North Carolina (AP) -- Vacationers are packing up and business owners are bracing for another financial hit this season as Hurricane Maria churns offshore of North Carolina's Outer Banks.
Mandatory evacuations for tourists began Monday for Hatteras and Ocracoke islands. Forecasters predict some flooding starting Tuesday as Maria heads north over the Atlantic well off the Eastern seaboard.
A hotel owner on Ocracoke said the storm hurts business during a season that's already seen heavy financial losses. A construction accident cut power and spurred evacuations for several days in July and August.
Blackbeard's Lodge owner Chip Stevens said Maria effectively makes 2017 a two-storm season, which is the "worst-case scenario."
Tourists were also disappointed. Jay Wrenn, his wife and their dog were forced to leave Rodanthe on Hatteras on Monday. They had arrived Sunday with a week's worth of groceries.