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POST HURRICANE ARTHUR ADVISORY #9

Ocracoke Island Journal - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 11:24
July 5, 2014 11:00 a.m.Updated Information About Electricity, Water, Waste, and Ferries for Ocracoke Island
Hyde County officials have declared a curfew for Ocracoke Island between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. each day until power is fully restored.
Electricity:
Tideland EMC's Ocracoke generator is currently operating. If electric load remains low enough for Tideland's generator the rotation schedule will be: 3 hours on and 3 hours off until full power is restored Sunday night. 
The generator WILL NOT WORK unless every resident and visitor on Ocracoke practices strict conservation. Please turn off all non-essential breakers including water heaters and air conditioning.  Limit electric demand to refrigeration and fans ONLY.  Ocracoke residents and guests, please do not become complacent about electrical loads while we rely on generator power. If electric loads exceed generator operating capacity we will have to begin the process all over again.
Water:
The Ocracoke water plant is operating on generator power.  Please be conservative with water usage until full power is restored.
Trash and Storm Debris:
The Ocracoke solid waste site expects to accept household waste around lunchtime, however space will be limited as the trash compactors cannot operate without electricity. New trash containers will arrive regularly until operations normalize.  Chipping will begin Monday morning and continue until no longer needed. Anything smaller than 6 inches in diameter can be chipped on site.  All debris must be accessible close to the driveway. To get on the chipping services list please call (252) 928-0005. Anything larger than 6 inches in diameter cannot be chipped and will need to be disposed of at the solid waste site.
Access To and From Ocracoke:
Ferry tolls for departures from Ocracoke are still waived and any remaining visitors are strongly encouraged to leave the Island. Visitor access to Ocracoke will be restricted until further notice. The Swan Quarter and Cedar Island ferries will operate on their normal schedule. The Hatteras ferry will operate on demand. Visit NCDOT.gov/ferry for the most recent information.
Access to Ocracoke Island is currently limited to emergency and infrastructure personnel, as well as residents and property owners only if they can produce any of the following documents:
  • Unexpired Ocracoke re-entry hangtag from Hyde County (any color)
  • Expired Ocracoke re-entry hangtag or sticker from Hyde County (any color)
  • North Carolina Drivers License with Ocracoke listed as residence
  • Documentation with proof of owning property on Ocracoke (ie: tax record)
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After Arthur

Ocracoke Island Journal - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 10:42
Lou Ann and I gathered with a small group of folks this morning for the "Independence Day" (July 5th!) flag raising and singing of the national anthem, thankful that our small village suffered no more damage during Hurricane Arthur.

Scout Master Ivey Belch told me his anemometer recorded gusts as high as 115 mph during the storm. 

Right now we have electrical power in our neighborhood. Power is being rotated around the village, and Tideland Electric Company is hoping to restore power to the entire village sometime tomorrow.

Below are a few photos taken by my grandson, Eakin Howard, and below that is the latest Post-hurricane Advisory.

Howard Street Block by Downed Limbs
One of Many Casualties
Limbs on an Outbuilding
Several Trees were Uprooted
Another Tree Uprooted
David on the Roof with Chainsaw

The Limb Comes Down
Wilma Lee Sustains a Broken Boom
A Few Shingles Blown Away

























































































































POST HURRICANE ARTHUR ADVISORY #8

 July 4, 2014 8:00 p.m.
Information About Electricity, Water, Waste, and Ferries for Ocracoke Island

Hyde County officials have declared a curfew for Ocracoke Island between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. each day until power is fully restored.

Electricity: Tideland EMC's Ocracoke generator is currently operating. If electric load remains low enough for Tideland's generator expect 2 hours on and 4 hours off for one full cycle. After that expect 3 hours on and 6 hours off until full power is restored Sunday night. The generator WILL NOT WORK unless every resident and visitor on Ocracoke practices strict conservation. Please turn off all non-essential breakers including water heaters and air conditioning. Limit electric demand to refrigeration and fans ONLY. Ocracoke residents and guests, please do not become complacent about electrical loads while we rely on generator power. If electric loads exceed generator operating capacity we will have to begin the process all over again.

Water: The Ocracoke water plant is operating on generator power. Please be conservative with water usage until full power is restored. Trash and Storm Debris: Trash trucks are expected to arrive on Ocracoke tomorrow Saturday, July 5th to replenish dumpsters at the Ocracoke waste facility. They expect to accept household waste around lunchtime, however space will be limited as the trash compactors cannot operate without electricity. Chipping will begin Monday morning and continue until no longer needed. Anything smaller than 6 inches in diameter can be chipped on site. Anything larger than 6 inches in diameter cannot be chipped and will need to be disposed of at the solid waste site.

Access To and From Ocracoke: Ferry tolls for departures from Ocracoke are still waived and any remaining visitors are strongly encouraged to leave the Island. Visitor access to Ocracoke will be restricted until further notice. The Swan Quarter and Cedar Island ferries will operate on their normal schedule. The Hatteras ferry will operate on demand. Visit NCDOT.gov/ferry for the most recent information. Access to Ocracoke Island today Friday, July 4, 2014 is strictly limited to emergency and infrastructure personnel. In addition to emergency and infrastructure personnel, residents and property owners will also be granted re-entry Saturday, July 5, 2014 if they can produce any of the following documents: Unexpired Ocracoke re-entry hangtag from Hyde County (any color) Expired Ocracoke re-entry hangtag or sticker from Hyde County (any color) North Carolina Drivers License with Ocracoke listed as residence Documentation with proof of owning property on Ocracoke (ie: tax record)
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POST-HURRICANE ARTHUR ADVISORY #7 from Hyde County:

Ocracoke Island Journal - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 14:30
POST-HURRICANE ARTHUR ADVISORY #7 from Hyde County:
Major Updates:
  • Hyde County officials have declared a curfew for Ocracoke Island between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. each day until power is fully restored.
  • Tideland EMC estimates restoration of power to mainland Hyde by this afternoon.
  • Power restoration for Ocracoke Island is projected for Sunday night. Tideland EMC hopes to begin powering 1/3 of Ocracoke via generator power around 3:00 p.m. this afternoon. A rotation schedule will be coming out shortly.
    Preliminary Post-Storm Assessment:
    Hurricane Arthur has resulted in minor damage both on mainland Hyde and Ocracoke Island. Overall the county avoided severe impacts of the storm. Early morning field assessments across the county show downed trees, medium sized debris, and some roof damage. Much of mainland Hyde is now with power, the remaining should be restored by this afternoon. Arthur resulted in 40 downed electrical poles on Ocracoke. Tideland EMC estimates full restoration of power to the Island Sunday night. While there are no reports of road closures on the mainland, NC12 on the north end of Ocracoke does have some over wash. Access To and From Ocracoke Island:
Currently all ferry routes servicing Ocracoke are suspended, but crews are testing the channels now. The NC Ferry Division hopes to have the Cedar Island and Swan Quarter routes operable by early afternoon. Visit NCDOT.gov/ferry for the most recent information. Ferry tolls for departures from Ocracoke are still waived and any remaining visitors are strongly encouraged to leave the Island as soon as ferry operations resume. Visitor access to Ocracoke Island will be restricted until further notice.
Access to Ocracoke Island today Friday, July 4, 2014 will be strictly limited to emergency and infrastructure personnel. Beginning Saturday, July 5, 2014 residents and property owners will be granted re-entry if they can produce any of the following documents:
  • Unexpired Ocracoke re-entry hangtag from Hyde County (any color)
  • Expired Ocracoke re-entry hangtag or sticker from Hyde County (any
    color)
  • North Carolina Drivers License with Ocracoke listed as residence
  • Documentation with proof of owning property on Ocracoke (ie: tax record)
    Repairs and Clean Up on Ocracoke: Residents and businesses owners on Ocracoke are asked to keep debris material on their property until waste management services are able to get on the Island and replenish dumpsters at the Ocracoke solid waste facility. Information about chipping services will be released as soon as possible.
    Until power is fully restored please exercise water conservation as the Ocracoke water plant is operating on generator power. Tideland estimates 1/3rd of the village will have generator power around 3:00 p.m. today. A rotation schedule will be coming out shortly.
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
    NPS Park Closures: On Ocracoke the NPS campground, NPS docks in Silver Lake, NPS visitors center and ORV office, NPS lifeguard operations, and off- road vehicle beach access will be closed until further notice. Park service staff is working to clear the beaches. More information available here.
    Ocracoke Independence Day Celebration: The flag raising ceremony will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 5th at Ocracoke School flag circle. The remaining Ocracoke Independence Day celebration activities have been cancelled. Please check ocracokecurrent.com for updates. 
    Next update from Hyde County Emergency Services is expected mid-afternoon Friday July 4, 2014. Sign up for email updates from Hyde County Public Information here. 
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Happy Fourth of July!

Ocracoke Island Journal - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 13:31
Well, this will be an Independence Day to remember!

I finally got generator power and Internet access. By now this may be old news for many of our readers, but here is a recap of the last 18 hours:

I slept until about 3 am last night in spite of the powerful winds. At that time a bamboo sun screen on my porch worked loose and was banging and flapping against the railing. I was almost blown over trying to roll it up and tie it to the porch post. I know it had to be blowing at least 85 or 90 mph. This morning I learned that the highest winds recorded on Ocracoke were just over 100 miles an hour.

The most remarkable thing was that we had little or no tidal flooding in the village. I heard reports of a bit of damage to several roofs and a few boats, and a number of power poles blew down. So we have no municipal electricity right now. But I have not heard of any injuries or major damage.

The most noticeable effect of Hurricane Arthur was broken tree limbs and uprooted trees. Although Howard Street was impassable earlier today, David, Bill, Stefen, Eakin, and I cleared the road several hours ago.

Eakin (my grandson) has taken a number of photographs. I will share them later today...or maybe tomorrow. Right now I am on my way to help a neighbor cut up a tree that fell on her shed.

Many thanks to all of our readers for your concern for us on Ocracoke. We are happy to be well and relatively unscathed after this early summer storm.

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9 O'clock

Ocracoke Island Journal - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:01
Getting windier every minute...with thunder and lightning. I will probably be updating mostly on Facebook as the evening progresses: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Village-Craftsmen/185596684826166


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8:15 PM

Ocracoke Island Journal - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:19
The wind has increased to about 30 mph, with gusts around 40 mph. Darker clouds are moving across the sky, and a bit of rain has fallen. This is probably my last photo until daylight tomorrow.


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HURRICANE ARTHUR ADVISORY #6

Ocracoke Island Journal - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:38
July 3, 2014 5:30 p.m.Curfew And Alcohol Sales Ban Countywide, Call for Energy Conservation on Ocracoke
As Hurricane Arthur approaches the North Carolina coast Hyde County is bracing for potential impacts of the storm. Hyde County officials have announced a curfew for Ocracoke Island between 8:00 p.m. tonight and 8:00 a.m. Friday morning.  A curfew for mainland Hyde will be effective as of 10:00 p.m. tonight through 8:00 a.m. Friday morning.  Sale of alcohol in Hyde County is prohibited between 5:00 p.m. today through 8:00 a.m. Friday. View the proclamation here.
For those staying on Ocracoke Island during the storm please take all necessary precautions.  Secure loose outdoor objects and be well stocked with drinking water, non-perishable food items, and batteries.  Move your car to high ground and do not park your car under a house. Disconnect your battery if your car might be flooded.  Turn off your hot water heater. Open fires and fireworks are not allowed on Ocracoke at any time. Go to ReadyNC.org for ideas on emergency supply kits and more information about hurricane preparedness. Please be alert, be prepared, and be smart!
As power outages are likely, Tideland EMC strongly urges all customers on Ocracoke conserve energy throughout the storm limiting usage to only refrigeration and fans.  Ocracoke residents and guests will have to practice extreme conservation efforts for Tideland's generator to successfully energize the Island. Please share this message with guests staying in cottages and other lodging facilities. 
Hurricane Arthur is expected to be a Category 2 hurricane when it passes over or near the North Carolina coast. Tropical storm force winds are expected to affect Ocracoke Island beginning tonight at 8:00 p.m. and subside around 8:00 a.m. Friday. Hurricane force winds are expected between 2:00-4:00 a.m. Friday with peak wind projected around 103 MPH at 3:00 a.m. Friday. 15-20 foot seas are expected with storm surge projections ranging between 0-5 feet above ground. Isolated tornados are also possible over portions of coastal North Carolina through Friday morning.    Reminder  There is no pre-equipped storm shelter on Ocracoke and people who choose to stay should be prepared to be self-supporting.  County officials ask all lodging establishments on Ocracoke take every effort to keep their clients out of harms way from 8:00 p.m. Thursday to 10:00 a.m. Friday morning.


Additional Information
Preparation Measures by Tideland EMC:  Tideland is preparing for the storm by sending additional resources to Ocracoke. Tideland has no plans to shut power off in advance of the storm and is prepared to run the Ocracoke generator in the event of a prolonged outage. However, the ability of the generator to power the island in an emergency situation will largely depend on electric load. Therefore, island residents will be asked to practice extreme conservation efforts if the generator is called into service. Power restoration activities do not begin until storm conditions have sufficiently subsided to ensure safe working conditions for utility crews. More information available here.
Preparation Measures by NCDOT:  Along the Outer Banks, crews are staging motor graders, excavators, bulldozers and front-end loaders in Buxton, Kitty Hawk, Ocracoke and Pea Island. NCDOT has more equipment ready to mobilize, if needed, as well as employees prepared to patrol N.C. 12 during and after the storm. More information available here.
NPS Park Closures:  The Outer Banks Group of the National Park Service announced the following park closures on Ocracoke Island. As of 12:00 p.m. Noon Wednesday, July 2, 204: the NPS campground, NPS docks in Silver Lake, NPS visitors center and ORV office, as well as NPS lifeguard operations will be closed until further notice. All NPS beaches are closed to off-road vehicles as of 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2014 until further notice. More information available here.
Ocracoke Independence Day Celebration:  The Ocracoke Independence Day celebration has been reschedule to Saturday, July 5th when the weather is expected to clear up.  More information: http://www.ocracokecurrent.com/
Next update from Hyde County Emergency Services is expected late Friday morning July 4, 2014.
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Arthur Nearing

Ocracoke Island Journal - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:59
Wind is beginning to increase -- about 20 mph, with gusts at 25. Bikes and lawn mower are put away. All that's left to do is take down the porch swing and stow away the porch rockers. We'll do that before retiring for the night (though it's unlikely that we'll get much sleep!)















We will keep you posted...here and on our Facebook page...as long as we have power and/or Internet service.
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A Few More Tasks

Ocracoke Island Journal - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 12:45
My son-in-law, David, & my son, Stefen, help me trim a final few branches that are too close to my house.




















The forecast now is for a Category 2 storm, with sustained winds between 96 & 110 miles per hour. We are as prepared as possible.
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HURRICANE ARTHUR ADVISORY #5

Ocracoke Island Journal - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:57
July 3, 2014 12:00 p.m.Curfew And Alcohol Sales Ban On Ocracoke To Take Effect, Last Ferry Leaving Ocracoke Scheduled For 5:00 p.m. Today July 3, 2014
Ocracoke Island is currently under voluntary evacuation.  Hyde County officials have announced a curfew for Ocracoke Island between 8:00 p.m. tonight and 8:00 a.m. Friday morning.  All sales of alcohol on Ocracoke will be banned after 5:00 p.m. today.
Hyde County officials strongly recommend visitors leave as soon as possible and residents be prepared for potential serious impacts of Hurricane Arthur.  This storm is projected to be a Category 2 hurricane with storm surge of 3-5 feet above ground.
The NC Ferry Division is working to get as many people off Ocracoke as possible before weather conditions force operations to stop. The last ferries from Ocracoke to Cedar Island and Swan Quarter will leave Ocracoke at 4:00 p.m. today.  The last ferry from Ocracoke to Hatteras is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. today. The Hatteras Ferry route has ample capacity to accommodate people leaving Ocracoke. Go to NCDOT.gov/ferry for the most recent information.
Hurricane Arthur is now expected to be a Category 2 hurricane when it passes over or near the North Carolina coast. Tropical storm force winds are expected to affect Ocracoke Island beginning today at 8:00 p.m. and subside around 9:00 a.m. Friday.  Hurricane force winds are expected between 2:00-4:00 a.m. Friday with peak wind projected around 103 MPH at 3:00 a.m. Friday. 15-25 foot seas are expected with storm surge projections of 3-5 feet above ground. Isolated tornados are also possible over portions of coastal North Carolina.  
Reminder
Those that choose to stay on Ocracoke do so at their own risk and need to be well prepared for potential serious impacts of the storm.  County Manager Bill Rich sternly warns everyone on Ocracoke, "There could be loss of electricity, there could be restaurants closing, there could be cars flooding, and roads could be compromised; if you do not want to experience what could be, you should leave the Island."    There is no pre-equipped storm shelter on Ocracoke and people who choose to stay should be prepared to be self-supporting.  Please disconnect your car battery if your car is flooded. Hyde County officials ask all lodging establishments on Ocracoke take every effort to keep their clients out of harms way from 9:00 p.m. Thursday to 10:00 a.m. Friday morning. Go to ReadyNC.org for ideas on emergency supply kits and more information about hurricane preparedness. Please be alert, be prepared, and be smart!


Additional Information
Preparation Measures by Tideland EMC:  Tideland is preparing for the storm by sending additional resources to Ocracoke. Tideland has no plans to shut power off in advance of the storm and is prepared to run the Ocracoke generator in the event of a prolonged outage. However, the ability of the generator to power the island in an emergency situation will largely depend on electric load. Therefore, island residents will be asked to practice extreme conservation efforts if the generator is called into service. Power restoration activities do not begin until storm conditions have sufficiently subsided to ensure safe working conditions for utility crews. More information available here.
Preparation Measures by NCDOT:  Along the Outer Banks, crews are staging motor graders, excavators, bulldozers and front-end loaders in Buxton, Kitty Hawk, Ocracoke and Pea Island. NCDOT has more equipment ready to mobilize, if needed, as well as employees prepared to patrol N.C. 12 during and after the storm. More information available here.
NPS Park Closures:  The Outer Banks Group of the National Park Service has announced the following park closures that will affect Ocracoke starting at 12:00 p.m. Noon today: the NPS campground, NPS docks in Silver Lake, NPS visitors center and ORV office, as well as NPS lifeguard operations will close until further notice. All NPS beaches will be closed to off-road vehicles by 9:00 p.m. today until further notice. More information available here.
Ocracoke Independence Day Celebration:  The Ocracoke Independence Day celebration has been reschedule to Saturday, July 5th when the weather is expected to clear up.  More information: http://www.ocracokecurrent.com/
Next update from Hyde County Emergency Services is expected early afternoon Thursday July 3, 2014.
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From the NC DOT

Ocracoke Island Journal - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:38

(MANNS HARBOR) - Based on current forecasts for the arrival of Hurricane Arthur, the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Ferry Division will suspend operations on its Ocracoke-Hatteras ferry operation at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 3 to enable crews to secure boats and shelter in safe locations before the storm arrives."We urge everyone who is evacuating Ocracoke Island to get to the ferry terminal as soon as possible," said NC Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. " Safety is always our first priority, and by suspending operations after our 5 p.m. departure, we will get evacuees to Hatteras in time to drive off the island before the worst of the storm hits, while also allowing our ferry crews to keep themselves and our boats safe."In addition, the Ferry Division's routes between Ocracoke-Swan Quarter and Ocracoke-Cedar Island will suspend operations after their 4 p.m. departures. All routes will resume operations as soon as it is safe to do so.
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Update from NC DOT, Ferry Division

Ocracoke Island Journal - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 08:08
"There have been some erroneous reports on local radio about operations on our Ocracoke-Hatteras route. Just to be clear: WE ARE TAKING VEHICLE TRAFFIC FROM OCRACOKE TO HATTERAS. Repeat: WE ARE TAKING VEHICLE TRAFFIC."
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From NBCnew.com

Ocracoke Island Journal - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 05:59
"Arthur strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane early Thursday.... Arthur had registered maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and was about 190 miles south-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, the National Hurricane Center said at 4:50 a.m. ET....The National Hurricane Center predicted Arthur would swipe the coast early Friday with winds of up to 85 mph."
We have completed most of our preparations, but will be removing loose objects from porches and outside (including the clam baskets, etc. from the side of my outbuilding) today. My car is parked on a hill in my back yard.














Go to our Village Craftsmen Facebook page to see another photo.
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TROPICAL STORM ARTHUR ADVISORY #4

Ocracoke Island Journal - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 21:36
July 2, 2014 10:00 p.m.Arthur Approaches Hurricane Strength - Ocracoke Residents And Visitors Need To Prepare
Hyde County officials have declared a countywide state of emergency and a voluntary evacuation for Ocracoke Island that went into place today at 2:00 p.m. The National Weather Service has issued a hurricane warning for all of Hyde County and much of the Outer Banks in anticipation of Tropical Storm Arthur strengthening into a hurricane Thursday, July 3, 2014.    Recent data from the National Hurricane Center shows little change in the storm's track.  Sustained tropical storm force winds around 45 MPH are expected to affect Ocracoke between 10:00 p.m. Thursday and 8:00 a.m. Friday.  Peak sustained winds of 65 MPH are expected to occur around 2:00 a.m. Friday.  15-20 foot seas are expected with storm surge projections of 0-3 feet above ground.  Those that choose to stay on Ocracoke do so at their own risk and need to be well prepared for potential serious impacts of the storm.  County Manager Bill Rich sternly warns everyone on Ocracoke, "There could be loss of electricity, there could be restaurants closing, there could be cars flooding, and roads could be compromised; if you do not want to experience what could be, you should leave the Island."    There is no pre-equipped storm shelter on Ocracoke and people who choose to stay should be prepared to be self-supporting.  Hyde County officials ask all lodging establishments on Ocracoke take every effort to keep their clients out of harms way from 9:00 p.m. Thursday to 10:00 a.m. Friday morning. Go to ReadyNC.org for ideas on emergency supply kits and more information about hurricane preparedness. Please be alert, be prepared, and be smart!  For those leaving, the NC Ferry Division has amended their schedule to increase operations for Ocracoke. 24-hour service to Hatteras is available.  Dare County Emergency Management has announced a mandatory evacuation of Hatteras Island. All access south-bound on to Hatteras Island will be restricted to vendors as of 5:00 a.m. Thursday morning.  Regardless, if you leave Ocracoke on the Hatteras ferry you will be allowed to get off Hatteras Island.  Priority loading for the Hatteras ferry has been suspended for all departures from Ocracoke; priority loading for departures from Hatteras to Ocracoke is still in place. Go to NCDOT.gov/ferry for the most recent information.



Additional Information
Preparation Measures by Tideland EMC:  Tideland is preparing for the storm by sending additional resources to Ocracoke. Tideland has no plans to shut power off in advance of the storm and is prepared to run the Ocracoke generator in the event of a prolonged outage. However, the ability of the generator to power the island in an emergency situation will largely depend on electric load. Therefore, island residents will be asked to practice extreme conservation efforts if the generator is called into service. Power restoration activities do not begin until storm conditions have sufficiently subsided to ensure safe working conditions for utility crews. More information available here.
Preparation Measures by NCDOT:  Along the Outer Banks, crews are staging motor graders, excavators, bulldozers and front-end loaders in Buxton, Kitty Hawk, Ocracoke and Pea Island. NCDOT has more equipment ready to mobilize, if needed, as well as employees prepared to patrol N.C. 12 during and after the storm. More information available here.
NPS Park Closures:  The Outer Banks Group of the National Park Service has announced the following park closures that will affect Ocracoke starting at 12:00 p.m. Noon today: the NPS campground, NPS docks in Silver Lake, NPS visitors center and ORV office, as well as NPS lifeguard operations will close until further notice. All NPS beaches will be closed to off-road vehicles by 9:00 p.m. today until further notice. More information available here.
Ocracoke Independence Day Celebration:  The Ocracoke Independence Day celebration has been reschedule to Saturday, July 5th when the weather is expected to clear up.  More information: http://www.ocracokecurrent.com/
Next update from Hyde County Emergency Services is expected late Thursday morning July 3, 2014.
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TROPICAL STORM ARTHUR ADVISORY #3

Ocracoke Island Journal - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 13:30
July 2, 2014 12:30 p.m.Hyde County Announces Countywide State of Emergency And Voluntary Evacuation for Ocracoke Island 
Based on the most recent data from the National Hurricane Center, Hyde County officials have declared a countywide state of emergency as well as a voluntary evacuation for Ocracoke Island to take effect at 2:00 p.m. today July 2, 2014. 
A state of emergency helps Hyde County acquire state resources and assistance if necessary.  A state of emergency also temporarily suspends tolling for anyone leaving Ocracoke via Pamlico Sound ferries, thereby assisting voluntary evacuation measures. Currently there are no restrictions associated with this state of emergency. The NC Ferry Division will maintain their current schedule of operations for Ocracoke unless traffic demand dictates otherwise.  Go to NCDOT.gov/ferry for the current ferry schedule.
The most recent data from NOAA shows changes to the storm's composure. As of now Ocracoke is expected to encounter sustained winds of tropical storm force beginning between 9:00-10:00 p.m. on Thursday and subsiding by 10:00 am on Friday. The size of the storm is projected to constrict as it approaches the North Carolina coast.  The outer periphery of hurricane force winds will pass roughly 40 miles east of Ocracoke. Peak winds are expected around 1:00 a.m. Friday with sustained winds of 60 mph at that time.  Storm surge is still projected between 0-3 feet above ground.
Residents and visitors are asked to monitor weather reports and take necessary precautions. Go to ReadyNC.org for ideas on emergency supply kits and more information about hurricane preparedness.
Ocracoke Civic and Business has rescheduled activities for the Ocracoke Independence Day celebration to Saturday, July 5th when the weather is expected to clear up.  More information: http://www.ocracokecurrent.com
The Outer Banks Group of the National Park Service has announced the following park closures that will affect Ocracoke starting at 12:00 p.m. Noon today: the NPS campground, NPS docks in Silver Lake, NPS visitors center and ORV office, as well as NPS lifeguard operations will close until further notice. All NPS beaches will be closed to off-road vehicles by 9:00 p.m. today until further notice. More information available here.
Next update from Hyde County Emergency Services is expected around 9:00 p.m. tonight July 2, 2014.
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TROPICAL STORM ARTHUR ADVISORY # 2

Ocracoke Island Journal - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 13:00

July 2, 2014 10:00 a.m.Hurricane Watch Now In Effect For OBX
The National Weather Service has issued a hurricane watch for coastal North Carolina between Bogue Inlet and Oregon Inlet as well as the Pamlico Sound.  Tropical Storm Arthur is moving to the north around 6 MPH and is projected to strengthen into a hurricane by Thursday night as it approaches the Outer Banks. 
The most recent data from the National Hurricane Center shows a decrease in the diameter of the storm.  Locally tropical storm force winds are expected to affect Ocracoke Island between 12:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. Friday morning July 4, 2014.  Hurricane force winds are expected during a narrow window early Friday morning.  Projected rainfall for the immediate coast is 3-4 inches and estimated storm surge is 0-3 feet above ground.
There is still uncertainty about the storm track and strength.  Hyde County officials are closely monitoring Arthur's progress in considering various plans of action.  Residents and visitors are asked to monitor weather reports and take necessary precautions.
Ocracoke Civic and Business is in the process of moving activities for 4th of July celebration to Saturday, July 5th when the weather is expected to clear up. More Info
The Outer Banks Group of the National Park Service has announced the following park closures that will affect Ocracoke starting at 12:00 p.m. noon today: the NPS campground, NPS docks in Silver Lake, NPS visitors center and ORV office, as well as NPS lifeguard operations will close until further notice. All NPS beaches will be closed to off-road vehicles by 9:00 p.m. today until further notice.More Info
Next update from Hyde County Emergency Services is expected at 12:00 p.m. Noon or earlier.
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TROPICAL STORM ARTHUR ADVISORY #1

Ocracoke Island Journal - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:37
July 1, 2014 6:50 p.m.Hyde County Monitoring Progress of Tropical Storm Arthur
The Hyde County Emergency Services Department is currently monitoring Tropical Storm Arthur's progress up the East Coast.  The latest weather forecast from NOAA's National Hurricane Center as of 5:00 p.m. today project Tropical Storm Arthur passing just east off the coast of Ocracoke early morning Friday, July 4, 2014.
Sustained tropical force winds are expected to affect Ocracoke Island around 1:00 a.m. Friday morning July 4, 2014 and lasting until early afternoon.  Hurricane force winds are a predicted possibility Friday morning between 5:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Total projected rainfall on Thursday July 3, 2014 and Friday July 4, 2014 is 2-3 inches.  Local storm surge estimates will become available as Arthur gets closer to North Carolina.
Emergency Services Director Justin Gibbs and County Manager Bill Rich will continue to be in constant contact with regional weather service officials, State Emergency Management, the Hyde County Commissioners, and local business owners regarding the storm's progress and potential impact to Hyde County. 
Please stay alert of further updates from Hyde County Public Information.
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Waiting...

Ocracoke Island Journal - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 05:44
...and preparing.

Although "Arthur" is still just a tropical storm, the system is expected to become a category 1 hurricane by the time it reaches the Outer Banks early Friday morning. Wind speeds by then are forecast to be around 85 miles per hour. However if the storm passes far enough offshore we may be spared the brunt of Arthur.

Nevertheless, we are getting ready for the first named storm of 2014, and will keep you posted as regularly as possible, either here on the Ocracoke Journal or on our Village Craftsmen Facebook page, as events unfold.

Understandably, July 4th events on the island have been canceled. Maybe they will be rescheduled for Saturday.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke's Agnes Scott, direct descendant of Agnes Scott for whom the women's college in Decatur, Georgia is named. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news062114.htm.
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Uncle Stanley

Ocracoke Island Journal - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 04:59
My Uncle Stanley O’Neal (1885-1956) was my grandmother’s brother.

Stanley O'Neal, Philip Howard & Lawton Howard, ca. 1951













He was nearly deaf, but loved music. Uncle Stanley had a Victrola that he played so loud that everyone up and down Howard Street could hear it. Blanche remembers him playing the old tune “Cabbagehead”:

I came home last night as drunk as I could be
and saw a horse a standing where my horse ort to be.
I said, "Dear wifey, dear wifey come explain this thing to me."
She said, "You fool, you fool, you great big fool, can't you never see
that's just a milk cow your mother gave to me."

I been around this great big world a hundred times or more
but a saddle on a milk cow, I've never seen before.

I went into the house as hungry as I could be
and saw a coat a hanging where my coat ort to be.
 I said, "Dear wifey, dear wifey come explain this thing to me."
She said, "You fool, you fool, you great big fool, can't you never see
that's just a bed quilt your mother gave to me."

I been around this great big world a hundred times or more
but pockets on a bed quilt, I've never seen before.

I went to the bedroom as tired as I could be
and saw a head a laying where my head ort to be.
I said, "Dear wifey, dear wifey come explain this thing to me."
She said, "You fool, you fool, you great big fool, can't you never see
that's just a cabbagehead your mother gave to me."

I been around this great big world a hundred times or more
but a mustache on a cabbagehead, I've never seen before.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke's Agnes Scott, direct descendant of Agnes Scott for whom the women's college in Decatur, Georgia is named. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news062114.htm.
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Independence Day Celebration

Ocracoke Island Journal - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 04:49
If you will be on the island this Friday, be ready for the July 4th festivities: morning flag raising ceremony, sand sculpture contest,  village parade, old time square dance, stories, music, and more. The schedule of events is below. (Follow these directions to view a larger image: in Internet Explorer do a right click on the image, then "Open Link in New Tab," then left click on that image to enlarge. In Firefox, do a left click on the image, then a right click to "View Image." Then a left click on photo to enlarge.)




















Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke's Agnes Scott, direct descendant of Agnes Scott for whom the women's college in Decatur, Georgia is named. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news062114.htm.
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs
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