Tropical Depression 8 from the Beach in Kitty Hawk. The storm clouds are a TD8 squall line that never made it to land.

With a tropical depression spinning in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Hatteras—that’s about 84 miles south of Corolla—it doesn’t appear as though there’s going to be any effect at all from TD8. That’s the name the National Hurricane Center has given it. Not very romantic but if it does become a named storm it will be either Hermine or Ian—it all depends on whether as system in the Gulf of Mexico reaches reaches tropical storm status first.

TD8 or Hermine or Ian if it gets to that point is headed out to sea, but having at the storm as a neighbor, if even for a couple of hours, is a reminder of an anniversary we would just as soon forget.

It was five years ago today that Hurricane Irene churned up the Pamlico Sound, pushing a flood waters before it.

Contrary to spectacular footage shown on The Weather Channel, the Outer Banks doesn’t get all that many hurricanes, and among the hurricanes that have come ashore, Irene did not have the highest winds (not even close) nor produce the most rain. What made Irene unique is that the eye traveled strait up the Pamlico Sound, exiting over Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.

The path the storm took carved two new inlets on Pea Island—that’s why there that weird temporary looking bridge at New Inlet and the road by the S Curves just north of Rodanthe is so new looking. It also caused extensive flooding in the residential areas of the northern Outer Banks.

So as anniversaries go, it is one that no one is celebrating. But what is interesting though, is that four days after the storm, the Outer Banks was ready for visitors, and and by December all the roads had been repaired.