Our first tropical storm.
We had rain on and off since yesterday afternoon, but nothing like we are getting right now.
The storm hit the coast around 3am this morning. Winds were around 45-60 mph near the beaches causing 15 foot waves (26 foot waves out off the coast a ways).
The rain truly began here around 4am or so, they say. I woke up at 4:30 and checked the latest information and listened to the wind and pouring rain for a little bit. I woke up again at 7 and the rain was still pouring (not too much fun taking Bentley out in this). We have already had 4 inches of rain and are expected to get a couple more before the storm is out of the area. It is moving fast and should be out of the state around noon.
We have flash flood warnings, but so far things seem to be okay out there. There are a few flooded parking lots in the area and there are some low areas in which officials are suggesting that residents move from their homes or apartments before some flooding might happen. Crabtree Creek is now more like a river standing 12 feet deep and carrying plenty of debris.
We are having wind gusts of about 20-30 mph. They say the gusts could uproot some trees because the ground is so saturated. However, that threat isn't much of a concern for us as the eye of the storm is out to the East of Raleigh about 40 miles.
All in all, we have faired quite well. A little wind, a lot of rain, some flooding, but not much damage (if any).
Here is what it looked like on the Doppler radar.
That is all for now, back to the sounds of wind and rain.