By The Associated Press HATTERAS, N.C. – Tropical Storm Gabrielle washed ashore and crawled slowly along the Outer Banks of North Carolina on Sunday but caused few problems and failed even to chase vacationers away from the beach. Warnings of gusty wind and rain didn’t stop Derek Creekmore, 32, who with surfing buddy Mark Carter drove to Cape Hatteras from Chesapeake, Va., to ride the tall waves brought in by the storm. “It’s a lot rougher out there, but this is what we look forward to every year,” Creekmore said. Officials said that there had been no requests for assistance, and that Gabrielle likely would be remembered mostly as an inconvenience. “We’ll be glad to help out if anybody needs it, but right now, we’re not hearing anything. It’s been kind of quiet,” said Julia Jarema, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Crime Control and Public Safety. Gabrielle brought gusty winds that howled at 50 mph, churning up the Atlantic surf to the delight of surfers and kiteboarders. Despite that, the storm failed to dump much rain inland, where much of North Carolina is experiencing severe drought. Forecasters kept a tropical storm warning in effect from Cape Lookout north to Cape Charles Light, Va. A watch also was in effect for the area extending to the New Point Comfort peninsula, along the Chesapeake Bay. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!