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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).
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