Sandy brings high tides, unexpected visitors to Carolina coast
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CAROLINA BEACH, N.C.--Sandy has brought a lot of rain and wind to the Carolina coast.
Even with the stormy weather, people are not staying away from the beach and some are even visiting from out of state to see the storm up close.
Greensboro resident Dan Mills traveled to Carolina Beach on Saturday to visit family and spend a weekend relaxing by the ocean.
"We've got some lawn furniture out on the deck that we've got put up. It's a good thing. You never know what might happen. It could blow around,” said Mills.
With high winds ripping through the coastal community, the risk of things blowing around was one of the biggest concerns.
But most said Sandy hasn't compared to storms they've weathered in the past.
"This one is very weak actually. I've been in stronger ones, like category twos, and it's more horrible," said South Carolina resident Zharbray Livingston.
"Basically, I never run from the hurricanes. Basically, I just face them head on. I'm just a faithful guy if you know what I mean," said South Carolina resident Learnant Livingston.
But Sandy's strength, or lack thereof for the Carolina coast didn't stop storm watchers from flocking to the beach.
High tides have caused some beach erosion and flooding problems along Canal Drive.
The street even had to be shut down for part of the day until the water receded.
"This is definitely a learning opportunity for him, because basically we are used to storms impacting the South Carolina area of the coast, and this one is actually out to sea," said Livingston.
"We're riding it out together safely, as safely as possible," said Mills.
While it wasn't everyone's idea of a perfect beach weekend, people like Livingston, his son and Mills said they were determined to make the most of it.
High winds are expected to continue the rest of the weekend.