Friday, August 26, 2011

9:30 PM

It is beginning to look and feel like a tropical storm outside! The wind must be gusting to 25 mph or more, and the rain is coming down harder as the evening progresses. I will be going to bed early tonight (and I sleep I might not know what is happening until morning). If I do wake up and there is anything to report, I'll let you know. Otherwise, I'll be back Saturday morning.


  1. Good night! I so appreciate your blog. Looking forward to coming to Ocrafolk school in October. Take care!

  2. Anonymous9:45 PM

    Sleep well. We'll all "talk" with you in the morning

  3. Stargazr9:46 PM

    Nice!!! Good to hear you are all ready and relaxed for the storm outside. Think good positive thoughts and pull the blankets over. all will be well. Looking forward to hearing from you tomorrow!!

  4. Anonymous9:47 PM

    Take care. Goodnight from upstate New York

  5. Goodnight! Casting lots of good thoughts to Ocracoke tonight!



  6. Anonymous9:54 PM

    Good night. I hope your sleep is sound and without interruptions and you wake tomorrow morning to the best possible scenario. Thank you so much for the updates. You are all in our hearts.

  7. You can't wake early enough, write fast enough. To sleep, praying for ponies and an island of pirate lore.

  8. Anonymous9:59 PM

    Susan and I are in Salisbury, but our thoughts are on Ocracoke as we follow the news. Looks like the storm is losing some power, but the water and flooding may be a problem. I just hope that Hwy 12 isn't cut in two as with Isabel. We can't wait to get back to the island.

  9. Anonymous10:12 PM

    G'nite Phillip-have been keeping track all day. Am glad the big blow will wait until daylight. Get some sleep and will check in tomorrow. Gods and Godesses speed to all on O. Sue M

  10. Mars (PA) Family10:16 PM

    Waiting for your morning post...hope the power holds out.

  11. Anonymous10:40 PM


    Your pragmatism reminds me of an appropo line from a wonderful book called "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston: "Ah'm wid mah husband in uh storm, dat's all."

    Best wishes, our virtual friend.

  12. Terri O.10:44 PM

    Goodnight Philip. Thanks for all the updates. Godspeed!

  13. Anonymous10:45 PM

    I stand self-corrected: apropos

    Even during a storm it pays to be a prudent speller.


  14. Thanks so much for your posts. We can't wait to visit our favorite island again this fall. Valerie & Christopher/Virginia Beach

  15. Anonymous10:49 PM

    Wishing you a sound sleep and days ahead with things better than the best possible scenario. From tornado alley in Oklahoma, best wishes and "Damn the Winds". Love to Ocracoke.

  16. Anonymous10:50 PM

    Thanks for your posts. They really help to know how our favorite island is doing. God bless you and keep you safe.

  17. Anonymous11:02 PM

    Thanks for your posts and your beautiful blog, Philip. Sleep well. Our prayers are with you and all the O'cokers.

  18. Anonymous11:19 PM

    Good Night Irene, Good Night.

  19. Good Luck! and Good Night. We have at Ocracoke on this week for ten years. This year we came in July to celebrate my son's wedding! Glad we did!

  20. Sleep well, Philip. thinking of you.


  21. Anonymous7:20 AM

    Awoke and first thoughts are of our friends in Ocracoke. I hope all is well with minimal damage. We met a frail but lovable black cat on our recent trip and am especially concerned about these poor creatures.

  22. Anonymous7:22 AM

    It's Sat morning, Philip! Wake up!!!!! :)

    The term, "we are there in spirit" has never been more true. As you can tell, you have many mainlander bloggers, but our hearts and thoughts are with all who live and breathe Ocracoke Island!

    Praying you and all are holding on and doing okay! Irene may be on your doorstep, but she isn't a welcomed guest.

  23. Anonymous7:30 AM

    I think the power is out on the island. Philip hasn't updated...the webcams aren't working...this is going to be a long day(s) without updates on our beloved island. Praying everyone is safe and the damage is minimal.

  24. Anonymous7:37 AM

    Anon 7:30...just have come to the same conclusion as you. Checked out three web-cams on the island and nothing. The sustained winds on Ocracoke have been quite strong and gusty all night.

    Yes, it does make it hard to be far away and "not know what is going on" there. Maybe Philip will contact Amy via cell phone and she will kindly post a message for her Dad.

    It's not that Philip's bloggers are nosey, we are just all very, very concerned.

  25. I can't wait to sit at Howard's Pub and drink a cold one next Sunday!!! Are my odds good? O how I hope so! Hope you are all OK!

    Tom in WV

  26. Anonymous7:49 AM

    Can a "fly-on-the-wall" fly through a hurricane and check on Ocracoke Island for us?

    I wish....

  27. Anonymous7:51 AM

    Saturday, Aug. 27 | 7:19 a.m.
    U.S. Highway 264 in Hyde County from the Walter B. Jones Bridge all the way to the county line is impassable. Also, Hyde County mainland has totoally lost power. Ocracoke has lost power.

  28. debbie s.8:02 AM

    thinking of yall. stay safe and dry!

  29. Anonymous8:21 AM

    Thanks, Anon 7:51, for the info. Sounds bad. Explains a lot.

    Gusts have been bad @ Belhaven, too. Roof off of Edgewater car dealership. My in-laws have purchased cars there in the past years.

    Hope somehow Philip will be able to communicate to Amy and then she can let us know updates.

    We just have to be patient and pray that all will turn out okay.

  30. anita9:04 AM

    Thank you for the updates. If anybody has anything to add, please do. Nothing in the news today about Ocracoke. Keeping them in my prayers.

  31. WITN Channel 7 is broadcasting live on the internet. So many people want to hear from Phillip. Maybe he could call in at 252--946-3131 and let everyone know if he is OK and what conditions are like.

  32. According to, the weather station at the Ocracoke Harbor Inn last reported 3 1/2 hours ago. At that point wind speed was 31 mph. The weather station up at Frisco reported about 1 1/2 hours ago--wind speeds of 49 mph.

    Radar shows that the eye has passed closer to Cape Lookout than Cape Hatteras, and that the last bands of heavy rain are almost past Ocracoke. After that, they just need to weather the back wash as the water pushed up into the sound washes back over the island and out to sea.

    Hope everyone comes through OK--look forward to seeing your updates once power is restored, Philip.

  33. Appreciate the blog so much. I would love to meet you when we are down again next May. As always be safe.

  34. Anonymous2:38 PM

    From CNN online, about 1:45 eastern time:

    On Ocracoke Island, at the southern end of the Outer Banks, a couple of hundred residents riding out the storm lost power early Saturday morning. Their power lines are strung along poles mounted on the highest sand dunes.

    "The power went off for good around 5 a.m.," said Clayton Gaskill, who had been trying to keep the island's tiny radio station, WOVV, running through the night. "We won't be back on the air until the storm goes by, because there's no shelter for the portable generators," he said in a text message to CNN.