Part of pier at Rodanthe falls into ocean

RODANTHE, N.C. -- Part of the Rodanthe Pier on the Outer Banks has fallen into the ocean because of high winds.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reported that owner Terry Plumblee said about 75 feet of the pier fell into the water Thursday afternoon.

Wind gusts of up to 50 mph have been reported on Hatteras Island this week.

Plumblee hopes to reopen the pier by the end of next month. The 725-foot pier closed for the winter in November.

About 35,000 people visit the pier each year.

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