I am glad I trimmed back the limbs from trees around my house and business. Just in the last few minutes the wind and rain have intensified. I'm estimating the gusts at around 35 - 40 mph. Nothing to be worried about, but still it's impressive, knowing it is part of a larger system. The sky is gray and clouds are whizzing by.
Winds now are coming from the southeast. As the storm passes, winds should shift to the southwest. Cars are clustered here and there, perched on all the higher land in the village. We are all hoping that the change in wind direction won't bring significant flooding.
I'll keep you posted as long as I have power.
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.