Did You Hear The One About Hurricane Earl? « Shoot Me Now

Shoot Me NowDid You Hear The One About Hurricane Earl?

Did You Hear The One About Hurricane Earl?
Published on Monday, September 6, 2010 by

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So here we are in the Outer Banks, a day after Hurricane Earl blew through.  Driving towards our home we saw plenty of side streets covered in water but no apparent damage to homes.  Other than the leaves and branches filling the middle of the road there was very little sign of a recent hurricane.

Until we went to the beach!  As soon as we pulled in to the driveway we rustled up some flashlights and raced to the beach.  Our first thought?  The stars were brighter and bigger than we have seen in years.  Was it the after effects of the storm or the fact that half of the people were still evacuated, leaving lights off around us?  It didn’t matter to us – we simply marveled at the night time sky.

The beach was unlike anything we’ve seen before.  The sand was similar to smooth cement.  Hard, flat and unblemished.  They say a hurricane either washes things up to shore or rinses it clean.  Hurricane Earl washed everything clean.

Our neighbor stayed for the storm, as did most of the locals in our area.  They walked to the main road and watched the traffic, which was wall-to-wall cars.  It took hours to simply get a few sections down the road!

She turned off the lights in the house at about 1 a.m. to the sound of driving wind and rain.  By three she said the sound of rain pelting the house was deafening, as if someone was drilling the walls.  She didn’t feel fear, but wanted it to be over as soon as possible.

The waves?  Apparently they were 8 to 10 feet high in our little part of the ocean.  Saturday the beach was still red-flagged, with lifeguards driving up and down calling not-so-very-smart people out of the water.  The surfers enjoyed some huge waves while we swatted at biting flies carried by the unusual west wind.

Sunday the red flags were taken away, leaving us to enjoy two amazing clear and calm days in the Outer Banks.  Although the wind blew Sunday leaving us shivering a bit after swimming, the water was warm and cleansing.  Schools of baby blues swam around us while the occasional small ray flipped to the surface and back down again.

What an amazing difference in only a few days  – from a raging hurricane to calm, crystal clear water.   Mother Nature is simply extraordinary, as is the great Atlantic Ocean.

Hurricane Earl Waves in Corolla, OBX from shootmenowblog on Vimeo.

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  • Great assessment and video! My sister is in Kitty Hawk and had the same view as your neighbor, never afraid just wishing it would quiet down so she could sleep;)

  • is so nice there. i want to be there to.

  • I missed the punchline. 🙁

    • I should have had a contest! You are right, there was no punchline!!!

  • I'm just so glad there was no damage. Mother Nature can be glorious all right, but can also be a downright bitch! Great post!

  • Glad he rushed by you and left little to no damage! Same here – thankfully. I will say at one point it was so windy and raininy I began to really worry.


    • I am so glad you are OK after the storm!!! Storms can be fun, but then there is that “line” they cross when you get worried!

  • Im just glad no one was hurt!

  • Natural disasters have become so commonplace that they hardly receive passing notice on the news unless there have been a large number of casualties. Volcanoes, mudslides, tsunamis and floods are just a few of the ways nature strikes on a daily basis, leaving behind destruction and heartache.

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