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Incredible video footage has captured the moment an Outer Banks beach house on North Carolina's coast crumbled into the ocean due to high tides and strong winds.
Two properties fell into the waves, U.S. National Park Service officials said in a statement on Tuesday, warning that other homes in the area are at risk of the same fate due to high tides and strong winds.
The unoccupied homes were located along Ocean Drive in the Outer Banks community of Rodanthe, which is a part of Hatteras Island — approximately 30 miles away from the mainland. The park service confirmed that it has closed off the areas around the houses.'Fabulous sh*t everywhere'! Khloe Kardashian explores Kris Jenner's opulent new home in teaser for The Kardashians, and other top stories from May 11, 2022.
One home at 24235 Ocean Drive fell into the ocean overnight into Tuesday.
Video shows the second home's wooden pillars collapsing after a high wave struck the home at around 1pm Tuesday.
It only took a total of four minutes for the beach home to fully collapse and disintegrate into debris before spreading around Hatteras Island, located 30 miles away from North Carolina's coast
Plenty of debris was found in the on the island village of Rodanthe's shores before the home's collapse around 1p.m.
Another beach house in the area collapsed awfully close to another along the state's Outer Banks later on Tuesday
The two beach houses collapsed in the Rodanthe area, which is a part of Hatteras Island — approximately 30 miles away from the mainland
It then slowly drifted away from the shore by the ocean's current. It only took approximately four minutes for the home to fully cave into the ocean and disintegrate into debris, with only its upper half staying undamaged and afloat.
Officials from the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, which is part of the park service, said they will be working closely with the owners of both homes to coordinate cleanup activities.
This is the third time a home has fallen into the surf this year. A house in Rodanthe collapsed in February and spread debris across many miles of beaches before the homeowner and volunteers were able to clean most of it up. However, clean up efforts for smaller pieces of debris continues.
'Unfortunately, there may be more houses that collapse onto Seashore beaches in the near future,' David Hallac — superintendent of National Parks of Eastern North Carolina, said in a statement.
'We proactively reached out to homeowners along Ocean Drive in Rodanthe after the first house collapse and recommended that actions be taken to prevent collapse and impacts to Cape Hatteras National Seashore.'
This is the home at 24235 Ocean Drive that fell into the ocean overnight into Tuesday
Maximum wind gusts of 45-50 mph, and a Coastal Flood Warning remains in effect until early Thursday morning, according to weather experts
Some beach houses along North Carolina's shore, such as this one, are built shockingly close to the water
North Carolina's coast is almost entirely made up of narrow, low-lying barrier islands. Hatteras Island is part of what's known as the Outer Banks.
Flooding on the coast's NC (North Carolina) -12 highway may continue onto Wednesday. Officials are asking residents to avoid driving in the area.
Hundreds of pricey vacation homes have been built there in places where experts say they probably should not have been. The islands are particularly vulnerable to storm surges and to being washed over from both sides.
Development only makes the problem worse because communities replenish shorelines that are eroding or have been depleted by storms. As sea levels rise, barrier islands typically move toward the mainland over long periods of time. Holding them in place by artificial means only makes them more vulnerable.