Gert Brings Big Waves to Hatteras Island
...WITH SLIDE SHOW
By JOY CRIST
Hurricane Gert may not have brought much wind or rain to the Outer Banks, but it did bring plenty of waves for area surfers.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, surfers flocked to the
beaches to take advantage of the unusually big waves, summertime water
temps, and the crystal blue waters. The beach just north of the Cape
Hatteras Motel in Buxton was an especially popular spot, with many
folks testing their luck in the much larger-than-normal surf.
“Everyone was out catching or getting pounded by
waves, but the stoke on their faces as they walked out of the water was
priceless,” reported photographer Jenni Koontz of Epic Shutter
Photography, who caught some incredible photos of the action north of
The lingering period of easterly swell from the
offshore Hurricane Gert also produced a high threat of rip currents in
addition to the strong shore break, with surf height of 2’-4’
throughout the island on both Tuesday and Wednesday. By Thursday,
however, the rip current risk had returned to low levels.
Gert is the strongest hurricane of the season so
far, as it became a Category 2 as it moved past the northeastern United
States on Wednesday. It is now well off the coast of Nova Scotia, and
is likely to transition to a non-tropical area of low pressure by
Photos by Epic Shutter Photography, https://epicshutter.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/EpicShutterPhotography/