Outer Banks lashed with wind and rain as storm moves up the East Coast.
Hurricane Earl pounded the Outer Banks of North Carolina over night.
The eye has stayed off shore, but the storm's effects are being felt up the coast and could still threaten the Eastern Seaboard for another 24 hours or more.
Through the dark of night, Earl brought lashing winds and sent rain sideways, rattling buildings along the outer banks.
As mountains of white surf piled up, those who took their chances riding out the storm could only hope they had made the right decision.
The glancing blow of the storm was enough to send many packing earlier in the day.
To the north in New England many were making that same decision.
Ferries filled with vacationers headed out and emergency vehicles headed on to vulnerable islands.
In the next few hours officials say they'll be out patrolling for damage here on the outer banks.
The Coast Guard will also be surveying from the air and has choppers ready to fly search and rescue flights if needed.