Gabrielle Mostly An ‘Inconvenience’
Tropical Storm Gabrielle washed ashore and crawled slowly along the North Carolina's Outer Banks Sunday (Sept. 9), but caused few problems and failed even to chase vacationers away from the beach, according to The Associated Press.
Officials had preached caution throughout the day as Gabrielle moved through the vacation hotspot. They closed campgrounds on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and put swift water rescue teams and National Guard units on standby. But no one was ordered to evacuate, and officials said the greatest danger was posed by rip currents threatening swimmers who ventured into the ocean
By late Sunday, the storm had moved offshore on a steady course for open water, and the National Weather Service discontinued all watches and warnings. Officials said that there had been no requests for assistance during the height of the storm, and that Gabrielle likely would be remembered mostly as an inconvenience