Although "Arthur" is still just a tropical storm, the system is expected to become a category 1 hurricane by the time it reaches the Outer Banks early Friday morning. Wind speeds by then are forecast to be around 85 miles per hour. However if the storm passes far enough offshore we may be spared the brunt of Arthur.
Nevertheless, we are getting ready for the first named storm of 2014, and will keep you posted as regularly as possible, either here on the Ocracoke Journal or on our Village Craftsmen Facebook page, as events unfold.
Understandably, July 4th events on the island have been canceled. Maybe they will be rescheduled for Saturday.
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.