Update - 9/3/2010 "After the Storm"
Both Nags Head (where I spent much of my teenage years) and Manteo (where I went to high school)... took their "licks" from Hurricane Earl. Check out both the video and news story from WAVY.com here. In the video, the damaged Shell station is located on the causeway between Nags Head and Manteo. I use to travel that route daily to school. The fallen tree and damage in the town of Manteo was approximately one mile from the old Manteo high school I attended! Sobering images and a reminder of what even a "down graded" hurricane can do.