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UNCLE JACK'S WEBLOG
Thursday, October 8, 2015
South Nags Head after the storm
       Uncle Jack and Mrs. U.J. arrived in Sonag Sunday afternoon after an uneventful cruise down I-95 and I-64 from Baltimore. Traffic was almost nonexistent and it was their fastest trip ever---6 hours door-to-door.
       The surf was still up---way up---on Sunday afternoon. They had planned to drive the beach road from Kitty Hawk to Sonag but that proved to be impossible because of large areas of standing water and the wash-out near the Black Pelican. More work for the D.O.T. which had labored mightily to restore the same patch of road after a previous washout in May.
       The wind was still blowing like crazy and the intermittent raindrops made walking unpleasant but they did walk up to the beach at Ciltvaira Street (17 milepost) before dark and took one picture of the wild waves rolling right up to the sand-fenced dunes and covering the beach completely.
       By Wednesday morning the wind had died enough to permit enjoyable walking so they strolled around down in the Sea Gull Drive area and McCall Court at the southernmost end of South Nags Head to how the beach had held up in that neighborhood after several days of pounding from Mother Nature. Not so well as the pictures below suggest. Farther north in South Nags Head the replenished beaches seemed to rebound quite well from last week's storm and provided more than enough room for the fishing tournament to proceed normally.
      


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The beach at Ciltvaira Street Sunday afternoon. Not conducive to anything but looking in awe at the waves.

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By Thursday morning the sea had calmed down enough to make room for the 65th Annual Nags Head Surf Fishing Tournament. This picture was taken from the same spot as the previous one at the foot of Ciltvaira Street.

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The last remaining house in front of Seagull Drive near the 21 milepost weathered the storm but it's back in the water again.

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Looking north toward Sea Gull. The large yellow house once had another large yellow house in front of it. The replenished beach appears to be pretty much gone in this area.

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Looking south from Sea Gull Drive. Sand fences took a beating last week.

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Looking south toward McCall Court. The beach became unwalkable at this point so we drove down to McCall.

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This beleagured house at the foot of McCall Court took a pounding. The protective dunes on the south side washed out, revealing a mountain of sandbags.

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Large dunes built up by wind and sand fences over the past year or so were badly eroded by several days of high surf.

posted by Uncle Jack at 2:22 PM

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Except for short hiatus in Baltimore Uncle Jack has lived in Nags Head for over 45 years. He was a columnist for the Outer Banks Current and its successor, the Outer Banks Sentinel, for 20 years. A collection of his columns is available from Amazon Kindle under the title Uncle Jack's Outer Banks. He and Mrs. Uncle Jack, aka Sue, live in South Nags Head whence he observes and sometimes comments on the passing parade.
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