Emerald Isle Mayor: ‘The Devastation Is Just Unreal’ After Dorian Tornado | NBC News Now


MEGHAN MARKLE IS COMING TO CHEER ON HER FRIENDS. ON HER FRIENDS. NOW YOU KNOW. NOW YOU KNOW.>>>DORIAN HIT THE OUTER BANKS>>>DORIAN HIT THE OUTER BANKS OF NORTH CAROLINA AROUND 9:00 OF NORTH CAROLINA AROUND 9:00 THIS MORNING. THIS MORNING. WE’VE BEEN FOLLOWING DORIAN’S WE’VE BEEN FOLLOWING DORIAN’S PATH ALL WEEK LONG. PATH ALL WEEK LONG. A TORNADO HIT AS THE STORM WAS A TORNADO HIT AS THE STORM WAS APPROACHING. APPROACHING. SIMONE, I COULD SEE DEBRIS SIMONE, I COULD SEE DEBRIS BEHIND YOU. BEHIND YOU. IT SOUNDS IT’S NOT RAIN AND IT SOUNDS IT’S NOT RAIN AND WATER SURGE BUT TORNADOES ARE WATER SURGE BUT TORNADOES ARE THE PROBLEM? THE PROBLEM?>>Reporter: ALLISON, THE>>Reporter: ALLISON, THE DEVASTATION HERE IS ABSOLUTELY DEVASTATION HERE IS ABSOLUTELY SURREAL. SURREAL. WHERE I’M WALKING, HONESTLY IT WHERE I’M WALKING, HONESTLY IT LOOKS LIKE IT COULD BE A FILM LOOKS LIKE IT COULD BE A FILM SET BUT THIS IS REALITY FOR THE SET BUT THIS IS REALITY FOR THE RESIDENTS OF THIS TIGHT-KNIT RESIDENTS OF THIS TIGHT-KNIT COMMUNITY HERE IN EMERALD ISLE. COMMUNITY HERE IN EMERALD ISLE. A BEACH SIDE COMMUNITY AND AS A BEACH SIDE COMMUNITY AND AS YOU CAN SEE BEHIND ME THEY ARE YOU CAN SEE BEHIND ME THEY ARE BEGINNING TO PICK UP THE PIECES BEGINNING TO PICK UP THE PIECES HERE. HERE. THIS WATERSPOUT TORE THROUGH THIS WATERSPOUT TORE THROUGH HERE YESTERDAY MORNING AT AROUND HERE YESTERDAY MORNING AT AROUND 9:00 A.M. 9:00 A.M. THANKFULLY THAT WAS AFTER THANKFULLY THAT WAS AFTER MANDATORY EVACUATIONS HAD BEEN MANDATORY EVACUATIONS HAD BEEN PUT IN PLACE A DAY EARLIER. PUT IN PLACE A DAY EARLIER. SO NO LIVES WERE LOST HERE WHICH SO NO LIVES WERE LOST HERE WHICH WAS TRULY A MIRACLE BUT WAS TRULY A MIRACLE BUT OBVIOUSLY THERE IS A LONG ROAD OBVIOUSLY THERE IS A LONG ROAD OF RECOVERY AND REBUILDING AHEAD OF RECOVERY AND REBUILDING AHEAD FOR THESE FOLKS HERE. FOR THESE FOLKS HERE. I SPOKE TO THE MAYOR OF EMERALD I SPOKE TO THE MAYOR OF EMERALD ISLE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED HERE ISLE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED HERE YESTERDAY AND WHAT NEXT STEPS YESTERDAY AND WHAT NEXT STEPS LOOK LIKE. LOOK LIKE. DO YOU KNOW WHAT CAUSED THIS DO YOU KNOW WHAT CAUSED THIS DEVASTATION. DEVASTATION.>>IT WAS A WATERSPOUT.>>IT WAS A WATERSPOUT. THIS HAPPENED HE YESTERDAY THIS HAPPENED HE YESTERDAY MORNING AT ABOUT 9:00. MORNING AT ABOUT 9:00. ONE OF THE OUTER FEEDER BANDS. ONE OF THE OUTER FEEDER BANDS. IT CAUSED SOME WATER SPOUTS. IT CAUSED SOME WATER SPOUTS. WE’VE HAD WATER SPOUTS HERE WE’VE HAD WATER SPOUTS HERE BEFORE BUT THIS IS BY FAR THE BEFORE BUT THIS IS BY FAR THE WORST WATERSPOUT WVE HAD. WORST WATERSPOUT WVE HAD. THE DEVASTATION IS UNREAL. THE DEVASTATION IS UNREAL.>>WHAT DOES THE REBUILDING>>WHAT DOES THE REBUILDING PROCESS LOOK LIKE FROM HERE. PROCESS LOOK LIKE FROM HERE.>>WE’RE FILING PRELIMINARY>>WE’RE FILING PRELIMINARY REPORTS. REPORTS. WE’LL SEE IF WE QUALIFY FOR FEMA WE’LL SEE IF WE QUALIFY FOR FEMA AID OR OTHER AID. AID OR OTHER AID. OUR STAFF HAD A MEETING THIS OUR STAFF HAD A MEETING THIS MORNING. MORNING. WE TALKED ABOUT THIS. WE TALKED ABOUT THIS. TRYING TO GET THE ROADWAYS TRYING TO GET THE ROADWAYS CLEANED UP SO CARS CAN ACCESS CLEANED UP SO CARS CAN ACCESS THE AREA. THE AREA. ROADS AND BRIDGE IS BACK UP AS ROADS AND BRIDGE IS BACK UP AS OF 12:00 TODAY. OF 12:00 TODAY. WE’RE REALLY TRYING TO REACH OUT WE’RE REALLY TRYING TO REACH OUT AND BRING PEOPLE BACK TO OUR AND BRING PEOPLE BACK TO OUR BEACH AND LEAPT THE RESIDENTS BEACH AND LEAPT THE RESIDENTS COME BACK AND SHAKE OUT THEIR COME BACK AND SHAKE OUT THEIR PROPERTY. PROPERTY.>>ANY IDEA WHERE THESE FOLKS>>ANY IDEA WHERE THESE FOLKS WILL LIVE IN THE MEANTIME? WILL LIVE IN THE MEANTIME?>>I HAVE NOT HEARD YET.>>I HAVE NOT HEARD YET. WE’RE WORKING ON THAT TOO. WE’RE WORKING ON THAT TOO. RIGHT NOW I CAN SAY WHERE THEY RIGHT NOW I CAN SAY WHERE THEY WILL BE LIVING. WILL BE LIVING.>>Reporter: ALLISON, JUST TO>>Reporter: ALLISON, JUST TO SHOW YOU THE EXTENT OF THE SHOW YOU THE EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE HERE, I MEAN THIS IS DAMAGE HERE, I MEAN THIS IS PRETTY HARD TO WRAP YOUR HEAD PRETTY HARD TO WRAP YOUR HEAD AROUND. AROUND. THIS IS A MOBILE HOME THAT’S THIS IS A MOBILE HOME THAT’S LITERALLY COMPLETELY UPSIDE LITERALLY COMPLETELY UPSIDE DOWN. DOWN. I’M STEPPING ON GLASS. I’M STEPPING ON GLASS. THE SINK IS SUSPENDED FROM THE THE SINK IS SUSPENDED FROM THE KRELG KRELG CEILING. CEILING. THIS IS PRETTY COMMON HERE. THIS IS PRETTY COMMON HERE. IT’S BEEN THRASHED AROUND LIKE IT’S BEEN THRASHED AROUND LIKE RAG DOLLS. RAG DOLLS. I MET A SURVIVOR TODAY WHO I MET A SURVIVOR TODAY WHO ACTUALLY LIVED THROUGH THIS ACTUALLY LIVED THROUGH THIS WATERSPOUT AS THEY RETURNED TO WATERSPOUT AS THEY RETURNED TO THIS COMMUNITY. THIS COMMUNITY.>>SIMONE, IT REALLY IS>>SIMONE, IT REALLY IS UNBELIEVABLE. UNBELIEVABLE. LOOKS LIKE SOME OF THOSE HOMES LOOKS LIKE SOME OF THOSE HOMES WERE BLOWN RIGHT OPEN. WERE BLOWN RIGHT OPEN. HELP OUR VIEWERS TELL US WHAT A HELP OUR VIEWERS TELL US WHAT A WATERSPOUT IS AND WHAT HAPPENS WATERSPOUT IS AND WHAT HAPPENS DURING A HURRICANE. DURING A HURRICANE. WHEN WE THE TALKED ABOUT THIS WHEN WE THE TALKED ABOUT THIS WOW TORNADOES WE DIDN’T EXPECT WOW TORNADOES WE DIDN’T EXPECT TO HEAR THAT. TO HEAR THAT.>>Reporter: WELL, I FIRST>>Reporter: WELL, I FIRST BECAME MORE ACCUSTOMED TO THE BECAME MORE ACCUSTOMED TO THE TERM WATERSPOUT YESTERDAY WHEN I TERM WATERSPOUT YESTERDAY WHEN I HAD AN EMERGENCY ALERT THAT ONE HAD AN EMERGENCY ALERT THAT ONE WAS FORMING OFF THE COAST WHERE WAS FORMING OFF THE COAST WHERE WE WERE STAYING IN MYRTLE BEACH. WE WERE STAYING IN MYRTLE BEACH. I’M NO EXPERT. I’M NO EXPERT. CHECK WITH AL ROKER. CHECK WITH AL ROKER. FROM WHAT I UNDER A WATERSPOUT FROM WHAT I UNDER A WATERSPOUT IS A TORNADO THAT FORMS UP IN IS A TORNADO THAT FORMS UP IN WATER AND GATHERS ITS ENERGY WATER AND GATHERS ITS ENERGY FROM THE WATER AND CONDITIONS IN FROM THE WATER AND CONDITIONS IN A HURRICANE LIKE HURRICANE A HURRICANE LIKE HURRICANE DORIAN ARE PRIME FOR THOSE WATER DORIAN ARE PRIME FOR THOSE WATER SPOUTS, ALLISON. SPOUTS, ALLISON.>>WE KNOW THAT THE AREA HAS>>WE KNOW THAT THE AREA HAS DEALT WITH HURRICANES BEFORE IF DEALT WITH HURRICANES BEFORE IF NOT TORNADOES. NOT TORNADOES. JUST LOOKING AT THE MESS BEHIND JUST LOOKING AT THE MESS BEHIND YOU. YOU. HOW DO PEOPLE EVEN THINK ABOUT HOW DO PEOPLE EVEN THINK ABOUT REBUILDING AFTER ALL THIS REBUILDING AFTER ALL THIS BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE IT WILL GO BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE IT WILL GO ON FOR SO LONG. ON FOR SO LONG.>>Reporter: WELL THESE STORMS>>Reporter: WELL THESE STORMS ARE A REALITY IN A COASTAL ARE A REALITY IN A COASTAL COMMUNITY LIKE EMERALD ISLE AND COMMUNITY LIKE EMERALD ISLE AND MANY PEOPLE HERE HAVE LIVED MANY PEOPLE HERE HAVE LIVED SEVERAL HURRICANES BEFORE THIS. SEVERAL HURRICANES BEFORE THIS. I SPOKE TO A WOMAN WHO HAD I SPOKE TO A WOMAN WHO HAD LITERALLY JUST REBUILT HER HOME LITERALLY JUST REBUILT HER HOME FROM HURRICANE FLORENCE A FEW FROM HURRICANE FLORENCE A FEW MILES AWAY FROM HERE. MILES AWAY FROM HERE. SHE NEARLY LOST HER RV HERE. SHE NEARLY LOST HER RV HERE. SHE ALSO MENTIONED TO ME THAT SHE ALSO MENTIONED TO ME THAT SEVERAL RESIDENTS HERE ARE SO SEVERAL RESIDENTS HERE ARE SO BLOWN BY WHAT’S HAPPENED AND BLOWN BY WHAT’S HAPPENED AND JUST HOW MANY STORM THEY’VE JUST HOW MANY STORM THEY’VE LIVED THROUGH IN THE PAST THEY LIVED THROUGH IN THE PAST THEY ARE NOT SURE THEY WILL RETURN AT ARE NOT SURE THEY WILL RETURN AT THIS POINT. THIS POINT. THAT THERE’S TOO MUCH RISK. THAT THERE’S TOO MUCH RISK. IT’S JUST NOT WORTH IT ANY MORE IT’S JUST NOT WORTH IT ANY MORE TO LIVE THIS CLOSE. TO LIVE THIS CLOSE.>>I CAN UNDERSTAND HOW THEY>>I CAN UNDERSTAND HOW THEY FEEL LOOKING AT THAT, YOU CAN’T FEEL LOOKING AT THAT, YOU CAN’T IMAGINE PEOPLE WANT TO GO

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