What Are The Odds

By: Bob Trihy
By: Bob Trihy

A planned trip to to the Outer Banks has a collision course with a Nor'easter, courtesy of the remnants of Ida.

As I plan a trip a few weeks ago to Nags Head on the Outer Banks, for the 11th through the 13th of November, so does the nor'easter of the the 2009 Hurricane season. What are the odds of that. I was asking some colleagues if I should venture out there for this storm. And without hesitation they said definitely, you never know when you can witness a storm of this magnitude again. So with anxious excitement I headed out to the Outer Banks, via Elizabeth City. It was already beginning to pick up Wednesday morning, with rain and increasing northeast winds. By the time we arrived to our location, the nor'easter was already kicking in with increasing rain and wind. Being located near the Nags Head pier and just behind the dunes on Beach Road, we we're exposed to the full force of this storm. And it started rocking Wednesday night, with strong winds buffeting our place. Peak wind gusts had to be at least 50 mph, as the house started to creak and move with the full force of the wind. All the time there was a thunderous roar. At times I couldn't figure out if the thunderous sound was the torrential rain, strong winds, or the roar of the sea. Maybe all of the above. The creepiest part of the storm was the high tide at 3:30 pm on Thursday. In a ten minute period we experienced two cracks of lightning and thunder, the emergence of the sun for a couple of minutes shining on a huge angry sea, eerie to say the least. But that wasn't the end of it. A tremendous downpour followed. My girlfriend wanted to see a rainbow, and that appeared after the ten minutes of weirdness.The worst of this storm came with the 4:30 am high tide Friday morning, that proved to be the most devastating. I awoke to a sea of water outside my window. Luckily it was only the side street that was flooded, and not the entire street. That was a different story 2 miles north of us where the ocean had it's way with low lying areas. Near the Nags Head pier, the ocean washed into the parking lot with chunks of wood, and a chunk of dune missing too. Although it was nasty on Friday, the worst of it was winding down. I guess the next time I make travel plans, I'll try to avoid a storm conflict. The odds are slim. I think.

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