Although it is bright and sunny as I write this morning, it has rained nearly every day for the last two weeks. Last night around 10 o'clock the sky was ablaze as lightning flashed every few seconds from every quarter of the compass. Then the news came over the telephone and on the Internet. The National Weather Service reported a tornado moving from near Cedar Island towards the northeast. Portsmouth Village and Ocracoke were in its path. A tornado warning was issued until 10:45. Rain fell in torrents.
There is little we can do to prepare for a tornado on Ocracoke since there are no cellars to use for shelter. We can only wait, and be ready to hunker down in a closet or small room.
I suppose the tornado dissipated or passed by out to sea since I haven't heard of any impact, but Lawton Lane looks more like Lawton Lake this morning.
We are longing for an end to this wet and soggy weather, and looking forward to coming days of delightful clear skies and mild temperatures. It has to get better!
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of midwifery on Ocracoke. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news082112.htm.