This is Amy Reporting my father's observations. We are in Carrboro making a vacation of the evacuation order.
As of 8am today, it appears all is well on Ocracoke. There will be some clean up of course, but a quick glance out around the harbor indicates that there was not widespread damage. The power has been out since 4am with winds that felt like they were about 60-65mph on Howard Street. A stroll out to the harbor this morning verified that Howard Street was more protected, because the winds there were still quite blustery and quickly flipped the umbrella inside out. The tide did come up, however Howard Street houses appear to have all stayed high and dry.
My father said he actually slept through most of the night, waking only when the house was really shaking and rattling. He has been up since early morning just checking on things in the area around the house. So far he's not been out to the beach to see how the dunes held up. Most cars are still staying parked on higher ground for the time being.