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Adios Maria

The Outer Banks of North Carolina are currently feeling the effects of Tropical Storm Maria. Here in the Wilmington area, no so much. It's a bit breezy and there is a rip current risk at area beaches, but that's about it.  In one of the most active hurricane seasons on record, we once again dodged the bullet. As we approach October and the end of the season, we may once again consider ourselves very fortunate. How long will our luck hold out? Even the best weather gurus can't predict future weather events with much accuracy. One thing they do seem to agree on, is that warmer air and water temps for longer periods of time, equals more hurricanes with increased potency. I was reminded of this as I paddled with a group along a section of the Cape Fear River. It was the day after Hurricane Irma had whisked past us and the day was warm and dry. We cruised along with the tide as we made our way into Downtown. I struck up a conversation with one of the group, and the topic of the River Lights development came up. I'm very much familiar with River Lights, as I am based out of the Watermark Marina, which is just down River Road, a mile or so from the neighborhood. In regards to the recent storms, she wondered how long it would be until this new neighborhood would get flooded. River Lights is a bit of an engineering marvel, in that they completely re-routed and redesigned River Road and built a large inland lake within the community.  On the upside, the road now has a median and round abouts, making it safer, and more attractive. "Look at what they did to the trees," she said to me.  Indeed, they also created what looks to be an inland desert, with almost complete defoliation. The question of flooding popped back into my head as I drove down River Road recently. Large parts of the neighborhood are now bordered by a lake on one side, and the river on the other. The lack of mature trees could bring more run off and increase the risk of flooding that much more. Southeastern NC is a beautiful place to live, and certainly the primary reason for the boom in development and the rapid increase in population. When it comes to storm season, we all go whistling past the graveyard, some a little closer to it than others.   


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Osprey are frequently sighted in Southeastern, North Carolina. Commonly known as the sea hawk, these birds of prey are gray and white in coloration and sometimes mistaken for Bald Eagles. In ...


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Scott Schmolesky has been kayaking for over 20 years and has been an instructor the last ten. Most recently he started the outfitter and guide service, The Expedition Organization which offers guided kayak programs in Southeastern, North Carolina. His paddling adventures have taken him through Australia, Europe, and throughout the U.S. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can read more of his articles here.

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