Radar image as Tropical Storm Hermine passes over the Outer Banks.

There’s no way to sugarcoat it—it’s a miserable night on the Outer Banks. Tropical Storm Hermine is passing through, the wind is picking up, the rain is pounding down and it looks as though it’s going to be that way for a few more hours.

The Outer Banks doesn’t experience all that many tropical systems, although anyone who has lived hear for any length of time has encountered a few of them. Hermione, passing over 900 miles or so of land, has lost a lot of her punch, so other than the rain—and there’s a lot of it—and some wind, there’s not much to do until she passes. And the forecasts are in very good agreement that by 8:00 or 9:00 in the morning she’ll be off the coast and heading north.

Of course, according to the models we’re seeing, that’s when it get a bit iffy, because it may slow down and just wander around in the ocean off the New Jersey or New York coast for a while and gain intensity.

We may get some waves from that, but the weather is looking good for the rest of the week. Sunday will be a dry-out day … 6” of rain takes a while to drain even in our sandy soil, then Monday and for the next seek, warm temperatures and bright sunshine.