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Hurricane Arthur Damages Skipjack Wilma Lee!

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 05:12
News from Ocracoke Alive
 Join our fundraising campaign by August 1st to get her back in the water! Great rewards for sponsors!Wilma Lee damaged in Hurricane ArthurThis 4th of July was most unusual, bringing with it not the expected tourists, parade, sand castle contest, and Community Square party, but instead a Category 2 Hurricane Arthur barreling up the coast.  On the night of July 3rd and early in the morning of July 4th, Ocracoke Island took a direct hit from Hurricane Arthur. The storm brought winds upwards of 100 mph for several hours and also packed tornado-type winds as well. The eye of the storm passed over the village of Ocracoke at around 1:00 AM on July 4th. The island suffered damage in the form of downed trees, broken windows, roofing, siding and trim torn from houses and buildings, road overwash, and over 40 utility poles snapped or dislodged.

The most dramatic damage for Ocracoke Alive was to the Skipjack Wilma Lee tied up at NPS docks.  No one was there to watch [see comments for clarification], so we can only look at the results and speculate as to exactly what happened. The damage report is as follows:

Broken 40 ft wood boom
Damage to the port and starboard rails
Damage to the starboard railing
Damage to the mainsail
Structural separation at the stem

The Wilma Lee will be taken to a boatyard and hauled out for inspections and repairs.  We are currently assessing and estimating the costs, but it is clear that because of a high deductible and a provision that excludes sail damage during a named storm, that we will need close to $20,000 that we currently do not have.

We hope to repair the vessel so that it is able to take passengers for motoring trips and minimal sailing with use of the jib sail so that we can make the most of the remainder of the 2014 season while we wait for the creation of a new mainsail.  In the meantime, we will continue our summertime educational Dockside talks once the Wilma Lee returns to her berth at the Community Square Docks.  Mid-August we have another meeting with Andy Mink of NC Learn to look at the educational programming that we are developing for the Wilma Lee.
Here are some ways you can help!
1. Join our Indiegogo Campaign! In June, we began a fundraising campaign to raise money for replacement of the sails.  That platform is still in place and we are off to a good start at $1505 with 20 days left (as of this post date) and a goal for the sails of $10,000.  We hope you will be able to pitch in and join our quest.  Any monies raised over our goal will go towards the additional costs of repairing damage to the Wilma Lee. There are a lot of great perks, including T-shirts, cruises, a week’s stay on Ocracoke, and even your own private charter. Please note that many of the rewards offered involve cruises aboard the Wilma Lee – those may require modification, depending on the outcome of our inspections and assessments.  Contributions are tax-deductible and the campaign ends August 1st.

 
2. Send a tax-deductible contribution directly. You can do so with a credit card through Paypal by clicking on the donation button here.









or by mailing a check to “Ocracoke Alive, PO Box 604, Ocracoke, NC 27960”  with a memo to “Skipjack Wilma Lee Fund”

3. Join our “Boom and Sail Party.” If you can come to Ocracoke Island and are interested in joining us for a fundraising party, let us know and we will keep you posted on how to get a ticket to a fun-filled celebration to raise money for the Skipjack Wilma Lee. Email us at info@ocracokealive.org or call at 252-921-0260.
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Decoy & Carroll A. Deering

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 04:47
Several days ago I received an email from a woman who discovered an old wooden decoy in her late father's estate. She sent me a photo of the Canada Goose decoy:










She believes the decoy was made by Charles MacWilliams ("Charlie Mac" to islanders) because of a typed paper found with the decoy.














The paper reads, "The wood in this hand-carved decoy came from one of the five masts of the schooner Carroll A. Deeering, wrecked in a great storm on Diamond Shoals off Cape Hatteras more than forty years ago [the Deering wrecked in 1921]. After she had been dynamited, one section of this famous Ghost Ship was driven ashore at Ocracoke Island in another storm, where I salvaged a mast. I carved this body from the mast, carved the head out of a natural driftwood knee found on the beach, and then painted the decoy.

"Many a waterfowl has been shot over this decoy. Famous men like Lynn Bogue Hunt, artist; Dr. Edgar Burke, author and artist, and Rex Beach, novelist, who all gunned with me long years ago -- had good shooting over this hand-carved decoy!

"October 15, 1963, Ocracoke, N.C. Charles MacWilliams"

I believe the woman is correct, and that the decoy was carved by Charlie Mac.

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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Swan Quarterly

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 04:42
In case you missed my article about traveling from Philadelphia to Ocracoke in 1951, you can now read it in the summer issue of the on-line magazine, Swan Quarterly. Here is the link: http://issuu.com/innerbanks/docs/sqly_summer_14_med. The article starts on page 27.













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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Loop Shack Again

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 04:56
Two days ago I re-published a blog post about Loop Shack Hill. I included photos of some of the extant structures. Below are two pictures showing what the installation looked like during WWII (the first courtesy of Earl O'Neal, the second courtesy of the Outer Banks History Center). The "Loop Shack" radar tower (with the wooden base) is shown on the left in the top photo; on the right in the bottom photo.












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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Party, Party, Party

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 05:05
I am a bit late posting this blog, but Hurricane Arthur interrupted the flow of my writing.

Late last month Martha & Wilson Garrish celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary by throwing a lavish outdoor party for the community. Everything, including beverages, was free, but donations to the Ocracoke Community Park were requested.

The food was catered by the Flying Melon Restaurant, and music was provided by The Maxx. Here are a few photos:



 A good time was had by all, young and old alike...and donations went to a very good cause!
Happy Anniversary, Martha & Wilson!
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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Loop Shack Hill Revisited

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 04:40
Recently a reader asked about Loop Shack Hill (on NPS land, just past Howard's Pub), and I promised to publish a blog about this significant island landmark. I can do no better than to re-publish what I posted in July of last year:

Ocracoke Island played a significant role in World War II. German U-boats attacked and sank dozens of US merchant vessels off shore...and the Navy constructed a sizable military base here in 1942, part of the Navy's successful effort to thwart further submarine attacks.

Many people know about the main base, located where the NPS Visitors Center is today. Fewer are aware of the installation on Loop Shack Hill, where the Navy monitored an underwater anti-submarine magnetic cable and maintained sensitive communications with other military installations. Many islanders believe the Park Service should recognize these historic structures, which today are merely ruins.

Below are some recent photos of the remaining structures.


The Base of the Loop Shack
Remnants of a Communications Tower
A Communications Building?



































Concrete Foundations
























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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Shell in a Shell

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 04:49
Some time ago I found this whelk while walking along the beach. Constant tumbling on the ocean floor had worn a half dollar size hole in the shell, but I kept it anyway because otherwise it was fairly well preserved.














Several days ago my grandson, Eakin, was looking at the shell, and he noticed something I had not seen. Lodged between the inner whorls is what appears to be a perfectly formed scotch bonnet. The smaller univalve is clearly visible from the hole in the whelk.


















This may not be one of the Seven Wonders of the World, but it is interesting, don't you think?

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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Shad Boat

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 05:05
The shad boat is the official state boat of North Carolina. According to NCpedia, "Shad boats were first built in the 1870s by George Washington Creef [on Roanoke Island], who combined traditional split-log techniques with conventional plank-on-frame construction. The original Creef design was extremely successful and in high demand by coastal fishermen. Creef taught many others to build this vessel, which soon became one of the better and more handsome North Carolina workboats. His boat works produced shad boats from the 1870s through the early 1930s, while other builders turned out similar designs. (Read more here: http://ncpedia.org/symbols/boat.)

The shad boat had a round-bottomed hull and a single mast that was rigged with a sprit sail (a four-sided fore-aft sail supported by a diagonally positioned spar called a sprit). The shad boat often included a jib and a topsail.

Jim Goodwin recently finished a detailed model of a North Carolina shad boat. 

Shad Boat Model by Jim Goodwin




















For landlubbers, here is a diagram showing the parts of a sprit-rigged sailboat.

Wikipedia Image by Kirby Schroeder




















And here are two images of one of the last (now deteriorating) shad boats to be found on Ocracoke Island:






























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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Ocracoke Waters

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 05:19
Summertime always brings sailboats into Silver Lake harbor. I took this photo, with the lighthouse in the background, several weeks ago.




















Even folks who are not sailors flock to the island and our surrounding waters. Kayakers, fishermen, clammers, surfers, & parasailors always find much to enjoy here at Ocracoke.

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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Answers to Comment Questions

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 08:01
During Hurricane Arthur I got these two questions that I didn't have time or energy to answer. I am replying now.

1. "Could you explain to this Dingbatter how the island generator works - for example, what is meant by '1/3 of the island will be powered' or what is the 'rotation schedule?' Also if folks have a private generator, which I assume is gasoline powered, do you plug things into it to run, say, your tv or icebox?"

The Ocracoke generator is not powerful enough to supply electricity to the entire village at the same time...even when there are only year-round residents on the island. Three "trunk lines" service the village. Tideland Electric can supply power to only one of these lines when we are on generator. So they rotate service, usually in 3 hour blocks of time. Private, gasoline powered generators can provide electricity for refrigerators, lights, or even air conditioning, depending on the size of the generator. For example, the Variety Store has a generator that allows them to stay open during power outages.
 
2. "When a large tree is blown over, with the root bed exposed, is it possible to use a truck or equipment and set it back up? Would the tree have a chance of living after such an event? Just curious. I figure it is NOT possible, but just wondered."

I have seen (and helped) neighbors prop up trees that have blown over in hurricanes. But it doesn't always work. Below are two photos. The first is a tree in my back yard that I have propped up. The second photo is of a tree in my Uncle Marvin & Aunt Leevella's yard that survived a hurricane many years ago, and continues to grow at a noticeable angle.
















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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FINAL POST HURRICANE ARTHUR ADVISORY

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 05:59
July 5, 2014 10:00 p.m.Ocracoke Island Open to Unrestricted Access Beginning Sunday Morning   Hyde County officials are happy to announce Ocracoke Island will be open to unrestricted access, barring any unforeseen issues, beginning Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 7:00 a.m.  On Sunday, the first unrestricted ferry from Cedar Island departs at 7:00 a.m., from Swan Quarter at 7:00 a.m., and from Hatteras at 7:35 a.m. For the complete ferry schedule go to NCDOT.gov/ferry.
Tideland EMC successfully restored power to all of Ocracoke Island this evening after Hurricane Arthur damaged 45 utility poles and left thousands without power.  Hyde County officials and the Ocracoke community are extremely grateful for the hard work of all Tideland's employees over the past several days.
With full restoration of power, Ocracoke is no longer under a state of emergency. Tolls are back in place for ferry departures from Ocracoke to Cedar Island and Swan Quarter.  The temporary curfew for Ocracoke is now expired.
The National Park Service campground on Ocracoke is currently still closed, but please look for updates from the NPS regarding the campground's reopening.
Storm Debris on Ocracoke:
Chipping will begin Monday morning July 7th and continue until no longer needed. Mobile chipping services will begin on Hwy 12 near Howard's Pub and move south through the village. Vegetative debris smaller than 6 inches in diameter can be chipped on site.  All debris must be accessible close to the driveway. Anything larger than 6 inches in diameter cannot be chipped and will need to be disposed of at the solid waste site. 
Recovery Assistance on Mainland Hyde:
United Methodist Disaster Recovery crews will be on mainland Hyde County to assist with recovery from Hurricane Arthur beginning Monday morning July 7th. People needing any type of assistance should call (252) 542-9453 on Monday morning. The United Methodist Disaster Recovery crews will assist with vegetative debris removal. Vegetative debris less than 8 inches in diameter can be chipped on site. Vegetative debris larger than 8 inches in diameter needs to be put in a separate pile for hauling to the solid waste facility.  
  
Additional Safety Information 
Working Safely with Chain Saws:
The chain saw is one of the most efficient and productive portable power tools used in the industry. It can also be one of the most dangerous. If you learn to operate it properly and maintain the saw in good working condition, you can avoid injury as well as be more productive.
  • Before Starting the Saw
    • Fuel the saw at least 10 feet from sources of ignition.
    • Check controls, chain tension, and all bolts and handles to ensure they are functioning properly and adjusted according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • While Running the Saw
    • Keep hands on the handles, and maintain secure footing while operating the chainsaw.
    • Do not cut directly overhead
    • Be prepared for kickback; use saws that reduce kickback danger (chain brakes, low kickback chains, guide bars, etc.) 
  • Personal Protective Equipment Requirements
    • The following PPE must be used when hazards make it necessary:
      • Head Protection
      • Hearing Protection
      • Eye/Face Protection
      • Leg Protection
      • Foot Protection
      • Hand Protection

Heat Stress:
When the body is unable to cool itself by sweating, several heat-induced illnesses such as heat stress or heat exhaustion and the more severe heat stroke can occur, and can result in death.
  • Factors Leading to Heat Stress
    • High temperature and humidity direct sun or heat limited air movement
    • Physical exertion;
    • Poor physical
  • Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion
    • Headaches, dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting.
    • Weakness and moist skin
    • Upset stomach or vomiting
  • Symptoms of Heat Stroke
    • Dry, hot skin with no sweating
    • Mental confusion or losing consciousness
    • Seizures or fits
  • Preventing Heat Stress
    • Block out direct sun or other heat sources
    • Use cooling fans/air-conditioning; rest regularly
    • Drink lots of water; about 1 cup every 15 minutes
    • Wear lightweight, light colored, loose-fitting clothes
    • Avoid alcohol, caffeinated drinks, or heavy meals*.
    • What to Do for Heat-Related Illness
      • Call 911 (or local emergency number) at once
      • While waiting for help to arrive
      • Move the worker to a cool, shaded area
      • Loosen or remove heavy clothing
      • Provide cool drinking water
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Video

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 05:51
Yesterday Amy posted a short video of our spontaneous Fourth of July parade on the Ocracoke Preservation Society Facebook page. Here is the link:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ocracoke-Preservation-Society/109598372410925

Enjoy!
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Spontaneous Celebration!

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 15:09
Today's re-scheduled Independence Day Celebration was abbreviated to a simple flag raising and the singing of the Star Spangled Banner at 9 am. At least that was the official plan. But there was more to come.




















Just before 3 pm Bill called to let me know that two entries had shown up at the Topless Oyster for a parade! Eakin, Lachlan, Lou Ann and I rode our bikes out to take some photos. After a quick trip across the street to the Variety Store to purchase a few American flags we got in line for the parade.

It was quite a hoot to ride through the village, waving, wishing everyone a Happy Fourth, and tossing candy to the children.

Brenda, Ian & Melissa led the way, followed by young men from Pennsylvania (I think they are working at Howard's Pub this summer) on their Pirate Float. Lachlan, Lou Ann & I were on our bikes behind them (I don't know what happened to Eakin). At the last minute Gary joined in, and brought up the rear in his van (he will tell you he won first place in that category!).






























It was a great parade.
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POST HURRICANE ARTHUR ADVISORY #9

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

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:

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!

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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