf even gave one lifeguard stand a new home in the sand underneath the Kure Beach Fishing Pier.
"There's a lot of erosion, and I hate to see that, but it's still beautiful,” said Renee Johnson. “No matter if it is cold or what, it's still beautiful."
Despite the destruction, with tourist season just around the corner there’s no need to get swept up with emotion.
"Kure Beach, and all around here, they pretty well take care of it so they'll pretty much have this fixed up in no time at all,” said Johnson.