It’s been tough to watching folks on the East Coast deal with Hurricane Matthew. “Should we stay or should we go?” isn’t always an easy question to answer. During our stay in the Outer Banks (OBX) of North Carolina this past April and May, we faced that dilemma when tropical storm Bonnie started brewing off the coast our third week there.
The weather had been stunning, and we enjoyed daily walks on the beach:
Then one day the sky over the ocean filled with clouds…
…and the waves kicked up a few notches:
Just as soon as we hopped into the Jeep the rain came down. It poured from the time we left the beach until we got back into town — about fifteen minutes — long enough to attract this White Ibis (notice the breeding coloring on its bill?) to a huge puddle near the ferry parking lot:
Rain came back that night and was still coming down the next morning:
It came down hard…
…and kept raining. All day. Of course we had to get out — not only because a small RV shrinks about 50% with every hour that passes when you’re sitting in it, but because we wanted to see what was going on in the world of Tropical Storm Bonnie.
Not only were people out and about, but — when your business depends on being open every day you can — businesses were still open…
…though I’m not sure how many people wanted bicycles that day!
I took a lot of photos (even a few movies) through the windshield of the Jeep, capturing the huge puddles along the road.
It was fun when a vehicle coming from the other direction threw water all over us, but scary too — instant blindness! Like driving in a car wash:
Weather reports indicated Bonnie had planted herself offshore with no signs of budging, which meant we were facing the possiblity of many more days like this one. Maybe it was time to head inland.