The calm before the storm: CBS 17’s Holden Kurwicki at Wrightsville beach ahead of Isaias


WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. (WNCN) — If you look at the crowd at Wrightsville Beach Sunday it looked like a typical summer day, but as Isaias continues to churn off the coast many vacationers are getting more than they bargained for.

“I just came for the beach,” said Kelsey Wong. “I thought I was going to get storms, or rainy weather, or hurricane-type of weather. Instead I got sunrise, and all of this beautiful weather.”

Wong spent the weekend on Wrightsville Beach, and while she says the weather has been beautiful the water has been a different story.

“The water comes up and it’s incredibly warm,” said Wong.

“Would you get in the water right now,” asked CBS17 reporter Holden Kurwicki.

“I would jump in the water right now,” said Daequan Oliver.  “The sun’s out, so I’d jump in.”

As a Wilmington, native Oliver is no stranger to strong storms coming up the coast.

“We’ve gone through some pretty tough times with hurricanes,” said Oliver.  “We made it through at the end of the day, and we’ll get through it again.”

The Wrightsville Beach employee says town leaders are taking the necessary steps to keep essential workers safe during the storm.

“They gave us some rain suits and stuff like that,” said Oliver.  “We’ve got protective gear and stuff for the weather.”

As they wait on Isaias to turn out to sea, Wong and Oliver have a little advice for those hoping to ride the storm out.

“Just pack for anything,” said Wong. “Be ready for anything. Anything can happen.”

“Just be on the safe side and give it another week,” said Oliver.

At this time Wrightsville Beach town leaders have decided against an evacuation order, but that could change as the path and intensity of Isaias becomes clearer.

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