OOIDA member heads home after brush with Hurricane Earl

| 9/3/2010

Lesley “Lucky” Duke is breathing a sigh of relief. Hurricane Earl, once headed directly for his island home in North Carolina, brushed by and veered away at the last minute.

On Friday, Sept. 3, Hurricane Earl had been downgraded to a category 1 storm. Duke, an OOIDA member, was headed back to his home to survey the damage. He evacuated on Wednesday after weather reports looked grim.

He told Land Line on Friday that the inland island he lives on, Holiday Island near Hertford, NC, sustained some flooding and beach erosion, but he admits things could have been a lot worse.

“I have checked in with family and friends, and my house is in pretty good shape,” Duke said. “I have some limbs down, some small trees down, but I think we dodged a bullet.”

While Duke said he’s relieved that his property sustained only minor damage, he said he’s worried about the people farther up the East Coast, who are expected to get hit hard by the hurricane.

“From what I hear we are still getting some rain squalls where I live, but the storm is definitely moving north,” he said.

Barring any weather delays, Duke said he expects to be home by midnight and then in the morning start cleaning up the debris left by the storm.

“Then I guess I’ll wait for the next one to come in,” he said.

– By Clarissa Kell-Holland, staff writer