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COVID Testing Proposed at August 2020 Town Board Meeting. The Story
Marinas and boat yards prep for the storm. The Story
The right prep makes for a calmer storm. Captain's Blog
Motherhood just isn't for everyone. Pet Of The Month
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The Story
What is it? How do we get it?. Guest Columnist
But the dental team stays. The Story
Sailors beware. Captain's Blog
Supporting a beloved town. Letters To The Editor
Safety drills on a river crossing. The Story
Don't steal political signs. Letters To The Editor
Wild and dangerous animals banned in the village. The Story
Community spread and a sharp rise in case numbers. Guest Columnist
Town Board Meeting July 2020. The Story
124 days and 5 hospitals later - home in Oriental. The Story
Sunfish and FJs, Lasers and a Vanguard. The Story
Tracking The Cases. The Story
What happens when we cough, sneeze, talk, and sing. Guest Columnist
Cast your vote. The Story
An Ol' Front Porch Music Festival board member explains. Letters To The Editor
Unanimous Board Vote Cancels Event Due To Covid-19 Virus Concerns. The Story
New symptoms & when to get help. Guest Columnist
Canine embraces new retail career. Pet Of The Month
Governor Cooper cites increased levels of COVID-19 hospitilizations. The Story
Provision Co. Revives Oriental Tradition. The Story
The heart & soul of the Inland Waterway Treasure Company. The Story
Two old roofs come down. The Story
Reducing risk at sea. Captain's Blog
New Brewery has to fix century old roof. The Story
Cherry Branch / Minnesott Beach Ferry On Increased Schedule. The Story
Artist, educator, beloved wife. The Story
It's Spirit Of Independence, July 3 & 4. The Story
Town Board Meeting Report June 2020. The Story
Private grant monies provide flexibility. The Story
One More Virtual Open Mic Night. The Story
Waiting Out The Pandemic in Oriental. The Shipping News
Online from OUMC. The Story
Over 100 Boats and Hundreds Of Humans Off Teachs Cove. The Story
Online from OUMC. The Story
Celebrate but remain vigilant. Guest Columnist
Virtual Hope Regala Raised $125,000. Letters To The Editor
Planting at home. The Story
The Stay-At-Home Order is lifted. The Story
Tonight's performance is dedicated to Marlene Miller. The Story
Listen on the water. The Story
Online from OUMC. The Story
Military asset lights up the sky. Captain's Blog
Songs about chewin' tobacco and love. The Story
3:24p A COVID-19 testing site? Oyster shells. Whittaker Point Restoration… and a concrete pelican. It’s all in the Town Meeting Report.
3:01p Here’s a forecast you can rely on:
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2:33p TownDock is not a fan of seasonal hurricane forecasts. They seem little more than headline fodder. Today’s NOAA news release re-enforced that.
The headline is:
It already is an extremely active season. It’s early August – we just got visited by Isaias – the 9th name storm of 2020.
Reservations for the added runs online at www.ncferry.org or by calling 1-800-BY-FERRY. On Monday, the ferry goes back to its one-run schedule while dredging in Bigfoot Slough continues.
9:02a Bow to Stern Boating had a lot of work to do to secure their fleet for Hurricane Isaias’ visit this Monday. After all that storm prep, getting the sailing fleet ready for this weekend’s regatta was more than could happen in a few short days.
The Bow To Stern Regatta scheduled for Aug 8 & 9 has been cancelled.
8:31a Near 90 today and a 40% chance of rain. Yesterday’s storms dropped about 3/4 inch of rain with high winds at 26 mph. The high wind so far today? 5 mph, recorded just after midnight.
On the Neuse, SE winds 5-10 knots.
6:19p Now 65 Pamlico County cases in the NC COVID dashboard. The two new cases are in zip codes 28523 and 28560.
1:11p Major re-write:
12:56p Oriental has seen a lot of houses get raised in the wake of flooding. This time the raising and the installation might be the same.
This morning, the Superior Crane Company installed a building at the corner of Hodges St. and S. Water St. by hoisting it onto pilings… well above any potential storm waters.
There were a few false starts as beams and straps were adjusted. Eventually, the crew maneuvered everything to their liking and the crane lifted the structure gently skyward. You can see their progress here.
A sign on the fence states the elevated building will be the new home of ‘Serendipity Spa’.9:33a The Minnesott Beach – Cherry Branch Ferry is back in operation.
2:27p John Rahm reports power is back at Dolphin Point. Duke Energy now shows 134 customers in Oriental waiting for power to be restored.
Tideland is making progress, now 6,046 locations in eastern NC with power out. That’s down from over 14,000 earlier today.
12:50p Duke’s outage map is now showing
642 176 customers out in the Oriental area. Internet and phones are back at Town Hall. Power is back at Nautical Wheelers. Power and net have been restored at TownDock HQ.
Isaias is haulin’ north at 35 mph, now in New Jersey / Pennsylvania.
12:30p Duke Energy has power restored for customers in the Merritt area. There remain 232 locations in Oriental without power. Tideland has restored power to about 5,000 eastern NC locations – they still have 9,451 to fix.
12:10p Power restored at The Silos – they are now fully open for dine in and take out. M&Ms Cafe is open as normal for dine in and take out.
11:15a The Silos is open, pizza take out only. Their phones are back, 252-249-1050.
A lot of businesses in town have converted their phones to Spectrum internet. Spectrum’s net service is excellent, but the phone service is a problem when the net goes down. The phone goes down with it. So there are businesses in town that are open, but can’t take a call.
11:07a TownDock personnel were feeling superior, blessed with both power and internet. But alas, we have joined the camping crowd. Power & internet went out about 20 minutes ago. Pull start power has been restored. Phone hotspots are working.11:02a Nautical Wheelers is open:
10:53a Town Hall has power and air conditioning. That bodes well for tonight’s monthly Town Board meeting. Tonight the Board will discuss an offer from Kenny Heath to set up a COVID testing site in Oriental and look at a draft ordinance proposal for dilapidated structures in town. That draft ordinance will go before the Planning Board on the 19th.
View tonight’s agenda here. The Board meets in the large board room at town hall at 7p tonight.
8:45a No Cherry Branch / Minnesott Beach ferry today. The high south winds of storm Isaias have left water levels so low the ramps won’t meet the boats safely.
Sue Kinner says the ferry is probably down for all of today, and it will depend on water height conditions whether they can resume operations Wednesday morning.
Most of Oriental has no power this morning, but some locations have power. Oriental Deli is open and serving.
The Provision Company has power. Village Hardware is open. The Piglet always has power (thanks to a huge generator). TownDock World HQ is blessed with volts and amps.
8:02a Tropical Storm Isaias is moving at 33 mph NNE, just about to visit the Chesapeake right now. Still with 70 mph winds – almost hurricane strength.
Here in post-storm Oriental, a sunny 90 degree day is ahead.
The NOAA Newport NC folks are still chattering about a surge warning. They may need an education on surge. A storm to our west wasn’t going to cause surge, it didn’t surge, and it ain’t gonna surge.
7:31a A view of Isaias spinning up the coast:7:25a Is your power out? Are you grumpy? Town Hall has power (and air conditioning) – but no internet or phones. From Diane at Town Hall:
Somehow, at TownDock World Headquarters the power is on, the internet is flowing and the phones work. It’s nice having a halo.6:40a You’ve survived. Best keep it that way. From Town Hall:
6:17a It is officially sunrise. It’s a bit wet, and mostly without power – but town is still here.
Isaias left an imprint. This morning most of Oriental is without power. Duke Energy lists 839 local customers with power out, ranging from Merritt to Oriental. They don’t list an expected repair time yet. The 839 local outages are part of 185 thousand power outages Duke Energy has across North Carolina in the wake of Isaias.
In Pamlico County outside of Oriental, Tideland Electric is the primary power provider. Across eastern North Carolina Tideland serves 22,851 customers. Of that 22,851 total, 13,329 are without power.
5:21a At 5a, the outer bands of Isaias are still with us, but with modest effect. The storm’s center has almost departed our fair state – about 15 miles southeast of Roanoke Rapids, 85 miles WSW of Norfolk. Max winds 70 mph, and Isaias is hauling north at 28 mph.
3:22a Tideland now lists 8,764 locations with power out. That’s out of a total 22,851 they serve power to. Ouch.
Duke Energy lists 839 local locations without power, from Merritt to Oriental.
3:14a There is some impressive breeze right now. 56 mph a few minutes ago – a new high wind for the night.
3:00a Isaias peak winds are down – just a bit. Now at 70 mph, Iasias is no longer a hurricane. But Tropical Storm Isaias still has power – winds are bouncing between the 20s to the upper 40s in Oriental. Storm Isaias is currently at 35.5°N 78.0°W, moving at an impressively fast 24 mph NNE.
2:25a Greg Gallagher reports power out near Dawsons Creek. Tideland’s eastern NC outage # has grown to 2,876. A long Tuesday is ahead for power crews. While Duke’s local outage number remains at 785, they list over 125,000 homes without power in Wilmington NC.
A new high wind # – 53 mph at 2:12a.
2:07a Bill Wheeler reports power out at both Pineview and Nautical Wheelers on Broad St. Chris Moffat reports power out on Styron Drive. Looking around town from the TownDock.net HQ perch, it appears power is off at most “downtown” locations. Duke Energy lists 785 local homes without power. Tideland shows over 2,600 of their customers without power (for Tideland that’s over their entire eastern NC customer base).
Somehow, power is still on for TownDock.
2:00a Isaias remains a hurricane, but max winds have reduced to 75 mph. Current location 35.0°N 78.1°W, about 60 miles southwest of Greenville, NC. The storm is moving NNE at 23 mph (that’s fast).
Power is flickering on and off at TownDock HQ… but it is still on.
1:51a High wind so far: 47 mph just a minute ago.
Duke Energy reports 785 homes now without power from Merritt to Oriental. Power is still on at TownDock HQ near the harbor… but that generator is standing by.
12:31a High wind since midnight – 42 mph. It’s crankin’ out there right now.
12:26a Power is still on, but flickering lights have begun.
TownDock Power & Light (pull start generator) has been tested and is standing by.
12:05a Here’s a local forecast not often seen:
Overnight…Tropical storm conditions. Southeast winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph, increasing to 40 to 50 mph with gusts up to 65 mph.
11:37p New high wind a few minutes ago – 38mph. That number will likely be rising overnight.
11:32p The Oriental Weather Station has winds east at 30 mph right now. Strong east winds will rise water levels. That said, the winds will not likely stay east for very long. As Hurricane Isaias moves north (and is to our west) the winds will become southeast and then south winds.
Once the winds are south, that will lower local water levels.
11:08p Above, the eye is in clear view on weather radar. Below, watch Isaias travel north towards us.
10:58p Hurricane Isaias has good news, and bad news. The challenging news – Isaias now has 85 mph peak winds. The good? Isaias is moving at a screaming fast 22 mph. The storm’s center is basically at the NC/SC border – just 25 miles ENE of Myrtle Beach. 50 miles SW of Wilmington NC.
Expect strong winds off Isaias right side as it passes by overnight. Locally, the highest winds are forecast to be between 2a and 3a.
8:18p Hurricanes and tropical storms often visit at inconvenient hours. TownDock.net will be staying up for this storm, reporting local conditions and experiences through the night.
Here’s the NOAA GOES satellite view of Hurricane Isaias:
8:05p The outer rain bands of Hurricane Isaias delivered about 1/2” of rain a couple hours ago. The NOAA/NHC rain forecast for our area is 1-2 inches for the duration of the storm. That is rather mild for a hurricane visit, but the core track of Isaias will be well west of us.
When will peak Hurricane Isaias storm impact be? Likely 2a – 3a in and near Oriental. Maximum tropical storm force winds in the 40s are possible, with gusts to 60 mph. It will be mostly gone a few hours after that. Moving now at 16 mph (and forecast to increase that speed) our time with Isaias will be brief.
Hurricane Isaias eastern NC route:
7:55p While the Isaias forecast seemed to bounce around a few days ago, since late Saturday it has been rock solid consistent. The storm is now Hurricane Isaias – as forecast. 75 mph peak winds. Location 32.8N 79.0W, that’s about 60 miles south of Myrtle Beach. The storm is moving fast at 16 mph.
5:00p Excellent news – Isaias is moving fast. Now NNE at 16 mph. The faster the storm moves through, the more brief our storm experience and less storm impact. Isaias remains a tropical storm with 70 mph max winds. It is forecast to reach 75 mph hurricane strength later tonight before landfall near the NC/SC border.
Isaias is now 120 miles SSW of Myrtle Beach. The putt putt course is almost in sight.4:02p No banking Tuesday morning:
2:37p Preparing for the storm. Most folks around Oriental are experienced at it. Some tie up their boats. Some haul their boats. TownDock visited local boatyards for this report.
2:01p The 2p Isaias update – no change. 70 mph peak winds. Marching north at 13 mph. Still forecast to strengthen to hurricane status before landfall tonight near the NC/SC border.
Now 115 miles south of Charleston SC, 180 miles south of Myrtle Beach.
NHC (the National Hurricane Center) has us in a 1-2 inch rain prediction area. Our local NOAA office in Newport NC is even more specific, put Oriental & Pamlico County in a 1 to 1.5 inch zone.1:32p Just announced – SIX new coronavirus cases in Pamlico County:
11:05 The 11a update has Isaias still as a 70 mph tropical storm – but is forecast to make landfall tonight as a hurricane. Isaias is at 30.7N 80.1W, 90 miles ESE of Brunswick, GA, 220 miles SSW of Myrtle Beach. The storm is gaining speed (this is a good thing), now moving N at 13 mph.
The track west of us means little surge in our area. However, the right side of Isaias is expected to have powerful winds. Here’s NOAA’s forecast of maximum sustained winds in eastern North Carolina.
With Isaias passing to our left, these winds would be primarily from the south and southwest. Winds at these forces have real potential for downed trees and power outages.10:28a The ferry will stop running this afternoon. From Operations Manager Michael Merrill at Cherry Branch:
With Oriental now being under a tropical storm warning, both town docks are closed.
9:26a It’s the view from space. NOAA’s GOES East satellite… Isaias track from the Caribbean to the Florida coast:
8:50a Wind, surge, rain. Hurricane or tropical storm? It’s all in the latest Isaias update from NHC. No locusts though.
8:02 Isaias is offshore Florida, about 100 miless ESE of Jacksonville, FL, or 250 miles SSW of Myrtle Beach. Peak winds remain at 70 mph, but are forecast to become 75 mph today – restoring the storm’s title – Hurricane Iasias.
We’ll get some rain, but we are in an area predicted for just 1 – 2 inches:
5:55a Tropical Storm Isaias is just off St Augustine, FL, and heading out over warm Atlantic waters bound for Myrtle Beach. The storm has 70 mph winds… it is forecast to pick up a little steam on it’s way north, potentially arriving at the NC/SC border with 75 mph winds. If so, Isaias would be a category one hurricane.
As it’s passing to our west the storm is expected to have peak 65 mph winds, with gusts to 80. How much of that we feel is TBD, but Isaias is expected to have a large wind field on it’s right – and that’s where we will be. Tropical storm winds (35 mph plus) are likely in Oriental and Pamlico County.
This may be the most modest storm (it is no longer a hurricane) where the town has declared a state of emergency, however there is a real concern re potentially tropical storm force winds & tornado formation on the right side of Isaias. While surge isn’t likely, some downed trees and power outages wouldn’t be a surprise.
Y’all play nice now.
5:41p NHC’s Ken Graham talks about storm warnings & watches, plus potential surge from Tropical Storm Isaias:
FYI, NOAA/NHC isn’t attempting to predict surge at specific locations. Their 1-3 ft for the entire NC coast plus the Pamlico Sound / Neuse River just implies a maximum surge event. With the current forecast track, Oriental is unlikely to see much surge at all.
That said, we may see some tropical storm force winds. More on that below.
4:55p Storm Isaias powers up a bit – 70 mph (just 5 mph below hurricane strength). Despite this wind uptick, Isaias is not forecast to regain hurricane strength. Now off the east central Florida coast, moving north-northwest at 9 mph.
The forecast track has moved slightly east – but not enough to change the forecast for Oriental. The landfall has moved north – now targeted near Myrtle Beach and the NC/SC border.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:
• Sebastian Inlet Florida to Ocracoke Inlet North Carolina
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:
• Ocracoke Inlet North Carolina to Watch Hill Rhode Island
• Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds
Oriental & Pamlico County is under a tropical storm watch. Beaufort & Morehead City is now under a tropical storm warning. A “watch” is an alert for the potential for severe weather. A “warning” means severe weather is imminent or occurring.
2:38p A video update… NHC Director Ken Graham explains the strong winds on the right side of Tropical Storm Isaias – strong winds that we may be getting:
2:04p At 2p Storm Isaias is moving NNW at 9 mph, max winds 65 mph. The forecast track described above and below continues. If you’re in Oriental, the Isaias forecast is looking relatively well.
If you’re in Myrtle Beach, not so much.
Rain? We’re near the line between a 2-4 inch prediction band and a 1-2 inch area:
11:00a The 11a Storm Isiaias update – no forecast change. Still predicted to come ashore between Charleston and Myrtle Beach SC. Still predicted to take an inland path way west of us… passing over Rocky Mount NC on its way north.
While local surge is not a concern from this forecast – winds are.
We have greater than a 50% probability of seeing tropical storm force winds. The Neuse and Pamlico Sound marine forecasts predict those winds… 30-35 knots forecast for Monday night and Tuesday.
10:30a Earlier this morning Oriental United Methodist Church returned to having outdoor services at Lou Mac Park. For those that can’t attend the outdoor service online services will continue – OUMC streams today’s Sunday morning service from the sanctuary.
9:03a Now that Isaias forecast track has moved west, we have almost learned to say Isaias. Ken Graham (see below) has been an excellent instructor.
Good news re upcoming storm names… no pronunciation problems. The next names on deck: Josephine, Kyle and Laura.
8:50a Ken Graham at the National Hurricane Center has a video update on Storm Isaias:
8:02a The 8a update for storm Isaias: Location 26.5°N 79.5°W, moving northwest at 8 mph, max winds 65 mph.
No change in the forecast track. See information above and below.
6:05a Saturday dumped 2 inches of rain on Oriental. Today sunny and low 90s – just a 20% chance of an afternoon shower.
While Monday night and Tuesday may see tropical storm conditions on the Neuse, today an easy 5-10 knot south winds.
5:15a From our perspective in Oriental NC, the storm Isaias news is positive. Isaias remains at tropical storm power (now 65 mph) – and now isn’t forecast to ever regain hurricane strength. The track has trended even farther west, now targeting a path that takes it close to Wilson/Rocky Mount on it’s inland route north.
We still may see some tropical storm force winds on this forecast route, however surge would not be an issue for our area. The Neuse and Pamlico Sound marine forecasts underscore the potential winds… 30-35 knots is forecast for Monday night and Tuesday.
8:03p There’s little change in the (now) Tropical Storm Isaias forecast since 5p. Max winds are near 70 mph. Isaias is forecast to regain hurricane, but then again weaken. It is expected to slowly weaken Sunday night through Monday.
5:43p A downgrade and another shift west. Ken Graham at the National Hurricane Center explains.
5:06p More good news on Isaias. The storm has weakened to a tropical storm, now 70 mph peak winds. Isaias is forecast to regain hurricane strength as it moves over Florida.The track continues to shift slightly westward.
2:37p Ken Graham is back with a video update on Hurriance Isaias. Ken talks about Isaias having difficulty with wind shear. You want a hurricane to be having a difficult life.
2:12p In between your planning for the end of the world, you can take a break and discover more about canine love.
2:02p The news is positive re Hurricane Isaias. The storm has weakened a bit more, now 75 mph peak winds. It is expected to have winds of 65 or 70 mph Monday, making it no longer a hurricane (it will be a powerful tropical storm).
The forecast track remains west of us – still coming ashore at the SC/NC border, then inland taking it west of New Bern. With this track, the surge forecast for the Oriental area is negligible.
Don’t count on this track though. Prep as though we will get a modest hurricane visit.
1:20p. The National Hurricane Center’s Ken Graham talks about Hurricane Isaias. If there’s one thing you get out of this video… Ken has an ability few of us have. He can actually pronounce Isaias.
At 11a Hurricane Isaias is approaching the Bahamas, at 24.7°N 77.9°W, moving northwest at 12 mph. Reports from Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that max winds have decreased slightly to near 80 mph. Little change in strength is expected through Sunday, and Isaias is forecast to remain a hurricane during this time. Slow weakening is expected to begin by late Monday.
Late Monday/early Tuesday Isaias is forecast to arrive in eastern North Carolina as a tropical storm – not a hurricane. But don’t let that sound like the storm will be weak – it is still expected to have 65-70 mph peak winds.
10:01a As Isaias approaches, there’s boat prep to be done. Captain John Rahm has a few ideas. One of them includes blue tape. It seems John really likes blue tape.
8:41a Sometimes Oriental provides a view of things together – that you might not normally see together most places.
8:12a. The 8a update – no forecast or track changes. See above and below for the latest info on Hurricane Isaias.
TownDock Senior Management still can’t pronounce (or spell) our visitors name.
6:22a As well as a hurricane prep weekend… this is a summer weekend in Oriental. High’s today & Sunday low 90s, with heat index numbers wilting between 105 and 110.
6:10a. The weather gods giveth, and then taketh away.
The 5a update for Hurricane Isaias has the track moving back east (and closer) – but still slightly west of us. The other component is the latest forecast has the storm slowing down it’s progress as it approaches. We don’t want the storm slowing down – that means it will be here longer as it passes through.
Isaias is currently moving northwest at 12 mph, with max sustained winds of 85 mph. The latest track has Isaias coming ashore between Surf City and Emerald Isle NC about 3a Tuesday morning, then proceeding inland, the eye about half way between New Bern and Oriental.
The CERA surge model now projects Oriental with a 2-3 ft surge from this track, New Bern at 4-5 ft.
Both the track and surge models will be changing as Hurricane Isaias approaches. If you plan for a 5 ft surge in Oriental, you shouldn’t be caught off guard.
8:05p At 8p the storm is at 22.9°N 75.9°W, moving northwest at 15 mph, peak winds now 80 mph. The 8p update has Hurricane Isaias track west of us holding steady.
In this forecast track Isaias makes landfall Monday afternoon between Myrtle Beach and Wilmington, traveling inland west of New Bern, passing directly over Little Washington on it’s way north.
A storm passing this far west of us would not cause significant surge. The CERA surge models, taking into consideration the latest NHC forecast track, show no surge at all for the Oriental area. They do however show potential surge levels of 4 ft for New Bern, and 5 ft for Little Washington.
At this time NOAA/NHC’s surge model is only forecasting for Florida’s east coast.One new COVID-19 case today – from Pamlico County Emergency Management:
5:09p This update is all good re storm impact in or near Oriental & Pamlico County. The storm is currently at 22.6°N 75.7°W, moving NW at 15 mph, with max sustained winds of 75 mph.
The track has moved further west & inland. Isaias would come ashore between Myrtle Beach and Wilmington, passing west of Jacksonville NC and west of New Bern. If you have trouble with geography, that would be WAY WEST of Oriental. The intensity forecast has lowered, now forecasting Isaias to arrive in eastern NC with peak 70 or 65 mph winds. That’s below Category 1 hurricane strength – Isaias would then be again simply a powerful tropical storm.
Due to the westward shift in the NHC forecast track, a Hurricane Warning and Storm Surge Watch have been issued for portions of the Florida east coast.
Please don’t interpret this improved forecast for our town as an “all clear.” If the storm again tracks back east (and it may well) it would also likely further strengthen. While the forecast does not currently suggest it, planning for up to a 5 ft surge is prudent.
Tropical Depression TEN has formed off Africa. It is expected to have a short life, and is of no concern to North America.3:24p Right now the Hurricane Isaias forecast doesn’t suggest this will be a storm with significant local evacuations. Pamlico County Emergency Management writes in with guidance just in case:
2:00p No change in the 2p Hurricane Unpronounceable forecast track. Again forecast to pass to our west, which would mean little to no surge (if this track actually happens). Current location 22.2°N 75.2°W, moving NW at 16 mph. Max winds 75 mph.
If the track above happened, we would get very little surge. Is this the right track?
The right track is to prepare for a visit and up to 5 feet of surge. If that doesn’t happen (that much surge is not predicted at the moment) you can be pleasantly surprised.
Meanwhile, you can practice your pronunciation.
12:58p. NC HHS data now has 54 of the 57 coronavirus cases in Pamlico County. Click here to see the updated zip code cases map.
It’s all part of the story of the new Pet Of The Month. Paige is Miss July.
11:25a Hurricane Isaias is expected to strengthen more. The forecast now calls for it to reach 90 mph winds Sunday, and have 75 to 80 mph peak winds Monday as it arrives. That doesn’t mean however we will see those winds – that will be dependent on the ultimate track. The latest update at 11a has that track moving inland and moving west of us.
8:08a When is Isaias likely to get here? Monday daytime, with peak winds & surge Monday evening. That presumes the storm speed is as forecast. Some models suggest the storm will speed up, arriving sooner in the day Monday. The official NOAA/NHC forecast however has the storm’s peak Monday evening.
6:32a We have a hurricane visitor to plan for. This morning Hurricane Isaias has 80 mph winds… the storm is projected to arrive Monday evening with 75 mph peak winds. Will we get 75 mph winds? Probably not. But we will see tropical storm conditions. Surge TBD. Early models indicate 3-4 ft, but new data today could change that.
Today is the last day of July. High’s lower 90s, and afternoon heat index values around 106.
8:07p Storm Isaias is now expected to reach hurricane strength before Friday night, with winds at 75 mph. The storm would stay at Category 1 hurricane strength during its Monday visit to eastern North Carolina.
Initial surge projections are becoming available. So far max surge for Oriental and the immediate area is forecast at 3-4 ft, but that could change up or down based on the storm’s ultimate path, and the speed at which it passes. TownDock will have surge numbers from multiple sources online Friday.
North Carolina has over 120,000 cases statewide, 1,903 deaths, and 1,239 currently hospitalized. In Craven County, there are 610 cases of coronavirus and 9 deaths. Carteret County has 279 cases and 4 deaths.
2:02p. No change in the latest (2p) Tropical Storm Isaias forecast track – it stays on the Beaufort/Ocracoke run in the image above.
11:25a The projected track for Tropical Storm Unpronounceable has moved east and a bit away from our town. The forecast remains for Isaias to stay just below hurricane strength… peak winds of 70 mph expected.
This Sunday – weather pending – they return to Sunday services in Lou Mac Park. To join the outdoor Sunday sermon bring a chair, a mask, and the church bulletin.
Reverend Dr. Anne Walker-Sims asks congregants to observe the 3 Ws while at the riverside. Click here for more information on OUMC’s Sunday Service.
8:12a When might Isaias begin to make his presence known? While the highest winds would be Monday night, the winds of Isaias could start to arrive early Monday.
One key positive about this storm’s likely visit – Tropical Storm Isaias is forecast to move by quickly. The storms that cause trouble are the one that move through slowwwwwly… which provides the time needed to create significant flooding. A quick moving storm generally will have minimal flooding impact.
6:14a Tropical Storm Isaias formed late last night – but it’s already a record holding storm. Usually a discussion re a record holding storm is how powerful it is. Fortunately with Isaias, that’s not the record.
Now that Isaias has been declared, it’s the earliest “I” named storm on record. Storms that begin in “I” make us a tad nervous around here. Hurricanes Isabel (2003) and Irene (2011) left damp memories (storms that bring over 9 ft of surge can have that effect).
The previous record-holder for the earliest “I” named storm of the season was Irene. Nope, not that Irene. It was a storm Irene that formed on August 7, 2005. That storm politely stayed at sea.
Unfortunately , Isaias has plans to visit land.
There’s one other thing about Isaias. How to pronounce it. At TownDock HQ we’ve been saying “I-say-ahs.” We’ve been wrong.
The National Hurricane Center uses the pronunciation “ee-sah-EE-ahs.” It’s a mouthful. Four syllables, with the third syllable emphasized.
Let’s all try it together. Say it with us: ee-sah-EE-us
Yeah. We can’t say it either.
The name Isaias is of Spanish origin – it means “God Is My Salvation.”
11:35p Tropical Storm Isaias is finally declared. The forecast track has moved, now showing an eastern NC landfall Monday evening. That forecast track is likely to change in coming days. Intensity forecasts have Isaias as a powerful tropical storm, but not reaching hurricane strength.NOAA/NHC fine print and it Storm Isaias will likely be declared Thursday morning. Even then, it’s track and future strength may be unclear.
Models have moved more eastward – that means closer to visiting us.
6:04p If you haven’t been to The Silos lately, the upstairs dining room has been renovated. There’s a a new seating arrangement and the bar has a new home. The stage, however, is still right by the stairs and ready for tonight’s Open Mic night.
Bring your instrument or just your voice and perform upstairs on the small stage. Music begins at 7p.
4:43p Pamlico County Emergency Management has an update on the existing cases of coronavirus in the county:
9:31a Oriental usually doesn’t want rain ahead of hurricane season – more than enough is coming. Yesterday was an exception… the plants and trees were looking a little parched.
The high was 95 with a heat index of 108. And then it rained. Two-thirds of an inch. It may not seem like much, but the rain did more than just water the plants. It dropped the temperature more than 20 degrees in two hours.
It looks like the rain may hang around for a few days. There’s a 50% chance today and tomorrow.
6:10a Will “Nine” be declared a tropical storm today? Probably. NOAA/NHC sent out a Hurricane Hunter aircraft yesterday afternoon and reported: “…the Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft has been unable to find a well-defined center.” At least two aircraft will be sent out again today to further investigate.
Meanwhile, the tropical disturbance called “Nine” is moving west. Tropical storm conditions are arriving today at the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Some models do suggest a turn north that would take the storm towards us, but most are favoring a route towards Florida.
2:50p NHC has almost named a new storm. Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine just isn’t an impressive title. However, Tropical Storm Isaias is, and that is likely (but not certain) to be it’s title tomorrow.While we see an early forecast track that would keep Nine/Isaias south of us, this storm is hard to predict right now. From NHC:
If (a big IF) the early forecast track is accurate, Isaias could be arriving at southern Florida this weekend.
8:44a Yesterday’s high temp reached 97… but the heat index climbed to 108. Today looks like a similar hot one – highs mid 90s, and heat index values over 100 and perhaps near 110.
8:28a Will he or won’t he? Invest 92 is being a tropical tease on the Atlantic. Over the weekend all indications were (a 90% chance) that Tropical Storm Isaias would be declared. But then Invest 92/Isaias calmed down a bit.
This morning the potential storm is suffering from appearance anxiety (NOAA says “the system does not yet have a well-defined center”). However, data from a weather buoy is indicating near tropical-storm-force winds (27 knots a few minutes ago).
NOAA/NHC is sending a Hurricane Hunter aircraft to investigate the system this afternoon. If they see a near tropical storm, this could get declared promptly. Right now Invest 92 is at an 80% chance of being declared in the next 48 hours, 90% in the next 5 days.
While future storm Isaias could become a hurricane, it isn’t expected to be a particularly powerful storm. But any potential hurricane visit does get one’s attention.
12:17p Scammers aren’t just in emails; they target classifieds, too.
When a scammer contacted one Oriental resident, he decided to go with it and see how these online scams play out. Read the story here.
8:53a There are a lot of places that are no longer crowded because of COVID-19. Out on the water, that may not be the case.
This morning, it’s only in the mid 80s, but it’s forecast to get up to the mid 90s. The heat index will be in the mid 100s.
There is a chance of rain all week; percentages fluctuate from 20-60 depending on the day. However, that’s an 80-40% chance of no rain this week. Last week also had a chance of rain, but there was no measurable accumulation.
11:05a Oriental United Methodist Church has put their outdoor services on pause until August. They are still providing online services – OUMC streams today’s Sunday morning service from the sanctuary.
9:05a Sunny and 90 today. Monday brings back the brutal mid 90s, then the rest of the week is high near 90 with a semi-perpetual 50% chance of showers.
8:28a In past years it was early in the season to be anticipating an “I” storm in late August. This year, we are about to see an “I” storm declared, and it’s late July. This has been an unusually busy, perhaps better word – early – tropical storm season.
There was an exception – Hurricane Dorian. Dorian was Category 5, 185 mph winds. The Bahamas were devastated. However, Dorian was a more modest hurricane when she visited eastern North Carolina. Oriental saw a 6 foot surge, with limited damage.
This morning there is a “disturbance” out in the Atlantic, Invest 92, expected to be declared Tropical Depression (or storm) Isaias in the next few days.
Will Isaias be another Dorian? Probably not. While environmental conditions support Isaias developing into a storm and perhaps a hurricane, they don’t appear ripe to create a powerful hurricane.
Still, a potential visit from any hurricane is a reminder of the season we are in. This morning most of the early computer models suggest the future storm would pass through the Caribbean and then stay out at sea. But at least one model visits Beaufort on the nose:
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