We are still inundated with water, though the level of this morning's high tide seemed lower in our yard. (Not that I'm amused at judging tide level's in my YARD!) The forecast is for several days of sunshine; bring it on. The skies are still overcast on Sunday morning.
I haven't heard of much damage yet on Ocracoke; there will be a lot of clean-up and I'm sure there will be costly effects of the salt water getting into things it shouldn't have. But Highway 12 took major hits north of us. The Hatteras Ferry is running hourly now for emergencies, but the highway is closed near Oregon Inlet. Hatteras residents are coming to Ocracoke to reach the mainland via extra Swan Quarter Ferries for the next few days. We've had no mail since Thursday.
But folks are getting out. I spent a half hour chatting with Rob and Daphne yesterday at the intersection of Highway 12 and British Cemetery Road. I mention this because, as I remember it, we were standing in ankle deep water the whole time (shod in our rubber boots).
I loved seeing scores of ibises near the Pony Island Motel.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a transcript of a letter written in 1949 by a visitor to the island. You can read the letter (which provides a glimpse into Ocracoke life sixty years ago) here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news102509.htm.