Sunday, August 28, 2011

No Contact

Dear Friends and Family,

I know you are waiting for a update on Philip and Ocracoke, and the truth is there is no update.

It has been a long week for me being in Indianapolis staying focused on my work, all the while keeping up with Philip and the news.

He sounded a bit weary when I last talked with him, but wouldn't you know he just wanted to hear all about my show!

I tried calling last night him several times last night and this morning. I talked with Amy and she confirmed the fact that all phone service is out on the Island.

The news that I know is all from Facebook and the Weather Channel. Unconfirmed report from Amy is that a new inlet has been cut by Rodanthe and the NCDT is working on establishing ferry service from the Bonner Bridge to Hatteras to get folks home.

No word on Swan Quarter. She also said Manteo took a hard hit. We have friends there with small businesses and know what a struggle this will be.

It is difficult being out of contact. Who knows how long that will be?

I realize I am not much help to all of you who love this blog, but I will drop a note now and then when I know information or just need other friends to talk to!

Thanks for all your love of the Island and the community that lives there.

Lou Ann


  1. Thanks for the update, Lou Ann. I have Philip, Ocracoke and the entire Outer Banks in my thoughts and meditations.

  2. Anonymous11:23 AM

    Thank you, Lou Ann... I'm hoping for the best, and keeping OBX in my heart!!

  3. Anonymous11:27 AM

    Thanks Lou Ann. Praying for everyone on the island.

  4. Anonymous11:29 AM

    Thanks Lou Ann Yes we are all waiting to hear so any info will be appreciated. I am searching everywhere for info so if any one knows anything please let us know. Thank you

  5. Anonymous11:33 AM

    Ty Lou Ann, We are praying for every dear one impacted in one way or another; but thankful it was not to the degree predicted.

    I hope you hear from Phil soon. We can only imagine how difficult the waiting can be.

    How sweet that he was thinking of you! How true to the character of the man!

    We know it will be a sweet reunion; and not so far away now. Please take care. Ty for taking time to share. We will see you all in a few weeks.
    Blessings, ~diana

  6. Anonymous12:04 PM


  7. Anonymous12:21 PM

    Thanks for the updates Lou Ann. I'm sure the waiting must be very difficult. I hope they have phone service restored soon.

    I found an article on the News and Observer site that they are sending National Guard to Ocracoke

  8. Thanks for the updates! Continuing to pray for everyone on the Outer Banks and Ocracoke! Hoping you hear from Phillip soon!

  9. Lou Ann,
    Thank you so much for the post! I know we can't hear anything yet, and so we pray and pray and pray for beloved Ocracoke and her residents!

  10. Anonymous12:43 PM

    I just found this post on facebook from Hyde County:
    "Hyde County Public Information everyone safe, major flooding and ovewash on highway 12, no communications working."

  11. On you tube there are some video of the hurricane Irene. Just type in Hurricane can see the boats at the public docks and the wash over near the pony pen. I can't find anything about the national guard on Ocracoke---can anyone confirm that and what is your source.

  12. Anonymous12:52 PM

    The article states "Late yesterday and early today, officials reported more than 200 water rescues, including nine people rescued by boat in the southeastern part of Northampton County, which is in the far northeastern part of the state. This morning, soldiers with the N.C. National Guard were en route to Ocracoke for a swiftwater rescue."

    Read more:

  13. Anonymous12:52 PM

    Thank you so much for the update, Lou Ann. We are keeping all of you in our thoughts for a quick and happy reunion. Friends from PA

  14. Anonymous12:56 PM

    On Facebook page (Ocracoke Island meets Hurricane Irene)just now:

    From Denise Ziegler: Just had word from Gwen and Wade Austin on Ocracoke via cell phone. All is well in Ocracoke Village. Not sure about the roads outside of the village but in the village there was no flooding or big problems. Still no electric.

  15. Anonymous12:59 PM

    Hey Lou Ann, I tried to post to you on FB but in case you didn't see it, here is an article on the NC12 washout in Rodanthe.

    We're thinking of the little island you and Philip shared with us and we love!
    Love you, T.

  16. Anonymous1:05 PM

    Just saw a posting on Facebook that Ocracoke has cell and landline service restored, and migiht get the generator up later today. Hopefully you will hear from Phillip soon.

  17. Anonymous1:21 PM

    Ditto from me! Such good news! Suem

  18. Anonymous1:33 PM

    The radio station WOVV is now up and running.

  19. Anonymous2:07 PM

    :) & :))

  20. Anonymous2:19 PM

    Thank you, Lou Ann, for connecting with Philip's faithful bloggers, and letting us know any tidbit of info that you hear.

    I just got home from church and heard on the radio about a new inlet had been cut. Here we go again, I guess. Anyway, our pastor spent several minutes speaking about all those in Irene's path and praying for each one as well as those will be there to assist in the restoration or power, etc. Everyone had Irene very much in our minds and on our hearts today.

    I have finally talked with my mother-in-law and she filled me with the news in the Beaufort county area, although I knew more than she did, in some ways. They had much damage, of course.

    The internet is a powerfully wonderful connection as long as folks have electricity.

    Surprisingly, I lost a pine tree, which pulled down one electrical line and then everything fell on my LP gas tank. It was scary until the local electrical co-op arrived to help. I live a long ways away from the coast.

    Fran, Agnes, Camille, Gloria and Floyd have been the worst hurricanes for me to go through and my heart goes out to all those who are trying to "pick up the pieces" and go forward.

    Life will return to a new just takes a lot of time and patience.

    Wish we had a carrier pigeon!

  21. carol in Ohio3:06 PM

    WOVV on Ocracoke is broadcasting and you can stream it live on your computer:
    They're giving up-to-the-minute information as they receive it.

  22. debbie s.4:35 PM


    Ocracoke Village fared well through the storm. There is damage from rain and wind. The north end of the Island is not passable.

    I have also heard that power and phones, internet are back on but erratic

  23. Anonymous6:29 PM

    So very glad to hear that the Variety Store is open already, gas is available and power is off/on. I have been very tense about this storm thinking about all my friends on the island. So relieved. I know they can deal with what has happened and I am going to make plans for a return trip soon and spend some money down there.