Sunday, August 28, 2011

Irene in North Carolina

Irene hit hard on North Carolina. Fortunately Raleigh/ Cary area, being around 200 miles west of ocean, was spared by wrath of nature. However Outer Banks, my favorite vacation spot, is impacted by the anger of nature. Hurricanes are not uncommon in Outer Banks area but nevertheless they incur financial loss, disrupt life and leave a lot of work to clean up the aftermath. My heart goes out for affected residents and their families. Locals are resilient, prepare well in advance and work hard to quickly clean up.

Like every year, in May 2011, we enjoyed a trip to Manteo and Kill Devil Hills, part of the Outer Banks, impacted by Irene. Manteo is a charming small town while Kill Devil Hills has magnificent beaches. I wish and hope for normalcy so that we continue to enjoy the sheer beauty of these towns. The pictures show the splendor of the area.

A picture of waters around Manteo:

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Another picture of Manteo:

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Beach at Kill Devil Hills

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Another picture of the beach of Kill Devil Hills:

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Related article:The Lost Colony: Outer Banks

32 comments:

NRIGirl said...

Glad to know you are okay @A! We were concerned. Thank you for sharing those beautiful pictures. Stay safe...

Sandhya said...

Good to know that the hurricane has crossed the area and you are safe. A blogger friend who lives at NC said that they didn't have power the whole day until 8 pm. Now, they are OK.

All the pictures are beautiful. The blue colour of the sea looks nice.

kavita said...

Glad to learn that you are safe and fine .Prayers and good thoughts for those who are effected.

rama said...

Good to know that you are safe, and I am sure soon this will pass, and would be safe for everyone. The pictures are really nice.

Babli said...

Very beautiful place. Wonderful pictures of the clear blue sky and the sea. I am praying to God for everybody's safety.

Renu said...

glad to know that you are safe..I always wonder that even in developed countries natural calamities make people helpless in the same way as in ours, why?

shuchita said...

good to hear you are safe, the pics are lovely

Insignia said...

My servers and hardware are in RTP area. I took a chance and its shut them down. Nothing happened. I am glad it didnt hit the Cary and Raleigh area. Glad you are safe. Take care

ಅಶ್ವಿನಿ/ Ashwini said...

Good to hear you safe.. Hope the beaches remain serene and beautiful as they were.. Nice pics.. Prayers for the ones in trouble.

Anonymous said...

Really sad to hear about this. Prayers for those who have been affected by this catastrophe.-Swetha Amit(Whirlwindthoughts)

Anwesa said...

Beautiful pics.

Hope everyone is safe and sound there.

Asma Khan said...

Stay safe.... :)
Stay Blessed

aarkay said...

I wonder why tsunamis are given such catching names like, Irene & Katrina etc. Reminds me of Keats's famous poem " La belle dame sans merci !" as these tsunamis are as unsparing as the lady in the poem .
Sorry for those who have to bear the brunt of such calamities !
I pray for their safety and succor !

Destination Infinity said...

So, hurricanes include tornadoes or they are just storms?

Destination Infinity

Tanvi said...

Great shots, looks like a lovely spot! I am glad Irene wasn't as disastrous as it had been anticipated!

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Alka Gurha said...

Pics are serene and calming but TV is showing how a calm sea can become furious and cause devastation.

chitra said...

I heard that about 3 million houses have been affected. Hope everything gets back to normal soon. Prayers for all.
Beautiful shots there.

Anjuli said...

so glad to hear you are okay- we've been very concerned for all those on the east coast-- have been following the news coverage- so it is good to hear a personal update every now and again. We are praying for all affected.

Thanks for the pictures- I do hope this lovely spot returns to normal for you to spend many more holidays there!

A said...

Dear All,

Thank you very much for your good wishes !!!. I am glad it Irene is behind us.

Rachna said...

Happy to hear that you and your family are safe. Sometimes, these things can get out of hand. The pics are nice too.

BK Chowla, said...

Good to see you all safe.
But, how can one escape such natural calamities?

raji said...

nice pictures os manteo.Even I was wondering if Railegh was affected by Irene or no.because I heard that it has even hit north carolina..good that you posted this and glad to hear that .

R. Ramesh said...

bluish beauty..nice clicks ya..

Stranger said...

Glad to know that you and family are okay. Were thinking of you and praying when we saw the news. My prayers to those who are affected.

Kiran Bajaj Sawhney said...

Really good to know about your well being.
Such nice pictures.
My prayers are with the ones who are affected.

Anjuli said...

You have been nominated for a Liebster Award- you have to go to my blog to see what it is all about :)

Shobha said...

Beautiful places to visit.
I hope and pray that everybody is safe.

....Petty Witter said...

Such a powerful force, its amazing what mother nature is capable of. Glad to hear all is well with you and yours.

sm said...

beautiful pics, glad to know that you are safe and now its moving towards CA.

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suruchi said...

glad to know all is well and hope it remains so:-)
take care!

BIKE LADY said...

Beautiful photography, A. I've never been to the Outer Banks. My book publisher's offices are in Vermont, also terribly affected by Irene, and they are thankful the offices were spared and no one hurt.