Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Thank You

Many thanks to all of our readers who are keeping Ocracoke and our community in your thoughts. We appreciate it very much. As long as I have power and Internet access I'll let you know what is going on here on the island. Right now all is calm and beautiful!


  1. We're headed down for a two week stay and really appreciate your "on the ground" reports. Jim O'Brien and Johnnie Giagu have both provided helpful advice.

    Everyone on the island is in our thoughts.

  2. Anonymous9:05 AM

    All the people, businesses and animals of Ocracoke are on my mind. Saying prayers that the storm will change its path... Thank you for letting us hear from you.

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone on Ocracoke. I visited there last year and hope to return one day. Ocracoke is a little piece of heaven, so I know God is looking out for you all. Stay safe.

  4. Anonymous9:27 AM

    Philip Are you and your family leaving? Do you plan to get in your only closet? Were do you go to if you stay on the island?

  5. Anonymous9:30 AM

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you on the island. Stay safe!

  6. Nancy9:51 AM

    More thoughts and prayers for your safety. And thanks so much for the updates. They are greatly appreciated. Have you ever evacuated?

  7. Anonymous10:05 AM

    We consider your lovely island a most magical place, and have many, many fond memories of staying there for our vacations. Take care and Godspeed!

  8. Ocracoke and her folk are in our thoughts & prayers!

  9. Anonymous11:35 AM

    Please take care of yourself and "our" beautiful island in the upcoming storm. The wonderful people all have a home in Ohio anytime....

  10. To answer a couple of questions: I have left the island during a hurricane evacuation...but I've always regretted it. When I've stayed I've been glad I did. I will be staying right here, in my own home, for Hurricane Earl. It may be a mistake, but I don't think so. My home has endured over 100 years of hurricanes and storms, and is much stronger since I did the rehabilitation. There may well be a devastating storm that my home and my island cannot endure...but I don't think it's Earl. I hope I'm right.

  11. Anonymous12:22 PM

    Philip, I have been following weather updates on all media outlets however the true source is the best - thanks. We have plans to be on the Island in 2 weeks. We always anticipate our many visits to Ocracoke and even more so this time. Peace & serenity always envelopes us during our stay. I know that God will envelope the residents with his presence and safety on this perfect piece of heaven called Ocracoke Island.

  12. Anonymous1:16 PM

    Keeping your island and all its residents in my thoughts and prayers! I adore Ocracoke and the people there! As another writer said above, its a little piece of Heaven! Stay safe and keep us posted as best as you can!
    Your biggest fan in Richmond, VA

  13. Anonymous2:18 PM

    Isn't it wonderful to feel the sense of "family" whether it's Philip talking about his beloved Ocracoke or one of us mainlanders!

    We are truly all concerned about the people, animals (Ocracoke ponies, cats, dogs, wildlife), seashore, village businesses, and property....with Life being absolutely the most important of all!

    Philip, if you and yours EVER need to evacuate, please know the good folks in Person county, NC would gladly welcome you until you could return to the island.

    I just spoke to my mother-in-law who lives near Pantego and Belhaven areas. Her farm should be fine, but she may have a little wind to deal with at the peak of the storm. She commented that she had seen the news and was thankful she was not on Ocracoke, but I think you will be fine, too, least, this time!

    Some would think it's foolishness to stay on the island, but I believe, from what NOAA reports are predicting, Earl will hit hard for a little while and then move out quickly. Earl won't be hanging around.

    I wonder how Portsmouth Island will fare?

    Time will tell....

  14. Anonymous4:34 PM

    Thanks so much for posting reports. Stay safe - we're thinking of everyone on the island. We plan to be there in three weeks, after a much-too-long gap of four years since our last visit. We'll see you then.

  15. Terri O.5:58 PM

    Philip, stay safe and I'm sure you have all your emergency supplies since you're staying. Many of us are praying the storm keeps its NE turn. So, "batten down the hatches" and Godspeen Philip.

  16. Anonymous6:56 PM

    Sending lots of thoughts and prayers to all of you on Ocracoke from the safety and calm of the South West of England. I hope that you all keep safe while the island holds its own against Earl - take care.

  17. Anonymous8:08 PM

    We are so glad to have a current update from our most favorite place. As others, you are in our thoughts and prayers. It's a big big coast and there is always the ? factor. We came down after Isabel and right when Jeanne was bearing down. We're heading out like others in a few weeks for a visit. However we're more concerned about all of the residents and their livelihood. We'll be in contact and in touch.

  18. Am keeping positive thoughts that my favorite place is strong and safe. I wish you islanders good health and security...will visit again soon.
    Bill G, Los Angeles

  19. Sending positive thoughts towards you and and our favorite island. Be well. Brook & John, Santa Barbara