While the passing of Ian, and the corresponding low pressure system that formed along a cold front brought some pretty nasty weather to the region, things were far much worse for a lot of people.

Especially those in Florida.

But when the remnants of Ian passed through the center of the state, there were downed trees and torn up docks along portions of the James River. Pounding northeast winds flooded and beat down coastlines in the Chesapeake Bay and along the coast. Small piers and coastal dune walk-overs were torn up or completely destroyed.

Flood waters grabbed anything in their path before subsiding and took debris into rivers and the bay. Lots of stuff left in the wake is out there, floating around like so many wooden icebergs that often are difficult to see – especially for those leaving ports in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina in low light to get offshore.

Granted, good captains always keep a keen eye out for things floating in the sea that could cause significant problems while under way. But even the best of them miss a few things here and there.

So now, when we know there are destructive things floating around, it might be good to have an extra set of eyes. Few things can spoil a great day on the water like a cracked hull or bent prop.

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