|Moor Shore Road in Kitty Hawk with 8″ of snow and ice.|
The Outer Banks seems to have come through the latest round of winter weather remarkably well–the kids got a couple of days off from school and for two days the we lived the life of a barrier island winter wonderland. It would be a stretch to say we got off with no effects, business came to a complete standstill for two days, but we seemed to get plenty of warning about what was coming and common sense dictated that schools, businesses and offices had to be closed.
It does bring up an interesting comparison with the reports coming out of Atlanta.
One of the facts of life to living or owning a business on the Outer Banks is about once every three years or so, a hurricane threatens our coast and government officials order evacuations. From just about everyone’s perspective–property owners, business owner, or visitor–evacuations always seem to come one day too soon.
That may be the case. There have been times when those evacuation orders seem too cautious, too concerned with what might be. But it may be a good idea to keep in mind what happened in America’s ninth largest city when we begin to wonder why steps are being taken so early, say to ourselves, “Atlanta, January 2014,” as a reminder.