Paul - hard at work on 'hurricane shutters'
This has been a long week. The pre-arrival hype for Hurricane Irene had her making a direct hit on Morehead City as a category 2/3 with winds of 110mph. The build up had me quite nervous, but Paul was able to concentrate on just the information we needed and not all the horror stories. Being newbies to hurricanes and having just moved into our older house, with a questionable roof, we decided it would be best to ride out this storm at the college where I work. It’s a hurricane shelter, and we were able to have my classroom all to ourselves.
Shortly after we awoke Saturday morning, Irene made landfall and the eye did go over Morehead City. But the winds were down to 85-95 mph and our fair city weathered it quite well. So did we - we decided living on a boat and facing all those conditions we all encounter prepared us well for the howling winds and torrential downpours we watched all day. Isn’t it amazing how sailors always seem to gravitate to each other, and we whiled away the hours sharing sailing stories with a Columbian sailor who now lives on the Outer Banks and a couple from Michigan who have a 2nd home down here.
Sitting out the storm
The first thing we checked after the storm was Verkennen. A tree had fallen across the entrance to the marina so we parked the car and made the trek through the woods where we found Verkennen sitting nice and pretty in her jackstands. I think her low center of gravity is helpful, and while most boats made it through fine, a few boats across from us weren’t so fortunate. Several boats in Beaufort and Morehead were blown up on the islands, but that’s rather understandable since they were left on their moorings in fairly open creeks during a hurricane.
We were so thankful to see our house weathered the storm quite well, as did most of Morehead City. There were lots of trees and limbs down but little major damage. Aside from a limb through our porch rail and part of the fence and branches down, our worst loss personally was the loss of our pecan crop. But at least most of the tree made it through.
For those of you who’ve been through Oriental, I’m enclosing a couple of pictures of the town under 9 1/2 feet of water from the storm. There was major flooding in Pamlico County and some of my co workers lost their homes and/or belongings. I don’t know when I’ll be back to work. But, it’s a new week, our yard is back to normal, and we’re headed out for a swim in the sound.
The Bean Coffee Shop and Village Gallery