Friday, August 19, 2005

The Carolina Bays Parkway.

Otherwise known as highway 31. It runs from Longs to Socastee and has no red lights or stop signs. but not many people know about it. If you want to go to the north end from 501 just go west to 31 north and go to 22East for briarcliff (the mall with Bass Pro Shops) and restaurant row. Follow 31 all the way north to 9 east for North Myrtle Beach.

This new highway will save a ton of time in summer - it keeps you moving at 65 instead of stoping a red lights 6 times a mile for 20 miles.

Make sure to check the maps - it will only be seen in the newest maps. and ask the locals about 31!

If you were wondering why it is called Carolina Bays PArkway and doesn't go to the ocean... A Bay in Carolina is a freshwater body of water that is long and narrow - not very deep and no one really knows how they got there. You will see a couple of these driving down 31 - some of what you see are not actually bays but borrow pits. Look carefully!

Monday, August 15, 2005

I was going to go to the beach today but got called in to work. We are totally rearranging the office and movine into the new building. This will mean tons of work for me so i will not be very happy. I had hoped to spend the fall getting the websites all up into the rankings and completely dominating the competition. Now it looks like I'll be wiring uo a new network, getting phones going, training new employees and other fun stuff.

Other than that It has been a pretty good week - weather is hot friends are visiting (they are always viviting when it's hot - nobody likes to visit in the winter) and Natey has Dillon and Nick visiting and they were up til dawn, I tried to wake them at noon with no results.

It looks like we might have the all-night nintendo tourney at our house tonight so i need to get a nap if I am going to get anyhting accomplished tomorrow.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Hey! one of the greatest things about coastal Carolina life is the storm season. This yearthe first to threaten is Irene. Looks like she will steer cler of the Grand Strand but we'll see some effects. All tourists should always get trip insurance when coming in late summer and fall as you may have to be evacuated in case of hurricane.

Paradise has its price.


This from http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/mld/myrtlebeachonline/12364659.htm :

Carolinas residents and visitors should be mindful of increased rip currents while swimming in the ocean this weekend, but weather officials don't expect any major effects of Tropical Storm Irene along the Grand Strand.

"We've still got some time. ... It looks like it'll be Monday or late Sunday before we start worry about things," said Reid Hawkins, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C. "We could actually get nothing out of it, but it's too far out to say yet."

Irene's potential threat to land was still uncertain, as its path had shifted east, according to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Forecasters said the storm could strike the coast anywhere from South Carolina to New Jersey.

The storm also won't affect the intense heat index, which could get as high as 104 degrees during the weekend, according to a weather forecast. The heat and humidity also could mean thunderstorms will persist through the weekend, Hawkins said.

S.C. emergency officials started preparations Thursday for Tropical Storm Irene, just in case forecasts that the system will steer east of the state are wrong.

A small group met at the S.C. Emergency Management Division office in Lexington County to start the conversations about Irene, spokesman Joe Farmer said.

Irene was moving northwest near 15 mph Friday morning. If it continues on that path, South Carolina's coast will be in trouble, but it's forecast to slow down late in the weekend and curve more northerly around a high pressure system.

The official forecast has Irene's center about 50 miles off Cape Hatteras midday Tuesday. That still has much of the South Carolina coast in the five-day cone of concern, so state emergency officials plan to keep an eye on Irene.

The storm was expected to intensify Friday and possibly reach hurricane strength as it approached the U.S. East Coast, forecasters said.

Irene's top sustained winds increased to about 60 mph, and forecasters said conditions appeared favorable for the storm to strengthen. Hurricanes sustain winds of at least 74 mph.

At 5 a.m. EDT, the storm's center was located about 325 miles south of Bermuda and about 795 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

Officials in North Carolina warily watched the storm as it strengthened Thursday, but said the storm was too far from land to trigger emergency plans.

"It's still early," Dare County (N.C.) spokeswoman Dorothy Toolan said. "We don't want to frighten anyone at this point."

The storm's activity over the weekend should provide more certainty about where it will end up next week, emergency officials said.

"The last I talked to my emergency management supervisor, the earliest (it could make landfall) would be next week," said John Nixon, spokesman for Currituck County in North Carolina's northeastern corner. "So it's outside of our alert system at this point."

Normally, there are only two named storms by this time in the Atlantic hurricane season. Irene became the earliest ninth named storm in the season, which began June 1 and ends Nov. 30, when it developed Sunday.