Isaias has come and gone and as tropical systems go, here on the Outer Banks, thankfully, there wasn’t much to remember it by. Some falling tree limbs took our power for some people and there was some soundside flooding, but it wasn’t severe at all.
Farther inland and along the Northeast Corridor it was a different story. The storm lost strength gradually, and there isn’t much of a difference between a strong tropical storm with winds of 65 mph and a Category 1 hurricane.
Those areas did experience the full brunt of the storm. And as often happens with tropical systems, some tornadoes developed.
But here on the Outer Banks, nothing like that.
Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head reported a wind gust of 75 mph, but that was very early morning so most of us were asleep at the time. We did have sustained winds around 40 mph, which would officially make Isaias a tropical storm as it passed the Outer Banks.
Isaias was a very fast moving storm. By the time it arrived at eastern North Carolina it was moving north at 30 mph. Even though we did have tropical storm winds, they were not around very long.
On the soundside, there was flooding in downtown Manteo, although the waters did not get high enough to damage buildings.
Kitty Hawk Bay also flooded, although by mid afternoon, the water had receded.
Looking out over the tropics right now, there isn’t much happening. And a storm like Isaias is a rare occurrence. In fact, according to the National Hurricane Center, Isaias is the earliest a ninth named storm has formed.
Right now we’re looking at a couple of weeks of great weather. The heat of the past few weeks seems to have moderated, the ocean temperature is wonderful. A couple of great reasons to visit us here on the Outer Banks.
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