Outer Banks Post-Hurricane Florence
As you may know, the Outer Banks experienced the effects of Hurricane Florence last week which made landfall on the morning of Sept. 14 at Wrightsville Beach, NC. This put the storm eye 174 miles to our south-southwest and mainly out of danger. The Northern Outer Banks was spared the worst of it, and we were lucky to have very little effects from the system. Each year, the predictive power of NOAA and other institutions gets more accurate, and everyone here was tracking this storm when it was over 1700 miles out to sea and looking to be a very dangerous storm. All precautions were taken here on the OBX and we are incredibly grateful that there was minimal damage overall.
The Outer Banks is OPEN for vacations, good times and good memories
Our section of the Outer Banks (Oregon Inlet and and all areas North) opened back up in full this past Sunday, Sept. 16. Our beaches are in great shape and almost every business is open. September can be one of the most beautiful months to visit the OBX because the weather is often stunning and the ocean is gorgeous. Ocean restrictions were lifted on September 18, so the ocean is ready for you to play in safely again!
Resources and Reporting
The storm brought heavy waves and rip currents, so the water was unsafe for many days, and we experienced some beach erosion. South of Oregon Inlet there was overwash and flooding as well. If you want to read more in depth reporting on the storm, here are a few resources:
- Outer Banks Voice Hurricane Blog is a great timeline of a local reporting on the storm.
- The Weather Channel Storm Tracker has a great graphic for the track of the storm
- DARE County Emergency Management Website has all of the relevant announcement details.
While the storm made landfall as a Cat 1 Hurricane, it still brought record rainfall and flooding in many parts of North and South Carolina. The storm also brought rain and flooding further north as well as batches of violent tornados in some places. We encourage you to donate one of the three T’s – Time, Treasure or Talent to a cause that could help those affected by this storms. While we have you here, we gladly share a small list of some organizations that are actively on the ground helping out relief efforts:
For a deeper dive into helping those affected by Hurricane Florence you can read this NPR ARTICLE
Help Support Your Local OBX Business While we Help Support ur Fellow Carolinians affected by Hurricane Florence.
Starting Friday September 21, 2018, 10% of All Food Proceeds sold by The Beachside Bistro will be donated to the Red Cross of North Carolina for the victims of Hurricane Florence.
Additional monetary donations of non-perishable food, diapers, baby formula, bottled water, etc. may be brought to the Sea Ranch Resort or the Beachside Bistro, 1731 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC.