Durham family drawn by Irene's power

Posted August 26, 2011

— As the winds picked up and the waves rolled Friday in advance of Hurricane Irene, sightseers were drawn to North Carolina beaches to witness the power of Mother Nature.

Ityra Robinson, her husband and her two-year-old daughter drove to Wrightsville Beach Friday from Durham to see the waves.

"It's something, it's something. It's great, it's great," she said. For them, the drive was worth the view.

Before the rain got heavy and the wind strong, lots of families like the Robinsons took the opportunity to watch the action unfold. Many of them were seeing hurricane conditions for the very first time.

"They're pretty big," Wilmington resident Kyra Arndt observed. "It's cool."

A curfew was to take effect on Wrightsville Beach at 10 p.m. Friday. Until then the Robinson's planned to make the most of the day.

"We're going to stay as long as we can," Robinson said. "We didn't realize this many people were going to be here. It's great. It's wonderful."


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  • Wendellcatlover Aug 29, 2011

    That's pretty irresponsible to take your child into what could be a life threatening situation!

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 26, 2011

    How dumb do you have to be to drive INTO a hurricane?
    GOLO member since January 10, 2011
    LOL, I would say pretty ..... But ya know how the monitors are. Ya reckon they'll get their camera full?

  • mavsmom Aug 26, 2011

    With her 2 year old!?!?!?

  • balog Aug 26, 2011 the media and people please GET THE MMMM OVER THIS STORM ALREADY! It is way over hyped and all of this "scare the gullible american" campaign for what will be yet another ho hum weather event, is way beyond old and tired. All this garbage does is desenstize people for when a real danger comes, they won't believe you all. STOP CRYING WOLF ALREADY!

  • theartistformerlyknownasspeedy Aug 26, 2011

    How dumb do you have to be to drive INTO a hurricane?