It’s been crazy windy here at the beach. House shaking windy.
When people come to visit us for the first time at this time of year, the wind shaking the house freaks them out. We have to explain the house is built that way.
Our house is on wooden pilings, 11 feet above the ground because of the possibility of flooding. It has to somewhat move in the wind just for structural integrity. But, it’s still disconcerting to some to see the water in the toilet bowl shake!
Winter is the most windy time of the year here, unless there is a storm. There are no tall trees on the island because the wind blows them over if they get too tall.
The island is the most popular place on the East Coast for wind surfing and kite surfing. It’s all because of the wind.
Flooding on the island usually occurs because of the wind blowing the water from the bay on to the land during storms or hurricanes. Or, from the wind blowing away the dunes that protect the island on the ocean side.
We have to have a separate wind insurance policy on this house, in addition to regular home owners and flood insurance. The wind insurance costs 3 times the amount of our home owners insurance.
Wind like this makes it close to impossible to walk on the beach. Even if the temperature is warm, it still will sting your face.
I don’t mind the wind. I don’t mind it shaking the house or waking me up at night. This wind lets me know I’m here at the beach, and that makes me crazy happy.