I discovered yesterday that Evan (he works at Village Craftsmen) was on the island. I called him, and he was happy to come over and help me clean up. We cut up more limbs and trees, and carried five more pickup truck loads to the chipper. We will probably have four or five more loads before we're finished. It looks like a mini-tornado touched down next to the gypsy wagon. Cedars, live oaks, yaupons, and vines were all tangled and twisted together.
I have also heard of some more serious structural damage on the island -- roofs stripped bare of shingles, water damage from torrential rain, trees on houses, and, of course, portions of Highway 12 damaged and covered with sand.
Residents were permitted to return to the island yesterday (Amy, David, & Lachlan are home), but I'm not sure when visitors will be allowed back. Much depends on repairing the main power line that runs down Hatteras Island. Power on Ocracoke is now being provided by the large emergency generator at the Tideland Electric plant behind the Island Inn. Different sections of the village are given power for several hours, then shut off for a couple of hours while another section is provided with power. Many thanks to all of the employees at Ocracoke's plant for their hard work and dedication!
I will publish more information whenever I hear anything official.