Lachlan was starting to come down with a chest cold so Amy & David decided to leave the island. They are now in Chapel Hill.
A breeze is just starting to pick up...maybe 10-12 mph. The village is very quiet.
Thank you to the anonymous poster who said, "I know you are not staying on the island to be heroes." No we are not. It is much about risk assessment. Here is our local wunderground forecast for this evening:
"Tropical storm conditions expected with hurricane conditions possible. Showers likely. Lows in the middle 70s. North winds 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 65 mph."
This is the prediction for the strongest winds on Ocracoke from Earl. It is very much like the Hyde Co. Emergency Management prediction of 70 mph winds.
To be sure, Earl is a large and powerful storm...but it should stay about 100 miles east of us, maybe farther, and the strongest winds are in the northeast eyewall.
Again, thank you to all of our readers who are keeping Ocracoke and its people in your thoughts.