The camera zooms in and the water looks to be high. The mayor is asked if he is surprised at how high the water is this far in advance of Gabrielle.
Without even skipping a beat, he says "No, the water is normally that high after a good thunderstorm."
The reporters went on to try to make a big deal out of "new" beach erosion at North Topsail. As anyone in area can verify, that erosion has been around long enough to have been voted on by the electorate.
As a long time Cape Carteret resident told me, the television weathermen want a hurricane so bad that they can taste it. Fortunately for us Gabrielle isn't going to be it.
While I have lots of respect for the Accuweather folks, they fell victim to the hurricane wish also as their site yesterday afternoon even predicted that Gabrielle would become a Category I hurricane before hitting the Carolina coast.
There is a chance that at least the rainfall forecasts of one to three inches will be accurate
We all hope Gabrielle is going to give our area at least some rain which we are happy to have. The current track has the storm going over Down East Carteret County where the water and the land are very close together.
I am certain the Roanoke area (and any part of North Carolina) would love to have the one to three inches of rain, we might get. As of this 7 am morning we had seen one half of an inch.
I would offer my congratulations on the new record temperature set yesterday in Roanoke, but I am sure people are ready to see the head and dry conditions disappear.
While I can't offer any short term hope, NOAA is reporting LA NIÑA IS DEVELOPING. That can often mean a cool, wet spring for North Carolina and Virginia, but it is not something you can take to the bank.
I also have a new travel guide to the Emerald Isle area.