Ida welcomes us home with 11.5 inches of rain

Submitted by OcracokeWaves on Thu, 11/12/2009 - 12:41.

We have been in the mountains of Virginia for a few days, but we had the pleasure of driving home during the siege of rain that hit North Carolina yesterday.

We had spent a rainy Tuesday night celebrating one of my college roommates sixtieth birthday near Pittsboro, NC.  When we left in the afternoon the rains in the Raleigh area were still very steady.  As we neared the coast, the rains slackened.

We got home just before 5 PM.  Based on my experience with storms like this, I removed the guides for my lift so I could raise our skiff another foot or so.

I checked our rain gauge, and it had four inches of rain.  Around 9 PM the rains increased in intensity.  At 11 PM before going to bed, I checked the gauge again.  It was full at 6 inches so I emptied it.

It rained heavily all night.  When I checked the gauge this morning at 6:45 AM, it had another 5.5 inches of rain in it for a total of 11.5 inches.

At that time it was probably forty-five minutes past high tide on the White Oak River.  I snapped a few pictures of the water which is still very impressive.

At high tide it might have gotten past my banana plant.  I hope not, salt water did in one last fall.  I thought this one would be safe.

At least the dock remained above water and the water did not quite make it to the bulkhead.

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