LAKE VIEW, N.Y. (WIVB) – Hurricane Arthur is quickly making its way toward the northeast, where it is expected to dump heavy rains.
The first named storm of the hurricane season has already left thousands without power in North Carolina, including some Western New Yorkers on vacation who are caught in Arthur’s path.
North Carolina Governor Pat McCroy said, “We really might not know how extensive damage might be until mid-morning or even later.”
While many vacationers didn’t stick around for the excitement, the Fausts from Lake View decided to stick it out. They are in the town called Duck.
Alecia Faust said, “I was waiting for it. I couldn’t fall asleep, but at 2 a.m. the winds picked up. It rained a lot. Our house was shaking. It’s up on stilts, and I stayed awake all night watching radar.”
The elementary school music teacher had been reassured by local townspeople that there would be no problem weathering the storm. Her husband Bill, a high school history teacher at Frontier Central, went with the flow.
Alecia tells News 4, “Going to bed [Thursday] night before the hurricane I was really worried. I was upset and in tears.”
Their video and pictures show ocean waves building to six feet, and some flooding from even intercoastal waters. They feared a storm surge.
It was a harrowing five hours and there was no ducking the high winds and rain. Arthur packed a punch with winds close to a hundred miles per hour as it made landfall as a Category 2 Hurricane. But they weathered the storm.
“Everyone else in the house was out like a light but I was up worried about what was going to happen throughout the night,” said Alecia said. “All is well though, compared to a blizzard in Buffalo, it was nothing.”
One of her sons is 3-months-old. Alecia said she turned on a sound machine that mimicked, of all things, crashing waves. The other twin boys are 4-and-a-half-years-old.
Bill Faust said the eye of the Arthur passed over their house at around 3:30 a.m. Then “lots of rain, lots of wind…house was moving around a little bit.”
In his 35 years, Bill says he has experienced Buffalo blizzards, but that this was his first hurricane.
Bill Faust said, “Well, I’ve waited 35 years for my first hurricane, and my 3-month-old already got it.”
He was initially conflicted about hunkering down while neighboring vacationers decided to cut their holiday short. But as it turns out there were no reports of serious injuries.
Bill admits he did have his moments during the night and was not sound asleep along with the boys. Alecia wanted him to join her in observing the radar images.
“The kids slept like babies through it, and meanwhile we’re the ones who are nervous wrecks,” Bill said.
He says this will be a “good one for the boys to reminisce about someday.”