Shelly Island is no more

- Shelly Island, the tiny pop-up island off North Carolina's Outer Banks, is no more.

The Virginian-Pilot reports Shelly Island now connects at low tide to Cape Point, which belongs to Cape Hatteras National Seashore. A stream of water about 20 feet wide and 6 inches deep flowed between the two land bodies at high tide.

Seashore Superintendent Dave Hallac says that by late August, the island was just short of mile long and 450 yards wide, totaling 27 acres. He says it wasn't connected to land as of last week.

The island appeared following a wild storm early in the summer an became a popular destination over the summer, even gaining the interest of NASA, which took satellite pictures of its growth.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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