Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina will engage your senses. Shaped by the forces of water, wind and storms, these islands are always changing. The plants, wildlife and people who live here adapt continually. Whether you are walking on the beach, kayaking on the sound or climbing up the lighthouse, there is something for everyone to explore. Sunrise photo by Dennis Kowalewski (

A road broken in five places: "Officials survey the damage to Route 12 on Hatteras Island, N.C., on Aug. 28. Hurricane Irene swept through the area Saturday cutting the roadway in five locations. Irene caused more than 4.5 million homes and businesses along the East Coast to reportedly lose power over the weekend, and at least 11 deaths were blamed on the storm.“ Roughly 2,500 people are stuck on Hatteras Island as a result of this. (thanks kateoplis)