In 1996, Hurricane Bertha made landfall south of the Outer Banks on Topsail Beach in mid-July. The Category 2 storm brought 104 mph winds and a 5-foot storm surge.
Hurricane Irene came ashore at Cape Lookout and moved directly over the OBX in 2011, causing significant flooding throughout the area that damaged countless homes and washing roads out in several areas. The storm cut two new inlets on Hatteras Island, one of which was a massive inlet that is now the site of the Captain Richard Etheridge Bridge.
In 2006, Tropical Storm Ernesto initially did not seem like it would have much of an impact on the OBX, but it ended up causing a great deal of damage to the northern Outer Banks. Over a foot of rain fell, flooding roads and homes. The sand roads on the 4×4 beaches were flooded for weeks after the storm.