Hurricane Bill (now a category 2 storm) is still several hundred miles east of the Outer Banks, but is producing extremely high tides and rough surf. This morning around high tide the lifeguard walk-over ramp was crowded with locals and visitors checking out conditions at the beach. The tide had advanced to the base of the dunes with calf-deep water from there to the berm about where normal high tide reaches. I've heard unofficial reports of overwash on NC Highway 12, and just a few minutes ago a friend called to tell me that a long line of foam has been pushed through the inlet and into the sound.
Other than that, Bill has had virtually no effect on Ocracoke. Skies are generally clear or partly cloudy with only the slightest breeze.
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is Lou Ann's story about volunteering for turtle patrol with the National Park Service. You can read her story and see her pictures here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news072809.htm.