On the Kitty Hawk beach, May 10, 2015.
Living on the Outer Banks most of us have become reasonably skilled at interpreting tropical storm data. It’s out of necessity—the forecast says Tropical Storm Ana will make landfall somewhere on the South Carolina/North Carolina border and within 15 minutes the phone calls begin.
“Are you alright? I heard you’re in the bulls eye for the storm,” is about how the conversation begins.
“No, the Outer Banks is not in the bulls eye,” is the typical answer. “The place you’re talking about is 200 miles south and 70 or 80 miles west.” Then, trying to explain why no one is particularly concerned, the conversation continues. “It’s barely a tropical storm, it will be over land and by the time we feel the effects tomorrow, and the effect will be some rain and a little wind.”
Tropical Storm Ana is truly an oddball. It’s been 12 years since a tropical system developed in the Atlantic basin this early—that one named Ana, too, by the way—and conditions really are not right for this to be a large or powerful storm.
We’ll feel some impacst tomorrow—mostly rain with a little bit of wind—but really nothing different than Philadelphia, PA or Columbus, OH experiences when a front passes through.
Today has actually been a nice day. Warm, a little bit muggy . . . families have been on the beach, kids playing in the water—a typical Outer Banks day.