WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Pleasure Island is often hit hard by tropical storms. This time around, though, some of the usual trouble spots were basically trouble free as Tropical Storm Andrea, the first tropical storm of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season, rushed through North Carolina today.
"You know, this blew up," said ABC Extreme Team Meteorologist Ginger Zee while riding out the storm at Kure Beach this morning. "It was in the Gulf (of Mexico). It was over Florida. It is already out of here. It's already going to be out of New York by late tonight into early tomorrow."
Locals say it didn't just move quickly, but quietly.
"It is not a very big one to me," beach visitor Jamie Fly said.
They weren't impressed by the Andrea's strength, or lack thereof.
"Actually, I think it's better than I thought it would be," Karen Fly said. "Not as much rain as I expected."
Canal Drive in Carolina Beach, which often floods during just minor rain events, stayed dry with the exception of a few road-side puddles.
As far as any significant impacts, you are not going to find any in the way of rain, but you are going to find it in the way of wind and especially in the form of rough seas."
"The waves will grow and grow throughout the day," Zee said. "This is not a safe day to be at the beach. So just do us all a favor, and stay away from the water."
But that wasn't Ginger's only wish.
"I also want to try the donuts, because if I can add on a lighter note, I heard the donuts here are impeccable," she said.
Of course, she'd heard about Britt's Donuts at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.
"Throughout all the things that change, Britt's never does," Britt's worker Callie Johnson said. "It has been the same recipe since 1939."
Even Andrea could not keep folks from eating a famous Britt's donut on National Donut Day.
The strong wind and surf, though, shut down the Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry today. No word yet on when runs will begin again.