Frying Pan Tower auctioning off American flag to help those hit hardest by Isaias

Frying Pan Tower auctioning off American flag to help those hit hardest by Isaias
(Explore.org)

OAK ISLAND, N.C. — The Frying Pan Tower off the Carolina coast is auctioning off their American flag “Constance” in an effort to help people in the Oak Island and Southport area that were hit hardest by Hurricane Isaias.

The flag flew as Isaias made landfall in North Carolina on Monday night.

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At least seven people were killed as the storm battered the East Coast. Two of those victims were killed in Bertie County by an EF-3 tornado spawned by the hurricane.

”If you’re familiar with flags we’ve flown out on the tower before, we’ve been lucky enough with the good folks that have actually bought them in an auction, that we’ve been able to help the American Red Cross and the Ocracoke folks,” Richard Neal said. “And what we’d like to do now is take this flag, auction it off, and donate the proceeds to the people in the Southport, Oak Island area.”

The flag has not officially gone up for auction yet, but Neal said they will update their Facebook page when it is on the market.

Since the flag has been taken down, the Frying Pan Tower has been flying a new one in its place.

The Frying Pan Tower is a decommissioned lighthouse that sits about 30 miles off the North Carolina Coast.

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