The Outer Banks are stretches of peninsulas and barrier islands that run 200 miles along the coast of North Carolina and Virginia. The Outer Banks strand actually begins in Virginia with the 4.5-mile long Sandbridge Beach. Because Sandbridge Beach is backed by Currituck Sound to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, its geography is similar to that of the North Carolina Outer Banks. That similarity (and also cultural similarities) have earned Sandbridge Beach the nickname “The Outer Banks of Virginia.” Sandbridge Beach is a must-see for those who love the remote, untamed, and relaxed atmosphere of North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
Tropical Storm warnings have been issued for all of Virginia Beach including Sandbridge and the effects of the storm is definitely being felt in our area.
Strong winds have persisted all night, and rain has been steady since yesterday afternoon. Locally roads are flooding as the result of 3″ to 5″ of rain in the Sandbridge area.
At 6 AM the center of circulation of Tropical Storm Hermine was located approximately 20 miles west of Nags Head, NC and the storm was moving to the East – Northeast at approximately 21 Miles Per hour. Sustained winds in the storm continue to be in the 50 MPH range with isolated gusts higher near the eye. On the Outer Banks of North Carolina sustained winds are 30 MPH.
Locally we are seeing low lying roads flood, and extremely high tides on the oceanfront. Conditions are expected to be poor all day on Saturday with rain, wind and road flooding to persist.
If you are an arriving guest we urge you to use patience and caution in your travel as conditions will slow travel times significantly. If your plans are somewhat flexible we urge you to consider coming to Sandbridge tomorrow instead of arriving today. Our office will be open and our cleaners are busily preparing the properties today, but your safety is most important to us.
Local emergency management officials are urging all to be mindful of the storm not just on Saturday, but through Tuesday of this week as it is expected the storm will stall off of the Eastern Shore of Virginia and produce squally rain showers, high winds, and dangerous surf conditions with wave heights up to 15 feet.
We will continue to provide updates as necessary here on our blog.
All the best!