Hurricane

Getting Ready for Irene

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Fall of 2011 will mark the beginning of our sixth year living here on North Carolina's Southern Outer Banks.  If the current forecast holds, it will mark our closest encounter to date with a hurricane.

Hurricane Irene is scheduled to come ashore somewhere between Cedar Island and Hatteras Island as a Category 3 hurricane. Irene will then run up the Northern Outer Banks before taking a bead on my college roommate who lives on the NJ shore. 

Of course we won't really know the exact track until closer to Friday, August 26. There seems to be more uncertainty in the forecast than ususual because some of the climatic features that do the hurricane steering are weak. Irene has the potential to make up her own mind about where she makes landfall.
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The state of the beach

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Hurricane Bill has been in the news a lot.  We watched some swells building earlier in the week.  Last night we went over to the beach for a walk.

We wanted to see if the high water and potentially heavy surf from Bill had made any changes to the beach.

Of course the beach changes even with regular surf so I guess you could say that we were just checking on the state of the beach.

There were very few people at the Eastern Regional Access as we continued up the beach.  My favorite beach is the nearly invisible Third Street Beach. 
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