In Concord, NC, we have our share of tornadoes. These are much more unpredictable, violent, and deadlier than hurricanes. People who live in California and suffer through earthquakes think North Carolinians are crazy to put up with tornadoes. And I even remember a hurricane in Concord, not so long ago.
So, yes, I have a healthy respect for hurricanes. I even had a plan to avoid them. Staying well north in hurricane season usually means they will steer clear of you. (Our original plan put us in or around New Jersey at this time.) Even in NC, they are usually not a problem, at least compared to Florida. So while I knew that I would have to eventually put up with at least one, I felt relatively confident that I would have some miles under the keel before I had to encounter it.
But my first hurricane season?
And the first tropical depression of the first season? And it turns into the first named storm of the season? And that storm turns into the first hurricane of the season?
And it has it's sights set on the NC Outer Banks? And I'm on the NC Inner Banks?
Oh well. Storm prep began today and will be wrapped up tomorrow morning. Author should begin moving through here Thursday afternoon into Friday. Predictions as I write this are for worst of the storm to be 50-60 knots from the northwest. Should not be too bad as we have some protection from that direction. Storm surge will potentially be the bigger problem, and I have doubled the dock lines and will adjust as necessary during the event. At least it is predicted to be a fast moving storm, but it might be a long night. We'll see.
We have Clambake to keep us company. I doubt he'll get any sleep either.