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Outer Banks begins clean up after Hurricane Sandy

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) -- People on North Carolina's Outer Banks are facing some flooding and damage from Hurricane Sandy, but emergency management officials say it could have been worse.

The Category 1 hurricane brought light rain and winds to the North Carolina coast Monday. Most counties reported no major damage or storm related injuries, although some roads were flooded, including N.C. Highway 12 — a major thoroughfare.

North Carolina Transportation Department spokeswoman Greer Beaty said the highway was closed Tuesday until crews inspect the road. She said there's sand and water on parts of the highway, and workers are looking for other possible damage.

Ferry service is currently the only way to move people in and out of the area. At least two ferries are up and running.

Currituck County Emergency Management spokesman Randall Edwards said most of the roads in his county were passable. He said the skies were clearing Tuesday morning, though it was windy.

In Carteret County, Emergency Management spokeswoman Joann Smith said there was standing water on some roads. Hyde County also reported no homes were flooded.

In other counties, emergency management officials are still assessing the damage.