Storm Effects

First and foremost, we are happy, safe, and still vacationing.  In fact, today is supposed to be a perfect, sunny day at the beach.  But, since we received so many emails after the storms of Wednesday night and Thursday morning, we thought we would share a few pictures with you.

The rain was very heavy Wednesday afternoon and into Thursday morning, and with the ground so saturated from all of the rain early in the week, there was a lot of flooding in the area.  We heard that nearby Wilmington, NC, has received over 20 inches (50 cm) of rain this week.  Wow!

But, since coastal areas flood in the tropical storm season, life pretty much goes on.  We feel for the people who were directly affected by the flooding, but our experience was that most of the areas we were in yesterday were operating very normally, if still drying out.

The biggest challenge for us was a very strong thunderstorm that came through the campground around 2 am Thursday morning, packing 60 mph (96 kmph) winds.  It woke us up with the RV rocking, but we had taken precautions by securing awnings, etc., before going to sleep.  A few neighbors in the campground were not quite so lucky losing awnings and having some other minor damage.   A couple of trees were toppled, many branches were down, and areas were flooded, but the campsites themselves are built to handle coastal flooding and no significant issues happened (that we are aware of).

A tree fell between two campsites, but did not hit anything.

If this tree looks a little strange, . . .

it is because the tree lost its top (fortunately, no one was using that campsite).

And, no, we did not go wandering into the swamps for this picture.

Just the middle of the campground with an impromptu lake.

So the roads may be a little flooded,

and a few branches may be on the ground,

But, mostly, it is just messy, not really a problem.

And The Herd just keeps on hiking.


  1. Kari on October 4, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    we are glad to hear you are happy and safe!


  2. Dennis the Vizsla on October 2, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    I knew it would take more than that to slow down the Herd.

  3. Koda on October 2, 2010 at 2:59 am


    That looks like fun for hiking, maybe not so much fun for the people tho… thats a lot of cleanup to do!

  4. Huffle Mawson on October 1, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Wow that’s a lot of rain. Melbourne’s average rainfall for the whole YEAR is less than 50cm!

  5. The Luke on October 1, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    I am so happy you are out stretchin your two dozen legs today… and relieved that you made it frew that bad storm that awful bad storm! We have been followin it on the tv, and the Mom has been worried… but I told her I knew you could count on the Rusty Zen!

    Wif love from the Luke

    P.S. So happy all those trees missed the campsites! Whshhhew!

  6. Sagira on October 1, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    You guys stay safe in all of those storms.
    Funny how birds will just make themselves at home no matter where the “lake” is. 🙂

  7. FiveSibesMom on October 1, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    SO glad you area all OK. Those were some flood photos – looks like the Herd is enjoying their wet walk though! Here’s to nicer days!

  8. Wild Dingo on October 1, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    and the Herd kept on hiking…like it isn’t a thing.

    if it were me, i would have called 911 amd a helicopter to rescue me. geesh. glad you’re all ok!

  9. Houndstooth on October 1, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    I never doubted that The Herd would continue! Too bad you didn’t take waterskis, Hu-Dad! You could have let them pull you across that lake!

  10. Pamela on October 1, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    In the 27 years since I first started camping, I’ve never camped without rain. It’s just become part of the experience for me.

    But I have to admit, that picture of the tree fallen on the picnic table gave me pause. You see, we always camp in a tent.

    Glad everyone is ok and that you didn’t sustain serious damage. I guess having all those huskies weighing down the camper probably helped you in the heavy winds!

  11. The OP Pack on October 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Good to hear that you are all OK, albeit a bit wet. We sure hope the sun shines brightly for the remaining time of your vacation.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  12. NCMountainwoman on October 1, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Hike on, Herd. Hike on! Glad everyone is safe and sound. Enjoy the sunshine.

  13. Zona on October 1, 2010 at 11:04 am

    I’m so glad you are safe and that no one was hurt with those toppled trees! That trailer in the first picture looks a little bit like an Airstream. Is it an Avion?

    Have fun hiking!


  14. Minnie and Mack on October 1, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Great pictures! Enjoy the last few days of sunshine and warmer weather. How did the herd do with the thunder?

    Drools and licks,
    Minnie and Mack

  15. Fiona on October 1, 2010 at 10:41 am

    We can’t help but think that somehow the camouflage socks must be responsible for all that carnage.

    *kissey face*
    -Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

  16. Khyra on October 1, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Thanks fur sharing those pikhs!

    We’ve been following some of the NC amounts via a FB friend that lives in Hertford – he says 4″ akhross their driveway – and fur a while on Thursday, they were living on an island –

    We were lukhky here in our part of SCPA – just East of us was affekhted much worse –

    Enjoy today – may ye get to use that sunskhreen afterall!


  17. Mimi & CC Cabana on October 1, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Glad to hear no one was hurt. That makes all the commotion kind of exciting, since it wasn’t dangerous.

  18. Huskys Rule on October 1, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Finally the sun shines on your vaca!!! I bet the herd wanted that bird….we know we would have!!!
    Licks & Nibbles,
    Kody & Nia

  19. KB on October 1, 2010 at 9:17 am

    I’m glad that you’re OK. Based on those road floods, you might have to extend your vacation 🙂

    Of course the Herd keeps on hiking! I hope you get the promised sunshine!

  20. Khumbu on October 1, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Wooo you were lucky with all those falling trees and branches that none landed on you. Love the fact you keep on hiking (paddling).


  21. Ruby's Raiser on October 1, 2010 at 7:19 am

    Have a great day at the beach, wish we were there!

  22. PuppyNumber7 on October 1, 2010 at 7:10 am

    Wow, piccies are amazing. What storms you guys had. Love the pictures of “the herd” … beeyootiful doggies.

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