With the close of Peak Summer Season in OBX, another season opens. Hurricane Season.
“Tropical cyclones have affected North Carolina in every month between May and December; about 35 percent of the storms struck the state in September, and 80 percent affected the state between August and October, which coincides with the peak of the hurricane season.”
As I write this, I believe there are three named storms swirling around in the Atlantic now, Hurricane Hermine looks like she could be knocking on our back door in a few days.
Interestingly enough, our major hurricane last season came upon us July 4th weekend. Crazy stuff. Thankfully, it made landfall late in the week, on a Friday, as I recall. One of our families (with teen kids) decided to ride it out and had a fabulous adventure, made even better by Mike & Lisa’s Hurricane Care Packages. Our other family, with small children, decided they’d be more comfortable avoiding hurricane scenarios and hurricaned very happily in Williamsburg, VA. I believe both made the right call and both were happy with their decision.
True confessions, I haven’t ever ridden out a storm in OBX, but I’d really like to. For the most part, it seems, locals stay put. Even during Mandatory Evacuations, many folks stay. There’s even a group called the Ocracoke Crazies (so named by Jim Cantore) for their insistence on riding out even the fiercest storms. These folks are residents of Ocracoke, which is a tiny island due east of Hatteras and can only be reached by ferry. Translation: when a storm hits you’re on your own. So, Ocracoke Crazies, what was meant to be a bit of a derogatory term these folks turned into a badge of honor.
One of the great things about hurricanes (yep, you read that right, I said “great things about hurricanes,”) is that we know they are coming, usually several days prior to making landfall. This advance warning gives us plenty of time to prepare (to the best of our ability) and make decisions. Back in the day, the barometer began to drop and folks knew to batten down the hatches and get out of town.
So how does all of this affect you and your trip to The Outer Banks?
1. Still come. It’s one of the most beautiful, family-friendly, historically-rich, recreational yet relaxing, good-time-had-by-all, places on earth. They aren’t a weekly occurrence, don’t let the possibility of a storm keep you from booking a fall getaway.
2. You can purchase peace of mind. If you’re coming in peak hurricane season but would like to have some security, buy trip insurance. This can be purchased through HomeAway.com and can be used for family or medical emergencies.
3. We’re paying very close attention too. Once a storm is named, be assured our team is watching it like a hawk. Mike and Lisa, who are pros at this, give us their opinion of it’s course, local buzz and recommendations.
4. Our number one concern is your safety. If there is a mandatory evacuation, we’ll refund (prorated) your stay. If you read our VRA, you’ll see this policy listed as an “Event.” If it’s questionable, you make the call and we’ll come up with a solution that fits your family. However, this isn’t a rainy day policy, it’s a safety thing.
5. The sky after a storm is one of the most beautiful things you’ll ever see.
Wishing you Fair Weather and Fond Memories,
Paisley & Pearl