We've had power for some time now. And finally I am able to access the Internet (the battery in my back up system had died).
I spent most of the day yesterday cutting up limbs and carrying 6 pickup truck loads to the chipper. I probably have 4-6 more loads before I'm finished. As you might imagine, my 67 year old body is rebelling today! Maybe I'll take the morning off.
As almost all of our readers know, Ocracoke fared extremely well in hurricane Irene -- a few trees and limbs down, shingles blown off here and there, and other fairly moderate damage to boats, windows, and roofs. But no tidal flooding! Unfortunately other Outer Banks communities and towns elsewhere in Irene's path had significant damage. We send heartfelt thoughts and wishes for a speedy and full recovery their way. As I learn of concrete ways to help I will post that information on this journal.
Many thanks to all of our readers who kept up-to-date information flowing through various social media resources. I am sure it was very helpful.
I am expecting Amy, David, & Lachlan...and other friends and neighbors...back this afternoon. By the time visitors return to Ocracoke there will be few signs that Irene ever made landfall here.
Please check official sources (NCDOT, realty offices, etc.) before returning to Ocracoke. I expect Highway 12 to be impassable for quite a while, but Swan Quarter and Cedar Island ferries should be running normal schedules soon.
In a day or two I plan to write a few words explaining my reasons for remaining on Ocracoke as hurricane Irene was approaching.
Again, many thanks to all of our readers who let us know you were thinking of us, and wishing us well during this major storm. We hope to see you on the island soon!
Heartfelt thanks also to Lou Ann for keeping everyone informed with frequent posts. What would I do without her!