Posted by Bill
First, thoughts and prayers go out to the people in Bahamas who were impacted by hurricane Joaquin, and also to the people impacted by the devastating flooding in South Carolina and southeastern North Carolina. What a mess!
Today, the stream of heavy rain that caused the flooding south and west of us has started to move north. On top of that, the winds picked up significantly. We have had steady moderate rain all day, with periods of violent downpours. I can’t imagine what it was like to have that kind of rain for as long as the people had south and west of us. For us, the system will move through in the course of a day…or so they say, and the intense rain won’t be as long in duration as it was for them. We have had winds mostly in the mid to high teens (knots) and some periods of sustained winds in the low to mid 30s (knots), with gusts to almost 40 knots. Needless to say, we have been confined to the boat, mostly reading and relaxing.
Our friends Matt and Shirley on Sofia Jeanne were out in their car and snapped these photos of the Yacht Basin along the waterfront in Southport. They are of the same places that I posted yesterday and were taken an hour after high tide, and the water is higher than high tide yesterday. It is now 3 hours after high tide and the water in the marina has not subsided any noticeable amount since, so I’ll bet it is still a mess down there.
These kind of days are not fun on a 42 foot boat all cooped up, but at least we are tied to a dock and have cable TV!