After a week of sorting through a couple hours of video, I have published the new YouTube version of my Hurricane Irene chase video from the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Visit my YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/pontiac51 for hurricanes including Irene, Charley, Wilma, and more. You may also link directly to Hurricane Irene – North Carolina Outer Banks – August 26-28, 2011 at http://youtu.be/lmWx6Da6uRs This version includes 10 minutes of edited footage caught from Nags Head to Duck, NC. Hurricane Irene was felt as a strong tropical storm in this area with sustained winds topping out in the 65-70 mph range and gusts near 80-85 mph. The unofficial NWS wind reports can be found here at this link http://www.erh.noaa.gov/mhx/Text/PNS/08272011HurricaneIrene.txt
This video captures blowing rain, large waves, and winds that can topple huge trees. While most of the video focuses on the storm as it happened, the end of the 10 minutes shows some of the aftermath. Scenes include damage at our hotel and boats that had washed ashore during the sound side surge. Although Hurricane Irene tore apart North Carolina State Road 12 on Hatteras Island carving new inlets across that shallow stretch of land, our escape from the outer banks wasn’t difficult heading through the Virginia Dare Trail. We encountered power outages for hundreds of miles, but the roadways were generally clear. You can find out more on the 130 mph tornado damage we came across in another article at http://www.examiner.com/weather-in-miami/tornado-danger-hurricane-irene
If you would like to find out about the Hurricane Irene chase experience itself and my trek from Miami and back read http://www.examiner.com/weather-in-miami/chasing-hurricane-irene-north-carolina-outer-banks-video-of-the-hunt
Both of these articles will give you more of a complete story about what was seen along the way with tons of photos and of course additional video.