Outer Banks: 8.24.11 - Gorgeous OBX Sunrise
Good morning. Here’s the Outer Banks Beach, Surf, & Fishing Report for Wednesday, August 24, 2011.
This video was shot at the Carlow Ave. beach access in Kill Devil Hills at 6:15 AM.
I made it to the beach early this morning to catch the sunrise, and it was well worth it. Gorgeous OBX sunrise, and a gorgeous OBX day.
I’ll move through the beach report quickly so I can get to Hurricane Irene since that’s the main topic on our minds today.
We’ve had perfect beach weather the past week, and it will continue today and through the next couple days. Humidity has dropped, and temps are in the mid 80′s. Bright sun and almost no wind this morning.
No surf to report today, but the forecast gets gnarly over the next few days as Hurricane Irene approaches. Surf grows to double overhead by the weekend!
OBX fishing is going great. Offshore is catching dolphin, wahoo, black and yellow fin tuna, and some bill fish mixed in. The piers, bridges, surf, & Sound are all very consistent with a wide variety of fish – spot, croaker, flounder, sea mullet, Spanish mackerel, blue fish, cobia, trigger fish, spade fish, pompano.
But the main topic on everyone’s mind is Hurricane Irene. What path will Hurricane Irene take? Will it impact the Outer Banks? A direct hit to the OBX?!
Hurricanes are pretty erratic. Their path can change drastically, quickly.
At this point, Hurricane Irene is a category 2 hurricane, and the projected path brings it to Ocracoke late Saturday night and into Sunday.
However, it’s too early to know for sure. We are starting to prepare, and think through emergency plans, but there is still ample time for things to change. It’s only Wednesday, so we have 3-4 days for predictions, computer models, and the actual path that can change considerably.
It’s more “wait and see” than anything at this point. Preparations are being made, but the hope is the beast of a storm will continue to move east and head out to sea. Some great waves and no impact to land would be awesome!
Ocracoke is in the process of being evacuated starting today. Guests must leave the island today, and permanent residents are being asked to leave tomorrow. But this is just a precautionary step. The emergency planning needs to give enough time for everyone to evacuate if need be, and this is just the first step in the process.
We’ll keep you updated as things progress. Please keep an eye on our website (www.OuterBanksVacations.com) for the most current updates, and we’ll also update Facebook (www.Facebook.com/SeasideVacationsOBX) along the way.
Please keep the OBX in your thoughts, and send good vibes to push Hurricane Irene out to sea.
Hope to see you soon. Have fun!
PS – How about that earthquake yesterday?! That was wild. Definitely a first for this East Coast kid.
Here’s the projected Hurricane Irene paths as of 8:00 AM 8.24.11:
Hurricane Irene Project Path - 8.24.11
Here’s the Outer Banks surf forecast for Hurricane Irene as of 8:00 AM on 8.24.11:
Outer Banks & Hurricane Irene Surf Forecast - 8.24.11