Today is the anniversary of the storm of 1933 that pummeled Ocracoke Island with winds of over 120 mph. On September 14, 1944 another major hurricane hit Ocracoke with winds of 100 mph or more. I remember hearing of a woman who opened her front door during the storm to see a "wall of water" advancing toward her house. Remarkably, to my knowledge no resident of Ocracoke has ever died from the result of a hurricane, although significant property damage has been done from time to time. On September 18, 2003 hurricane Isabel came ashore on the Outer Banks. Although little damage was done on Ocracoke, Hatteras Island sustained much destruction, including the creation of a new inlet north of Hatteras village.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the wreck of the Victoria S, and Ocracoke's first automobile accident. You can read it here.