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Visiting Sailor & Dog | August 6, 2020

A visiting sailor motored his crew into town for their morning walk.

Isaias displaces local | August 5, 2020

Early yesterday morning, while surveying the damage left by Hurricane Isaias, TownDock staff found a temporarily displaced local. Local birding expert identified it as “a Mourning Dove just fledged.” click for the big pic and more from Liz

The Duck Pond's Walking Fish | August 4, 2020

A better look at the duck pond dwellers in the wake of Storm Isaias. Click to watch.

About that surge.... | August 4, 2020

NOAA predicted a surge of 2-4 feet. The duck pond dragon disagrees.

Radar - Mid Atlantic | August 4, 2020

Tropical Storm Isias departs North Carolina. It’s the mid-atlantic weather radar view. Click image for the big view, and also other radar views: National Weather Radar, Southeast Weather Radar, and Newport/Morehead City Weather Radar.

Newport/Morehead City Weather Radar | August 3, 2020
Travelift Rolls Royce | August 3, 2020

We’ve seen different measures to mitigate potential surge over the years – but this is a first. At Ron Diamond’s (of Picker’s fame) – a Rolls Royce held up by a marine Travelift. (Pat Stockwell photo)

Isaias Track Updated Monday Aug 3 11a | August 3, 2020

Update Mon 11a: Storm Isaias forecast track makes landfall as a hurricane near Myrtle Beach and the NC/SC border late tonight… with the inland track passing near Rocky Mt NC.

Isaias Track Updated Monday Aug 3 5a | August 3, 2020

Update Mon 8a: Storm Isaias forecast track makes landfall near Myrtle Beach and the NC/SC border late tonight… with the inland track passing just west of Greenville NC.

Isaias Track Updated Sunday Aug 2 5p | August 2, 2020

Storm Isaias is now predicted to make landfall near Myrtle Beach and the NC/SC border, late Monday night… with the inland track passing over Greenville NC.

And Farther West Again | August 2, 2020

Storm Isaias is predicted to make landfall between Charleston and Myrtle Beach late Monday night… with the inland track passing west of Greenville NC.

Farther West | August 1, 2020

Isaias has weakened to a tropical storm. The forecast track has moved farther west, now predicted to come ashore at Myrtle Beach.

And back west again... | August 1, 2020

No change in the 2p update – the Hurricane Isaias track remains well west of us. (and away from our fair city). This track would come ashore at the SC/NC border, inland tracking west of New Bern.

Isaias Moves Back East | August 1, 2020

The 5a & 8a updates have Isaias trending closer. The storm would come ashore near Sneads Ferry, then inland between New Bern and Oriental. (CERA image. Click track image for bigger view, and another track.)

Isaias track moves west | July 31, 2020

The forecast track moves west. IF this were the track, surge would be decreased, but we may see higher winds (depending how far west of us the track was). The latest projected track would make landfall near Wilmington and head inland from there. This projected track will likely be jumping west and east for the next couple days as Hurricane Isaias approaches.

Isaias Is A Hurricane | July 31, 2020

Isaias is a hurricane… now peak 80 mph winds. Isaias is forecast to arrive at eastern NC Monday with 75 mph winds – a Category 1 hurricane. The storm is thankfully still moving fast – 18 mph. While it It will likely be moving slower than than that when it gets nearer – it still will be proceeding at a fast rate for a hurricane. That makes for a briefer visit, and less storm impact to our area.

Tropical Storm Isaias Track Moves Back West... | July 30, 2020

The forecast route moves back…. now tracking just east of town. It appears Storm Isaias will be doing a track back n forth dance for the next few days. Still peak 60 mph winds – and still moving FAST – 20 mph. It will likely be moving slower than than that when it gets nearer – but still be moving at a fast rate for a tropical system. That will make for a briefer visit, and less storm impact to our area.

Tropical Storm Isaias Track Moves East | July 30, 2020

The forecast track of Tropical Storm Iasias will be moving around a lot in coming days. At the latest update it has moved east – now more of a direct Beaufort / Ocracoke visit than Oriental. The storm now has peak 60 mph winds – and it is moving FAST – 20 mph. It will likely be moving slower than than that when it gets nearer – but still be moving at a fast rate for a tropical system. That will make for a briefer visit, and less storm impact to our area.

Isaias Track Uncomfortably Close | July 30, 2020

This is what the phrase “Uncomfortably Close” means. This morning the forecast track of Isaias is predicted to come right over our town. What’s the good news? Isaias isn’t predicted to reach hurricane strength…. max winds 70 mph is the forecast as the storm would visit Monday evening. That may not be a hurricane, but it’s about as powerful as a tropical storm can be without being declared a hurricane.

Enduring Spirit: Paige | July 29, 2020

This giant dog keeps watch for Keith Bruno at the Endurance Seafood docks. Paige is one of the Bruno family’s Anatolian Shepherds. And she is the July Pet of the Month. Story coming.

Potential Cyclone Nine - Future Mr Isaias | July 28, 2020

Tuesday they declared it “Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine.” Wednesday, it may be named Tropical Storm Isaias.

Sligh and the Scammer's Check | July 27, 2020

Ever wondered how ‘real’ a fake check from an online scammer looks? One Oriental resident found out. Read the story here. (Katie Kane photo)

Labyrinth Rock Garden | July 27, 2020

A ladybug makes its home in Oriental’s riverside labyrinth. It doesn’t stray far and it’s not alone. Several painted rocks decorate the rock garden encircling the OUMC Community Labyrinth. click to see more

What is herd immunity? | July 26, 2020

What is herd immunity? Dr. Mac Ernest explains in a way that’s easy to grasp.

Optimists & Lasers | July 25, 2020

Optimists & Lasers are lined up at the seawall near the town dock. Their sailors are across the street, getting ice cream at The Bean. This is a summer Friday afternoon tradition in Oriental… after a week of instruction graduating sailors from Bow To Stern’s youth sailing program get their reward.

Whittaker Point Mid-Restoration | July 23, 2020

Whittaker Point is being restored. This video looks at what’s been completed and what’s yet to come. (Allison DeWeese video)

Boulders at Whittaker Point | July 22, 2020

The Whittaker Creek Restoration project is well underway. Crews have been working to place granite rock and boulders near the shoreline along the river facing side of the eroded point. Boulder now fronts most of Whittaker Point. Tuesday afternoon, crews were seen on the point, using a rock grappler to lob rocks into place.

Which Way | July 21, 2020

Which Way … is berthed at Sea Harbour. (Andrea Bruce photo)