Thursday, September 02, 2010


Earl's maximum wind velocity has decreased! Right here on Ocracoke the winds are about 20 mph...just a mild breeze at the moment. But I've got to go. Friends are coming over at 5. I'll be back later as long as the power is on.


  1. Anonymous5:10 PM

    Hope you and all of those on Ocracoke stay well.

  2. Lord, please keep our island and its residents safe. We'll be there 1st week of October. Can't wait!

  3. Anonymous5:40 PM

    Philip- Jerry and I are thinking about you and all our friends there on the island and hoping you will be okay.

  4. Edward Norvell5:49 PM

    Philip, Susan and I are thinking about you, Sorry we missed the 5 p.m. cocktail hour! We took the 6 a.m. Swan Quarter ferry this morning and made to Salisbury safely. Hope all is well. I look forward to your next posting. Ed Norvell

  5. Anonymous6:33 PM

    I just stumbled upon your blog today in doing some internet surfing for up-close and personal Hurricane Earl related stories... I am a real weather geek kind of guy. You are lucky to be living in one of the loveliest places I have ever visited. Ocracoke is a very special place and I'm sure Earl can't change that!

    We are doing our annual Hatteras Island vac week next week (starting Sunday)... looking forward to strolling through Ocracoke one day too!

    Get your battery charged on your laptop while you can! Looking forward to hearing from you in a bit. Do stay safe.

    Reston VA

  6. Debbie Leonard6:52 PM

    Only 20 mph so far? It was that and more when I was camping there in July! I'm sure you're in for an increase later tonight though!

  7. Anonymous8:02 PM

    What is the criteria for cutting power?

  8. Anonymous8:05 PM

    Just hear he was downgraded to a Cat 2, and hope that is true.

    Best of luck!

  9. Anonymous8:35 PM

    I suspect that 99 times out of 10, the criteria for cutting power is whenever something knocks-down a power line.

  10. Anonymous8:54 PM

    Thanks for all the updates; Surprises me that the sound-side is highest; would have guessed the surf side. Any intuition why?

    Stay safe!

  11. soulou9:02 PM

    Hello Phillip,and glad to get your last posting and hope that multi-faceted eyewall stays away from the banks. I think that the worst time to experience a hurricane would be in the dark overnight. Know you have a great knit community to rely on in these times. At this point-9pm your looks like the eye is heading a bit more eastward-a blessing. Thought of you all all day and will tonight. Will check in with you all soon.

  12. Anonymous9:19 PM

    It's 9:15pm and no update. Either the 5 o'clock cocktail party lasted longer or the power is out.
    God Bless...

  13. Anonymous9:21 PM

    Phillip--When all the sturm und drang and wind and water subside, it would be interesting to read a newsletter-length entry addressing the issue of hurricanes from your perspective as a long-time island resident. For instance, your perspective about storm surge--that it doesn't linger forever because gravity drags it across the island and back to the sea--adds a dimension I hadn't considered as compared to mainland flooding. And what about your criteria for deciding to stay? The weather maps I viewed showed Earl headed straight for you folks, albeit with a projected northeastward curve. With winds forecast to hit 135 mph, what did you divine from the tea leaves that led you to ride 'er out. And conversely, what might've led you to instead opt out? I suspect that generations of historical perspective played a great role in your decision-making. Either that, or you're ONE HECK of a poker player. Regardless, it's good to read as of 9 p.m., Thursday, that Earl is subsiding in intensity. And here's hoping you're back to your keyboard soon, spinning more stories of island lore and weathercraft. As you can tell from the spike in comments here, you've got us spellbound. Best wishes.

  14. Anonymous10:00 PM

    As of 10 PM, they still have power on Ocracoke, at least the Ocracoke Harbor Inn webcam shows lights in the distance, plus there are lights on at the airport. (from the obxcams website.) Maybe Philip is being a "tease" and keeping us all waiting! Hopefully things are so calm they are out on the pizer enjoying a conversation or a game of cards!