All during the night the winds howled. Trees bent over and rain, at times, fell in torrents. The power went out sometime after midnight. I'm guessing that the wind velocity reached 75 - 80 mph.
At the present time winds continue to buffet the island, but it's probably blowing at about 40 mph, still from the northeast. Tideland Electric fired up our emergency generator about an hour ago.
No one knows what to expect once the storm passes and the winds shift. We're hoping Ophelia will move further offshore which should reduce the threat of soundside flooding. I've seen or heard of very little damage -- branches down here and there, even a few trees blown over; and some shingles gone, but I'm hoping not much else. Right now there's little to do except watch and wait.
Our current monthly Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Old Toothbrush Man, published August 01, 2005. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news080105.htm.]