A comment on yesterday's post wondered what we experienced during "Alex" two years ago (on August 3). Although the wind was strong, the rising tide was unanticipated and did the most damage. I think photos will convey the experience better than words.
Howard St., looking from Village Craftsmen towards Silver Lake:
View from "Kayak Corner," Ride the Wind is to the left, Silver Lake to the right:
Village Craftsmen Parking Lot:
Howard Street, near the Parsonage:
Please keep in mind that we are NOT anticipating any storms at this time, and even when we do Ocracoke only rarely experiences much damage. Although many cars were flooded during Alex, as well as a very few homes, we generally fared well, and the island was back to normal in short order. Most of the damage to automobiles would have been avoided if we had anticipated the rising tide and moved vehicles to just slightly higher ground.
You can read our latest newsletter here. It's about Ocracoke Islanders and "tokens of death."