2022 was a remarkable year that will likely be remembered for its long list of milestone events and unusual stories. From three Rodanthe home collapses to the arrival of the new Ocracoke ferry, here is a roundup of the photos that captured our attention in a year full of eye-grabbing headlines.

Note: This is part 1 of the collection, which encompasses Jan. 1 through July 4. 

January 3, 2022: The year starts with a coastal storm that brings island-wide soundside flooding and ocean overwash, and closes N.C. Highway 12 on northern Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands.

Northern Hatteras Village on Jan. 3, 2022. Photo by Debbie A Chislow

January 17: A second January storm brings another round of soundside flooding

Tri-villages on Jan. 17 morning. Photo by William Zerrien.

January 24: A snowy owl is spotted on Hatteras Island

Photo by Jennifer Kniolek Fontanini

February 2-3, 2022: Two vessels are grounded on Oregon Inlet in dense fog conditions. All five passengers on board make it safely to shore.

Photo by Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

February 9, 2022:  A Rodanthe home collapses into the ocean overnight. It will be the first of three homes to collapse in 2022.

Ocean Drive in Rodanthe after the Feb. 9, 2022 house collapse. Photo by Brad Hanson

February 24, 2022: Ocracoke Express passenger ferry lands in Hatteras Village

Ocracoke Express after it arrives in Hatteras. Photo by Joy Crist

April 9: The Jug Handle Bridge hosts a pre-opening “Community Day” and the first-ever Run the Rodanthe Bridge event.

NCDOT and County officials celebrate the opening of the Jug Handle Bridge
A crowd waits to be among the first to walk on the Jug Handle Bridge.
Bikes and pedestrians on the Jug Handle Bridge.

April 25: Portsmouth Island celebrates the 2022 Portsmouth Island Homecoming

Photo by Don Bowers

April 25: 26 sea turtles are released in a special event that includes transported turtles from three New England aquariums.

The 26 turtles included one loggerhead sea turtle. Photo by Kip Tabb.

May 10-11: A May Nor’easter causes a multiple-day closure of N.C. Highway 12 and the collapse of two more Rodanthe homes along the oceanfront.

Pea Island on May 11. NCDOT image.
The first May 10 9+Rodanthe home collapse. photo by Chicamacomico Banks Fire & Rescue
Photo by Don Bowers of the second home that collapsed in Rodanthe on May 10.
The second Rodanthe home after it collapsed on Tuesday afternoon, May 10. Photo by Don Bowers.
The second Rodanthe home after it collapsed on Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Don Bowers.
Photo by Don Bowers of the home in Rodanthe, hours before it collapsed on Tuesday afternoon.

May 17: The new Ocracoke Express passenger ferry launches for the 2023 season.

Hyde County Manager Kris Noble officially christens the new Ocracoke Express passenger

May 20: The Worrell 1000, an East Coast sailing race, lands on Hatteras Island

Photo by Don Bowers

June 11: 41 Seniors receive diplomas at Cape Hatteras Secondary School’s Graduation Ceremony

Photo by Don Bowers

June 20: Beach Nourishment project officially begins in Avon

Aerial image of construction in Avon. Photo by Coastal Science & Engineering.

June 24: Beach nourishment project officially begins in Buxton.

Photo by Coastal Science & Engineering

July 4: Hatteras village hosts the annual 4th of July Golf Cart Parade

Photo by Don Bowers
Photo by Don Bowers

July 4: Avon village hosts its annual 4th of July fireworks display.

Photo by Don Bowers
Photo by Don Bowers

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