How it Began
It started as showers and thunderstorms in the Atlantic ocean. Then early in the morning on August 3,2004 Hurricane Alex hit the southern coast of North Carolina. It started as a category 1 but got stronger and stronger until it was a category 3 on the Saffir-simpson scale (The scale of hurricane categories).
The clean up Efforts
With their Outer Banks island disheveled by a hurricane’s glancing blow at the height of tourist season, officials here Thursday had two urgent messages for visitors: Get out now, but come back soon.
Thursday’s evacuation was ordered because state officials decided that keeping outsiders on Ocracoke Island would many clean up efforts efforts by its 800 full-time residents to clean up and recover from Hurricane Alex, which brought floods and power outages.