Outer Banks island ravaged by storms and virus restrictions

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Hurricane Dorian Flooding in the Outer Banks (Photo: CBS News)

OCRACOKE, NC (AP) — A secluded tourist destination on North Carolina’s Outer Banks is having an extremely tough year.

Ocracoke Island is recovering from the most damaging hurricane in its recorded history and the near-economic paralysis wrought by one of the world’s worst pandemics.

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A little more than half of the island’s businesses have reopened since the hurricane struck and pandemic-related restrictions were lifted.

Their owners are hoping to recoup some of their losses as tourists return, albeit in smaller than usual numbers.

They don’t have much time: The hurricane season is expected to heat up again here in August.