During Hurricane Arthur I got these two questions that I didn't have time or energy to answer. I am replying now.
1. "Could you explain to this Dingbatter how the island generator works -
for example, what is meant by '1/3 of the island will be powered' or
what is the 'rotation schedule?' Also if folks have a private
generator, which I assume is gasoline powered, do you plug things into
it to run, say, your tv or icebox?"
The Ocracoke generator is not powerful enough to supply electricity to the entire village at the same time...even when there are only year-round residents on the island. Three "trunk lines" service the village. Tideland Electric can supply power to only one of these lines when we are on generator. So they rotate service, usually in 3 hour blocks of time. Private, gasoline powered generators can provide electricity for refrigerators, lights, or even air conditioning, depending on the size of the generator. For example, the Variety Store has a generator that allows them to stay open during power outages.
2. "When a large tree is blown over, with the root bed exposed, is it
possible to use a truck or equipment and set it back up? Would the tree
have a chance of living after such an event? Just curious. I figure
it is NOT possible, but just wondered."
I have seen (and helped) neighbors prop up trees that have blown over in hurricanes. But it doesn't always work. Below are two photos. The first is a tree in my back yard that I have propped up. The second photo is of a tree in my Uncle Marvin & Aunt Leevella's yard that survived a hurricane many years ago, and continues to grow at a noticeable angle.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke's Agnes Scott,
direct descendant of Agnes Scott for whom the women's college in
Decatur, Georgia is named. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news062114.htm.