A light rain fell during the night. The sky is partly cloudy. The temperature is near 80. Only a mild breeze is rustling the trees. Other than the twitter of a songbird in the cedar branches Howard Street is eerily quiet.
The weather bureau has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Ocracoke & surrounding areas of the Outer Banks. Forecasts now indicate that Ophelia may not reach eastern North Carolina until sometime on Thursday. The good news is that little strengthening is expected.
Most islanders have completed their hurricane preparations. Now all we can do is wait, and hope for the best.
Our current monthly Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Old Toothbrush Man, published August 01, 2005. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news080105.htm.]