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Party, Party, Party

Ocracoke Island Journal - 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

Ocracoke Island Journal - 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

Ocracoke Island Journal - 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

Ocracoke Island Journal - 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

Ocracoke Island Journal - 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

Ocracoke Island Journal - 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

Ocracoke Island Journal - 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

Ocracoke Island Journal - 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!

Ocracoke Island Journal - 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

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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