Earl sends some tourists packing; opens beach for locals
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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- Uneasiness about Hurricane Earl sent many vacationers packing earlier than they planned. That opened up Carolina Beach for the locals.

Though it looked like a ghost town, Carolina Beach played host to some folks who wanted to see the beauty and power of hurricane earl up close. Many of them said the sights of earl were too good to pass up.

"Enjoy a little bit of it. It's nature, and nature does beautiful things," Bernadette Wieland of Wilmington said. "Look at that beauty. Look at that beauty."

Some folks took a chance and waded into the water even though red flags were up. Many in the water didn't stay in long before powerful waves forced them out.

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