Good Morning and Welcome to my Atlantic Life in Hatteras 😊
(*warning, it's a bit of an ocean photo-fest)
So last week, as hurricane Fiona raged hundreds of miles out in the Atlantic, in Hatteras we were feeling the effects of the outer bands of the storm. And whilst we've had beautiful, calm, sunny blue skies, my ocean has been telling another story....
On Wednesday, I was greeted by a higher than normal high tide (almost reaching the dunes) and gone were the calm serene seas, replaced instead by large, turbulent, foaming waves. As all our guests had checked out by lunchtime, and our new guests wouldn't check in until after 3pm, JB and I headed down Pole Road to the tip of the island to check out the ocean. It was quite a sight....people sunning themselves on this beautifully warm day, whilst just a few feet away the ocean was flexing its muscles 🌊. This part of the island changes so much, this time I was completely taken aback by the sandy extension that has appeared.....someone had even driven a truck out to the very end of the sandbar (not something I would have chosen to do). Again, the stark contrasts were evident, the seemingly calm blue sound-side of the sandbar (although it looked like super strong currents were evident), compared to the white churning maelstrom on the other side.
By high tide at 6pm that day, my Atlantic was looking even more ferocious, and I feared that more damage would be done to our already fragile dunes.
Later in the evening, the windspeeds increased substantially and howled throughout most of the night......so it was with a little trepidation that I walked to my beach this morning before sunrise, hoping that there wouldn't be much damage to the dunes evident.
Fortunately, the area of the beach that I walk, appeared to have fared pretty well considering the ferocity of the waves....and, as the sun appeared in the sky, through the clouds, it looked like it would be another beautiful day here in Hatteras 💗
Here are some pics I captured...😊