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help an old woman remember




for those of us in our middle years and beyond. Ever had a memory that is so clear to you, but upon examination isn't actually all that factual? I left the beach shortly after high school and spent the next couple of decades distancing myself from it. Old age has mellowed me. Chancing upon this website had me paging through old pictures and one of a waterspout brought back some memories. The way I remember it, it was about 1979 and I was at the ClayDon with Don and his mom when we saw the large waterspout. Being young dumb and insane, we decided to hop in my car and drive south and "look" at the spout. Don Sherry and I jumped in my car and drove to the parking lot(s) of the Orville and Wilbur Wright lodges. Right about the time I put the car in park, the waterspout turned yellow and we realized, its hit the ground. Spinning around, we charged across the beach road and down the street next to the stop-n-shop with the waterspout-cum-tornado in pursuit. My recollection is that it came aground, and demolished the wright brother hotel that was at that point condemned and empty and I think one house along the road next the the stop-n-shop.

I just don't know how much of this is my false memory and what is true. I know there was a kick a$$ waterspout (I have the picture), and I know I got an a$$ kicking from my mother when I got home for my stupidity (who could forget that), but what I can't really ascertain is whether it truly came ashore and/or demolished the hotel leaving only the a-frame wright brother hotel. Can anyone help my poor brain?


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there are some pics & talk story of the event over on facebook's Outer Banks Vintage Scrapbook. Click on the "album" pics & they are in there somewhere. smiley with shades


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That story came up on OB Vintage Scrapbook just a little while ago. My recollection was it was around 1983 as I had just gotten here. My boss remembers that story too. It destroyed a woman's house and she was hiding in the ditch and her refrigerator landed on top of her and killed her. That was Nags Head.
If you are on facebook this is an interesting group. You would have to message someone to be able to join since it is a group, not a public page.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/233505839903/


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Thank you. Someone else also led me to that group, but until today, with the search feature was working and I was able to find it. July 31, 1978, and my memories were pretty close to correct.Again,thanks.


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I remember that day well. I was a Deputy Sheriff for Dare County, and had just sat down to eat at the Fisher's Wharf Restaurant in Wanchese when the funnel came ashore.I was performing a dual role back then, of Deputy Sheriff / Ambulance Driver EMT. I was dispatched to Kill Devil Hills, first to assist with possible injuries, however before I arrived on scene it was determined that all injured persons had been accounted for and I was redirected to traffic control. I set up road block on the beach road (Hwy 12) at the Raleigh Street intersection. The thunderstorms were still rolling through, and it rained so hard it put out my highway flares.


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Kai Avalon, i accidentally hit the wrong and made a request to report your post, i truly am sorry.


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http://www.gresham-photography.com/tornado.html


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Kai you are correct the Waterspout/Tornado tore the roof off the Motel before hitting the house and the Stop and Shop on the beach road.My parents had a house 5 houses south of the Clay Don Motel and we watched it from the porch.Our neighbor Mr. Lindhardt was at the Stop and Shop when it hit,he said everyone gathered in the back corner of the store and all were ok,vehicles got damaged by debris that was about it for them.