An unoccupied beachfront home in North Carolina was caught on video collapsing and plunging into the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday amid high winds and large waves.
“Unfortunately, there may be more houses that collapse onto Seashore beaches in the near future,” David Hallac, the superintendent of National Parks of Eastern North Carolina, said in a news release after the first home collapsed.
“We proactively reached out to homeowners along Ocean Drive in Rodanthe after the first house collapse and recommended that actions be taken to prevent collapse and impacts to Cape Hatteras National Seashore.”
The video by Cape Hatteras National Seashore showed the unoccupied home crumbling into the surf on Tuesday morning after the wooden support beams it was standing on gave way.
There previously was another home that collapsed into the sand at Cape Hatteras National Seashore on Feb. 9 that prompted an ongoing cleanup, according to the NPS. All three homes that fell down were on Ocean Drive in Rodanthe.
The second home collapsed Tuesday afternoon, prompting authorities to close the beach, according to the NPS.
Coastal flooding warnings and high surf advisories for waves up to 15 feet are in effect through Thursday in the Outer Banks region, according to the National Weather Service.