New school planned on North Carolina island hit by Hurricane Dorian

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Damage left behind from Hurricane Dorian of a school in Ocracoke in Sept. 2019. (Photo: Ocracoke School Campus)

OCRACOKE, NC (AP) — A new school is set to be built on a North Carolina barrier island that was hit by a hurricane last year, leaving the former building heavily damaged.

News outlets have reported that Hurricane Dorian struck the Outer Banks’ Ocracoke Island in September 2019, sending more than 5 feet of water into some areas, and flooding the only school building on the island.

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The Virginian Pilot says a $9.5 million building is now set to be built as a replacement.

The structure will sit more than 7 feet above sea level, and is expected to be completed in 2022.

The newspaper said state and federal dollars will fund the construction.