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    Hurricane Irene ripped up through most of the eastern coastal region of the United States of America this past weekend, with devastating results in many areas. I live in the Charlotte-metro area in North Carolina, and we were spared this time. Some of us here in Charlotte had feared a possible "Hurricane Hugo" replay from 1989 as Irene made landfall in almost the exact same area as Hugo did 22 yrs.ago, but fortunately Irene stayed away from us this time. However, our neighbors on the coasts did not fare as well. Our prayers and thoughts go out to all of those survivors who suffered loss and damages during the intense storm over the weekend. There is so much cleanup work to be done in the aftermath of this hurricane. Daniel, the boyfriend of my oldest daughter Daphne (owner of the dessert bakery in Mint Hill) works for a major HVAC repair company in Charlotte, and has been selected as one of the A/C technicians who possibly will be sent to help with the repairs on the NC coast in the coming weeks ahead.

    Please keep the Hurricane Irene storm survivors in your prayers as the road to recovery for many of them may be a long one. The NC coastal residents, as so many other states' coastal residents also, rely heavily on the tourist traffic during the summer holiday months. The US holiday known as "Labor Day" is the last BIG money-making date for most of the small businesses to help them get thru the winter's off-season months. This past weekend in North Carolina, Hurricane Irene destroyed several parts of highway NC-12 on the Outer Banks, effectively separating the OBX area from the mainland completely. I just drove on this highway myself earlier this summer for the very first time... it is shocking to see the photos of the damage and know I was just there a few months ago. Without the roadway, the is no method to reach the area except by boat or helicopter. The people & businesses who live there and make their living on the tourist trade are in a mess. Their hopes of a wonderful final holiday weekend of sales... has sadly been dashed to pieces by the storm damage. "Our season is over" they said.

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    On late Saturday afternoon I chartered a Cessna Citation II business jet for a quick flight so I could view the storm from high above the clouds over the North Carolina coastal region. The following pictures are of my flight. These will be succeeded by a small collection of real-world snapshots of the extensive damages not apparent in the FS9 photos.


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    Flying high above Hurricane Irene at 24,000 ft.


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    Dropping lower to 20,000 ft.


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    Dropping still lower to 18,000 ft.


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    Leveling out at 12,000 ft. The clouds are closer now and the air is getting a little bumpy at times...


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    North Carolina highway NC-12 is barely visible far below on the coastline.


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    Dropping the nose of the Citation even lower, the plane is beginning to bounce around in the turbulent air masses of the storm. I wish you could have seen the lightning flashes that were occasionally blooming throughout the storm clouds below ~ it was really cool looking. Do Hurricanes really have flashes of lightning? Maybe a weird glitch of the Evolution software?


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    Part 2:

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    We decided to go in...


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    Wow! The rain is intense and the wind shear is strong. The Citation was bouncing around like a cork.


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    The NC coastline is suddenly visible for moment during a break in the clouds as we continued our decent through the storm. If you look closely you can see a lonely sailboat off our left wingtip. I'd hate to be the poor soul who was piloting that sailboat!


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    Plunging dangerously ever lower, you can now clearly see the houses and businesses scattered out far below the airplane. The rain continued to pound us hard as we bounced around in the winds.


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    Only a CRAZY person would be doing this, right?


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    At 3,000 ft. the scenery below becomes much easier to view, but the airplane's stability is increasingly hard to maintain.


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    I think it is time to get out of here!



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    Random photos from the internet of the storm damage from Hurricane Irene over the weekend of August 26-28, 2011.

    NORTH CAROLINA DAMAGE

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    Dopplar Weather Radar image of Hurricane Irene as it makes landfall near the northern tip of South Carolina, just below the SC/NC state lines.


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    Satellite photograph of the "eye" of Hurricane Irene moving over the Outer Banks coastal area of North Carolina, heading northward towards the New England region.


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    The water is surging over highway NC-12 in Nags Head, NC in this photo. I drove past this same business sign many times during our recent vacation to the area.


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    A crazy surfer doing what he loves best, riding the challenging waves after the storm at Emerald Isle, NC.


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    A poor house lost it's roof during the storm at the Outer Banks


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    My kids and I drove through here on May 17, 2011. This is the Mirlo Beach area, a favorite beach vacation spot for tourists who want to rent a DELUXE beach vacation home on the remote part of the Outer Banks of NC. It is located on highway NC-12, the ONLY connecting road of the island chain. Here it has been washed away by the relentless pounding of the hurricane's waves.
    Just south of here a 200 ft. wide by 10 ft. deep inlet was created overnight by the fierce storm, completely cutting off ALL land-based transportation. It was just one of several "new" unplanned inlets that were created by Hurricane Irene in the area which are now separating the residents from the rest of the mainland.


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    Here is my own personal photograph which I took of one of the many houses pictured in the previous internet web photo. It was taken on May 17, 2011 as we drove thru Mirlo Beach. The large wooden sign by the road says, "Dare To Dream The Impossible Dream".

    It is located in the top left corner of the previous internet photo shown above this one, which was my photo.



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    The water was still surging under the storm supports of the beachfront homes after the worst of the storm had passed.

    The 2008 blockbuster movie called "Nights in Rodanthe" starring Richard Gere & Diane Lane was filmed just down the road from here in Rodanthe, North Carolina. I wonder if the famous house from the movie has survived the storm?


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    PART 3:

    VIRGINIA DAMAGE


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    Rescuing a person from a sailboat that foundered in the Chesapeake Bay area during the massive storm



    NEW JERSEY DAMAGE

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    Asbury Park, New Jersey... the waves pound the boardwalk area


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    Ocean City, Maryland..... the swimming pool of this beachfront hotel is filled with the deck chairs and tables from the terrace.


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    Commuter trains are stranded in the surging flood waters of Hurricane Irene in Trenton, NJ



    NEW YORK DAMAGE

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    Beachfront homes were smashed by the crashing waves on Long Island, NY


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    High winds caused extensive damages in the Easthampton area of New York


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    The streets of Brooklyn, NY were flooded by the storm surge of waters from the hurricane




    RHODE ISLAND DAMAGE

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    The damages were extensive also in Providence, Rhode Island from the heavy rains and high winds.


    I will stick with the typical sunny weather that is normal during the summertime in North Carolina any day... Here I am flying a clipped-wing Piper Cub J3 over the mountains of North Carolina near the town of Jefferson.

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    Thanks for viewing. I hope everyone is safe wherever you are located, and I wish you all a great day!
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    Thanks, Glenn, for the highlight and the reminder that not all fared well in Irene. This was indeed a serious storm.

    I think I have mentioned to you before that I have relatives in Charlotte. They were also OK except for some inconvenience from power outages. Ya'll have escaped a couple of close ones up there recently; what with the earthquake and now Irene.

    I flew my Dreamfleet Baron out of Wilgrove (I think you know the place ) Saturday morning and even though the skies had cleared up there was still some pretty good turbulence being simulated at altitude in some areas; particularly northwest between Asheville and Knoxville.

    Anyway, thanks, great shots and God Bless you all.

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    Intersting flight and thanks for the real world shots of the Hurricane. We sure could have used some of that rain out here in West Texax, we have not had any significant moisture in a year.

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    This thread is a prime example of why I love the forums here. Thank You, Glenn for the great pictorial.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the stricken communities...Don
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    Great shots of the weather Glenn,so glad to hear you guys are ok back there. Amazing "real world" pics too!

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    Very sad to see peoples lives destroyed in an instant Glenn,we almost bought a house in Calabash,North Carolina a few years ago,that is way to close to the ocean for me.I think we will just stay here in Western Pa.

    We rented a beach house in Rodanthe a couple of years ago,beautiful place that's for sure.If i'm not mistaken i think they were cut off not to long ago if i remember correctly.

    Great set of shots Glenn,and thanks for sharing the photos.

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    Thank you everyone for all of the nice comments and compliments on the pictures. I really appreciate them.

    918JC: Jesse, I am glad you are enjoying the Wilgrove Airpark scenery my friend. I have to admit to you guys that I typically fly out of, or into, the little airfield almost every single day when I am flying in FS2004. It is almost always one of the airport destinations when I am hopping about cross-country style from airport-to-airport on a VFR flight.

    I guess I need to branch out a little more, eh? Maybe fly in a different state, or how about maybe even a different country all together.

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