There is something that happens after a hurricane in North Carolina that needs a real name. I refer to it as “hurricane sleep deprivation followed by beautiful weather and massive flooding,” but that just feels too long.

For those of us lucky enough to have minimal damage, we must consider what all the people inland are experiencing with massive amounts of water infiltrating their homes, businesses, farms and schools. This is no joke; and as we are watching and learning, water can most certainly be deadly.

To the man swimming in his cul de sac parking lot: Cut it out — there is stuff in that water from your neighbor’s garage and septic tank. Yuck.

To the woman in Wrightsville Beach that put her 2-year-old child in the raging ocean waters for a photo: You need your head examined. Thank goodness people around her had more sense!

For those of you suffering from the current and future flood waters, please know that when you are able to go through your possessions and if you find firearms that have been submerged, make sure they are promptly cleaned and oiled — water (especially salt water) does damage quick. Dispose of all ammo that got wet at your local gun shop or police department.

If any firearms are missing due to nature or human activity — report it to your local police immediately.

Stress can wear a person down so quickly, especially when accompanied by the loss of non-replaceable personal possessions. We need to be compassionate and helpful when possible.

Remember knowledge is power, hurricanes suck and we all need to offer help when we can because we never know when we may need it ourselves.


Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.