The island is very quiet. All non-residents have been evacuated. Islanders are busy making last minute plans for hurricane Ophelia -- turning porch rockers upside down, taking boats out of the water, cleaning up yard clutter, even patching a roof or boarding up windows. But most folks are calm and relaxed. This storm shows no signs of becoming extreme or catastophic.
In fact, most Ocracokers are enjoying a few days of a forced vacation. Talk is of get-togethers, pot lucks, parties, maybe even a square dance. It looks like the storm is still 2 - 3 days away. We'll keep you posted.
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.]