A Hurricane Watch has been issued for the East Coast of the United States from north of Surf City North Carolina to the North Carolina/Virginia border...including the Pamlico and Albemarle
sounds. This, of course, includes Ocracoke.
A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible in the watch area within the next 36 hours.
I'd say the general mood on Ocracoke is to be watchful and to make preparations (cutting limbs form overhanging trees, stocking up on supplies [beer seems to be a popular supply], taking boats out of the water, moving outdoor items that might blow around, etc.), but most folks are anticipating being able to ride out the storm OK.
I'll keep you posted.