Getting Ready for Irene

Submitted by OcracokeWaves on Wed, 08/24/2011 - 02:36.

Fall of 2011 will mark the beginning of our sixth year living here on North Carolina's Southern Outer Banks.  If the current forecast holds, it will mark our closest encounter to date with a hurricane.

Hurricane Irene is scheduled to come ashore somewhere between Cedar Island and Hatteras Island as a Category 3 hurricane. Irene will then run up the Northern Outer Banks before taking a bead on my college roommate who lives on the NJ shore. 

Of course we won't really know the exact track until closer to Friday, August 26. There seems to be more uncertainty in the forecast than ususual because some of the climatic features that do the hurricane steering are weak. Irene has the potential to make up her own mind about where she makes landfall.

Our home in Bluewater Cove is about three miles up the White Oak River from Swansboro.  Depending on where Irene wanders, we could be just inside the hurricane wind cone or just outside it.  There is little doubt that Irene will be a close enough call for us to take her really seriously.

We have at least one neighbor who has aready packed up his travel trailer and is getting ready to head to the Piedmont region of North Carolina.

So far it doesn't appear that western Carteret County will take a direct hit from Irene, but that is no excuse for not being prepared for the worst.  We have put together our hurricane preparedness kit with the idea that we could be without power for three or four days.

I have gotten a generator that can run a few things so I don't think we will have any trouble surviving, but we might be a little uncomfortable without air conditioning.  Still unless the forecast worsens, we will be here along the coast during all of Irene.

Our garage is only slightly over 25 feet from our dock so we will be watching for high water.  It will be interesting to see if a hurricane can deliver more than the 20.25 inches of rain which we got last September 30 during a record downpour.  I certainly hope not.

Fortunately during the peak of that storm, the tide turned and started going out.  That was the end of high water for us.  We will have to see what Irene brings, unless she gets over Category 3, we will be here posting information about the storm.