Last night before I went to bed I scrolled through about one hundred emails from the last several days (I have many more to look at). It was my first opportunity to read most of them. Again, many thanks for your comments during hurricane Irene. We appreciate your thoughts and are humbled by your concern.
A few readers had questions. I will answer several here...and others in the next day or so. (I am just giving my answer...not the original question [unless the question could not be determined]).
-- In the last several days some of our posts have had 250 or more pageviews.
-- Although I haven't heard any official report, I believe the ponies are all OK. I drove down there yesterday afternoon, and everything looked fine.
-- I also walked several miles on the beach. We found a number of seashells. Starfish were scattered all along the beach. I have also heard that some folks who went beachcombing immediately after the storm (they probably didn't have trees down like I did) picked up hundreds of scotch bonnets.
-- We still don't know when full electric power will be restored to Ocracoke...so we don't know when visitors will be allowed back on the island.
-- There must be a number of charities dedicated to helping victims of hurricane Irene. The Red Cross comes immediately to mind. They have always been among the first to respond when Ocracoke needed help. You might also check out http://www.helpobx.com/.
-- Amy & David did not try to shield Lachlan from news of the impending storm, but they didn't display panic. I believe he understood the situation, but was not traumatized by it.
-- We are watching Katia...and hoping she stays far out to sea!
-- Tree limbs, leaves, and twigs are carried to the "dump." As you can imagine it has been a busy place. They have a chipper there to cut up branches and limbs. The mulch is offered free to islanders for their gardens. I save large logs, especially oak, and give them away to folks who have wood stoves. Some islanders gather cedar logs for carving and other craft projects.
-- School begins today!
-- I have not been to Springer's Point, and have not heard if any of the trees there sustained any damage. Maybe one of our readers has an update on Springer's.
-- I have not heard anything about Portsmouth Island either. In fact I heard that no one has been over there yet. I believe Dave Frum is scheduled to go on Monday. Perhaps someone will let us know what the situation is there as soon as information is available.
-- I believe Merle was here for the storm. I have not seen her, but I have seen her vehicle, so I think she is fine.
-- I drove into Jackson Dunes yesterday, and did not see any significant damage. I am guessing it weathered the storm like the rest of the island...very well.
Thanks again for your concerns. I will post more tomorrow.