Thursday, September 11, 2008

Waterspouts & Tornadoes

A reader asked recently about waterspouts. We see them occasionally in the water around Ocracoke. They are always impressive, but rarely do damage. Of course mariners keep as far away from them as possible. Occasionally destructive waterspouts/tornadoes will make it to the shore. Several years ago a soundside cottage was hit by a large waterspout/tornado. Luckily, no one was in the building because the turbulence lifted the entire house off the ground, carried it into the sound, and blew it apart. All that was left were the concrete steps and the old concrete cistern. You can still see the empty lot at the end of North Pond Road.

Here is more information about waterspouts from Wikipedia:

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the wreck of the Victoria S, and Ocracoke's first automobile accident. You can read it here.


  1. Wow, that's amazing.
    Thanks for sharing.
    I would like to see one, but far enough where I would enjoy it and not worry about it.

  2. Anonymous1:37 PM

    So "that" explains the empty foundation on that lot. Interesting. Just goes to show--no matter how many times you visit, there's always something new to learn about Ocracoke.

    Now, as for the long-vacant house across the street at the far end of that road...?

  3. Sorry...I don't know anything about the "long-vacant house."