The wind picked up last night, but I slept soundly as usual. It must have rained a good bit, too. This morning the winds are steady at around 20 - 30 mph, with higher gusts. No tide that I am aware of.
There is something distinctive about a tropical storm. Don't know exactly what it is. Skies are gray and overcast. That's not unusual. The trees are swaying back and forth. We see that a lot here on the Outer Banks. Maybe it's the quiet. After a busy summer we notice any return to tranquility -- even in the midst of stormy weather. Of course no one was evacuated from the island for Ernesto. But it certainly seems that there are fewer people than usual here today. Maybe everyone has just decided to hunker down until the storm completely passes us by.
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