by: Dave Faherty Updated:
OUTER BANKS, N.C. - People are already taking precautions along the Outer Banks ahead of Tropical Storm Arthur.
On the way in, Channel 9 saw several people who had already packed up and were heading away from the coast.
Eyewitness News reporter Dave Faherty traveled south along Highway 12 where the North Carolina Department of Transportation has already prepositioned equipment to repair any possible damage from over wash.
In the past, hurricanes like Isabelle in 2003 did more than $2 million in damages to the two lane road.
The park service has closed campgrounds and tourist attractions like the Cape Hatteras lighthouse, which closed at noon.
Channel 9 spoke with one couple from Virginia who packed up Wednesday morning and pulled out. They were concerned that the area they were staying at was only a few feet above the sound.
Back in 2011, Hurricane Irene completely washed out Highway 1, which is a lifeline to the Outer Banks.
Crews had to build a temporary bridge there. The NCDOT is still working to get money to build a permanent bridge.