Nearly everything is back to normal this morning, although the power has been off periodically since midday yesterday. And authorities are warning about the threat of rip currents throughout today. Apparently the residual effects from Hanna are combining with swells from hurricane Ike down in the Bahamas. I'll check out the surf later this afternoon. I'm sure the ferries are all running again so it won't be long before visitors are back on the island once more.
Although we here on Ocracoke are feeling fortunate that Ike does not appear to be heading in our direction, we are all keeping our eyes on this powerful storm, and hoping for the best for the residents of the Gulf Coast.
This is definitely the time of year for storms and hurricanes. On this date in 1846 a severe storm opened both Hatteras and Oregon Inlets.
(See my comment on yesterday's post about putting cars on higher ground during storms.)
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the wreck of the Victoria S, and Ocracoke's first automobile accident. You can read it here.