It is that time of year for coastal residents -- watching the weather for news of storms and hurricanes. As Gustav comes ashore in Louisiana (and islanders continue to be concerned for residents of Gulf Coast communities) distant tropical storm Hannah (though very unlikely to be a threat to North Carolina), along with other factors, is causing conditions on our beach that favor rip currents. Public awareness of the nature and causes of rip currents has kept swimmers much safer this summer. More information about rip currents is available from the Eena Project.
Otherwise, Ocracoke is enjoying a sunny morning accompanied by a mild breeze. With temperatures in the 70s, there is even a tiny touch of fall in the air. Many of the Labor Day Weekend visitors will be leaving today, but I've heard that motels and cottages are still full. We'll see what the rest of the week is like.
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.