The Outer Banks (also known as OBX) is a 200-mile (320-km) long string of narrow barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina and a small portion of Virginia, beginning in the southeastern corner of Virginia Beach on the east coast of the United States. They cover most of the North Carolina coastline, separating the Currituck Sound, Albemarle Sound, and Pamlico Sound from the Atlantic Ocean.
The Outer Banks is a major tourist destination and is known for its temperate climate and wide expanse of open beachfront. The Cape Hatteras National Seashore has four campgrounds where visitors may camp.
The Wright brothers' first flight in a powered, heavier-than-air vehicle took place on the Outer Banks on December 17, 1903, at Kill Devil Hills near the seafront town of Kitty Hawk. The Wright Brothers National Monument commemorates the historic flights, and First Flight Airport is a small, general-aviation airfield located there.
The English Roanoke Colony—where the first person of English descent, Virginia Dare, was born on American soil—vanished from Roanoke Island in 1587. The Lost Colony, written and performed to commemorate the original colonists, is the longest running outdoor drama in the United States and its theater acts as a cultural focal point for much of the Outer Banks.
The treacherous seas off the Outer Banks and the large number of shipwrecks that have occurred there have given these seas the nickname Graveyard of the Atlantic. The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is located in Hatteras Village near the United States Coast Guard facility and Hatteras ferry.
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... An unnamed tropical depression moves across the Outer Banks, bringing locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds ... May 26, 1972 – Subtropical Storm Alpha attains gale force winds to the southeast of the Outer Banks after dropping 6.97 inches (177 mm) of rainfall at Ocracoke ... force winds and beach erosion along the Outer Banks ...
... Pigman's Bar-B-Que is an Outer Banks landmark as well as a premiere BBQ restaurant on the Outer Banks of North Carolina ... It started out as a small ham shop on the Outer Banks in the late 1980s, and has since gone on to win multiple awards like "Best on the Beach." It has been featured in such publications as Southern Living magazine and "T ...
... September 16, 1932 – A tropical storm brushes the Outer Banks ... September 15, 1933 – The Outer Banks hurricane produces heavy rainfall, strong winds, and high tides ... September 8, 1934 – The Outer Banks are affected by a hurricane transitioning into an extratropical cyclone, with heavy rainfall and gusty winds reported ...
... July 11, 1901 – A hurricane strikes the Outer Banks from the northeast, producing gusty winds but no serious damage. 1903 – A storm known as the Vagabond Hurricane passes just east of the Outer Banks, producing gusty winds but little damage ... May 29, 1908 – A hurricane passes just east of the Outer Banks, though its strongest winds remain offshore ...
... September 12, 1960 – Hurricane Donna moves across the Outer Banks, causing heavy damage from the combination of high winds and waves ... Storm Alma attains hurricane status near the Outer Banks, though winds on land are minor, and little damage is reported ... October 15, 1969 – Originally predicted to strike the Outer Banks, Hurricane Kara passes offshore, only affecting small craft ...
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