It's been a very quiet hurricane season so far this year-- right? Well, not if you live in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Over the July 4th weekend, Hurricane Arthur paid a visit to Ocracoke Island, knocking out power for almost three days and washing out one of the busiest tourist weekends of the year. (Editors lament -- We were scheduled to go to Ocracoke that very weekend - well maybe next year!)
With record cool temperatures for parts of the US recently, it's easy to forget the real dangers and threats associated these storms.
(Editor's Note: Although our local summer ends with the return of students to Ithaca, this article regarding vacations is still useful. It's all too easy these days to stay connected which is a blessing and a curse. But it does allow many of us to take vacations at any time of year.)