NC county considers evacuation of 1 area

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Officials in one North Carolina county are considering ordering an evacuation of an area that's reachable only by a beach road as Hurricane Earl threatens the state's coast.

Currituck County has a 12-mile-long area known as Corova that has no paved roads and is reachable only by four-wheel-drive vehicles on the beach. Emergency Management Director Mary Beth Newns says officials are considering an evacuation of that area, which has about 800 homes and about 100 full-time residents.

She says authorities believe that overwash from high tide and storm surge will cover that beach road. No evacuation had been ordered by late Wednesday morning.

County spokesman Randall Edwards says the county hasn't ordered an evacuation since 2003, when Hurricane Isabel struck.

Earl's strongest winds are expected to reach the coast Thursday night into Friday morning.

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