Good morning from a cool and blustery Outer Banks. Winds have been very strong for the last two days with steady northeast gales at 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts over 55 miles per hour. Schools are on a 3 hour delay today (Monday) as we hope for better days ahead and this winter storm Diego heading off the coast and away from our paradise.The weather channel has been in North Carolina the past two days getting ready for the arrival of winter storm Diego, and now documenting the effects of the storm.Raleigh received several inches of snow, Greensboro, Charlotte, Asheville and points west all were even more heavily impacted, but here on the Outer Banks all we got was heavy wind and lots of rain. Temperatures remained above freezing as usual (our proximity to the gulf stream seems to always keep things warmer along the coast), but we got wind like few have seen! We are definitely living up to our reputation as one of the windiest locations in the nation. Ferry routes are cancelled today due to the winds, we are experiencing some flooding due to the wind pushing water onto the roads as well.All of this we hope is in the past for us as we look forward to better days, and sunrises like this one that was sent to us by Vonnie Cudd of River Falls, Wisconsin (I'll bet Vonnie doesn't want to hear our problems about winter weather with her living in Wisconsin huh?) who stayed with Outer Banks Blue in November in the Kill Devil Hills vacation rental "Sweet Escape."Vonnie caught this amazing fall sunrise while on the beach early one morning. Check out the Sandpipers getting an early morning snack.Thanks Vonnie for your fantastic reminder of the beauty of the Outer Banks with your Memory Monday photo. We look forward to serving you and your family again soon.All the best from the beach!