A Weekend With Matthew

Hurricane Matthew was one to keep the meteorologists guessing. A week or so ago, the forecast was dire for our area: Matthew would most likely make landfall along the North Carolina or Virginia coast as a major hurricane.  Then, that all changed, and Matthew was expected to skirt the Florida coast, then make a sharp turn to the east and our area was taken out of the “cone” of possibility.

Well, Matthew had other plans, and came ashore in South Carolina on Saturday, then moved just off the coast to near Cape Hatteras, N.C. As the speed of the storm slowed, the size increased, causing our area to have strong winds and heavy rain for an extended length of time.

Although we had effects from the storm, we consider ourselves very fortunate: the tide in our yard wasn’t as high as recent storms, and we never lost electricity, nor any trees. Saturday night was an anxious one for us, as we listened to heavy rain (nearly 10 inches, we’ve learned) and strong winds.

Matthew caused many problems for our county.  In some areas, trees fell across highways.

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In other places, the roads flooded, and although some cars were lost in high water, to our knowledge, there were no injuries or deaths.

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This bridge flooded to the point that all that remained visible was the top of the guardrails.

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And it appears that this roadway was close to being washed away.

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Motor Man and I have a police scanner and listened Saturday night, for several hours during the worst of the storm. We heard law enforcement officers,  and (mostly) volunteer fire department and rescue squad members as they braved horrible weather conditions to keep the roadways as safe as possible and help citizens who were in need. They deserve (but oftentimes receive little) respect and appreciation for the jobs they do.

By late yesterday afternoon, the sun was shining, and what a welcome sight that was.

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It’s always interesting to see what washes up in our yard with the tide trash. This time, in addition to the usual plastic water and beverage bottles, there was also an empty peanut butter jar, a huge vinyl glove, the lid from a plastic tackle box and a 4-foot long log (or trunk of a small tree?).

Yes, our visit from Matthew wasn’t nearly as tragic as it was for so many folks to our south.  And for that, we are grateful.

~These Days Of Mine~

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10 responses to “A Weekend With Matthew

  1. Great pictures. Rising water can be a terrifying thing. Glad the impact in our little neighborhood so far not bad, but did just hear wind took down tree/ electricity in our small town of Surry. And another hurricane brewing. AND season half over. Let’s hope the worst is over!

  2. Thanks for sharing the photos – we’ve always been glad we’re up on a hill and the only water around is the creek way down in the woods (!) but water can truly be dangerous and when it’s out of its’ normal flow boundaries it truly IS. Glad you’re all safe there – cleaning up isn’t fun but it’s a whole lot better than rebuilding……like many will be doing. Thank heavens for rescue personnel both fire and police along with all the MANY volunteers everywhere who help rescue animals and people……….we pitch in to help each other – that’s such a wonderful thing!

    Pam

  3. Glad you’re safe. Interesting pictures as always!

  4. Yes, I think we fared ok, but the storm did take a little bit of a different track than what was predicted … seems to be the usual way !
    We just don’t need another Floyd or Isabel ….

  5. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    So glad you all did OK. High water is truly nothing to fool around with. Good pictures telling the story.

  6. Yes, we truly were blessed not to have damage or to have lost our power – others in our area were not so fortunate. That disappearing bridge is something to behold. Glad to see that you fared well also. Now to see if schools will reopen tomorrow.

  7. Those are some scary photos! Amazing, really, that you never lost power. Glad you are safe.

  8. That bridge picture and the picture of the road washing away are shocking. I am glad you didn’t lose power and that there was no damage to your home or property. Happy you are okay.

  9. So glad you were spared from Matthew’s rage. My heart hurts for all those affected so severely by the hurricane and as always, I’m thankful for all of those brave first responders who put their own lives in jeopardy to rescue others. They are amazing!

  10. I’m thankful Matthew is over with and didn’t cause any deaths in your area. 10 inches is a a lot of rain. I hope the flood waters go away soon.
    I enjoyed walking the beach during our vacations and seeing what items washes up. Sunglasses were the most abundant debris.
    I send out thanks to the law enforcement officers, fire department and rescue squad members, they are wonderful and very brave folks.

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