Thursday, September 25, 2008

Big Storm 

Well, many of our planned activities for today are out. The Girl was to golf around 10:00 and I was to get a hot shell massage at 11:00, then I was going to walk around at the Wright Bros. Memorial and hike in Jockey's Ridge State Park. It's pouring and very windy out, so no golf and no outdoor meandering and picture taking. I attempted to drive up Highway 12 (really it's just a two lane residential road, don't let "Highway" fool you) to Duck for my massage but I encountered road flooding and the "High Water" signs along the way. Fearing a repeat of last night's 6 hour imprisonment on Hatteras Island with nothing open, I called The Girl, had her cancel my appointment and headed back to the hotel.

When she called the spa, the woman on the phone responded that "no one else has had any problems..." Well, maybe all your morning clients are staying in the area around the spa, or perhaps they made it in fine but they won't be able to get back when the session is over. At any rate, I wouldn't have been able to relax while worrying about being trapped in Duck while The Girl was stuck in the hotel room (where we are having some leakage around the sliding door of our fourth floor waterfront room).

I came back and checked the forecast, since we still have our appointments for late afternoon hang gliding. The rain and wind are both supposed to let up, and the hang gliding school hasn't yet called to cancel, so we have hope. While at weather.com, I spotted the "coastal flooding" warning, and clicked over to it, to find this:

THE STRONG NORTHEAST TO NORTH WINDS WILL PRODUCE HIGH WATER LEVELS UP TO 6 FEET ABOVE NORMAL ALONG THE NORTHERN OUTER BANKS. THIS WILL LEAD TO OVERWASH ALONG HIGHWAY 12... MAKING IT IMPASSABLE AT TIMES.

Yes - that's HIGHWAY 12!!! On the Norther Outer Banks! Where I was trying to drive this morning but wisely turned around.

Vindicated.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 11:20 AM