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obx sends n’oreaster “up the road”

Kitty Hawk beach just after high tide, Wednesday 11/26. Graininess of the image is the rain.

Kitty Hawk beach just after high tide, Wednesday 11/26. Graininess of the image is the rain.

It’s a mess out there today and no mistaking it, although it could be worse . . . and it will be worse, at least for our neighbors to the north. That is, of course, if the forecasts hold true and so far the weather gurus seem to have gotten this one exactly right.

A quick trip to the Kitty Hawk beach this morning confirmed what could have been learned by looking at any weather map—wind from the NE at 25-30 with gusts approaching 40, a cold rain that varied between a light shower and painful wind-driven pellets of water.

The good news is there are no watches or warnings for ocean overwash or sound side flooding. It would appear as though the peak intensity of the storm is coinciding with the tide as it retreats from the high cycle.

Even more good news? The storm will be out of here tomorrow. That’s great for the Outer Banks—maybe not such good news for New Jersey, New York and points north, since this is forecast to drop a wintry mix on New York City and pretty much disrupt travel plans all along the Northeast.

Hopefully everyone traveling north will be there soon and beat the weather. There is something wonderful and special about being snugged down in your home with friends, family and a feast.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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