Here on the Outer Banks we’re pretty much hunkered down waiting for Hurricane Dorian. It’s Wednesday night and at this time, the storm is still to the south of us, slowly gathering speed as it tracks up the coast.
On the northern Outer Banks, north of Oregon Inlet, the forecast has consistently called for tropical storm force winds, a lot of rain and some storm surge on the ocean side of 3-5’
On the soundside, were most of us live, the storm surge is forecast to vary from 2-5’. That’s enough to put a lot of water in people’s yards, but we should be ok.
Hatteras Island, though, is looking like it’s going to take an almost direct hit from the storm. The best that we can say at this point is according to the information we’ve seen, and it’s been consistent for the past few days, Dorian will have lost strength and will not be a major hurricane when it brushes the lower Outer Banks.
Dorian Effects on Outer Banks life
No matter how you look at it, though, as Dorian races by, and it will be racing when it gets here on Friday, it’s 10 to 12 hours of high winds and driving rain. Not our favorite way to spend time.
Dare and Currituck Counties did order evacuations. Our guests left Tuesday. Maybe that could have been stretched for another day, in a situation like this it’s much better to err on the side of caution.
Right now, looking outside, there’s not much evidence of the approach of Dorian. There’s little wind and a few whips of clouds drifting by the night sky. Radar does show Hatteras Village is getting rain from a feeder band that’s way in front of the storm though.
That will change beginning something tomorrow afternoon. Squall lines will move in. The winds will pick up, and then sustain somewhere around 40-50 mph. It will be that way off and on for a good 4 hours or so if Dorian moves as quickly as forecast.
Kind of miserable, but luckily, it doesn’t happen on the Outer Banks all that often.