NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, N.C. | Beyond hurricanes, rising seas menace barrier island homes

14Sep - by Editor - 0 - In STL.News



NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, N.C. — Richard Barnett spent his week boarding up the windows of million-dollar homes perched precariously at the northern tip of Topsail Island, a narrow spit of North Carolina ringed with sandbags to offer some armor against the pounding surf.

A local handyman, he knew some of those houses might not be there next week.

“When Fran came, it tore all these houses apart,” Barnett said, referring to the 1996 hurricane that ravaged the area.

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