Yet again, Jacksonville dodges a strike at the 11th hour. Last time was Floyd… I remember being holed up at my parents house with my wife. When we went to bed, Floyd was 50 miles off the coast of Jacksonville and heading towards us. When we woke up, it was 125 miles north and had taken a short northerly turn away from Jacksonville.
We never got more than some above normal rain and winds. In fact the winds have started to pick up in the last 30 minutes and we’re now getting harder rains. It also looks like the storm is going to hit North Carolina, not around where my vacation is next week. So we’re out of the woods… but… we get to keep our eyes on Tropical Depression 5 (likely will be Hurricane Earl by Monday or Tuesday) which happens to be taking a very similar path to Charlie. Just depends when a cold front comes down and turns it north like it happened with Charlie.