A raging ocean surf post Idalia on Aug. 31. Photo: C. Leinbach

By Connie Leinbach

As Tropical Storm Idalia moved off the North Carolina coast Thursday, Ocracoke Islanders and visitors ventured outside even as village roadways had standing water.

An afternoon ride around Ocracoke showed a lot of standing water but no damage to structures.

Ocracoke School will be closed on Friday due to the standing water on the village roads.

The National Weather Service out of Morehead City/Newport said Thursday afternoon that the heaviest rain has moved out of our area, with only light rain for the rest of the day.

The core of the strongest winds is over our sounds and coastal waters and has slowly moved east of the area as of late today.

The NWS is still concerned with elevated water levels, peaking through this evening in some areas, and remaining high through Friday night.

The forecast is for partly cloudy overnight with a low of 71 degrees. Winds are north at 25 to 35 mph and could occasionally gust to over 50 mph.

By Saturday it will be will be partly cloudy and temperatures in the 70s and a bit breezy.

Several inches of water cover Back Road. Photo: C. Leinbach

Irvin Garrish Highway on Aug. 31. Photo: C. Leinbach
Every space in the NPS parking lot, one of the highest spots on Ocracoke, at the south end of Ocracoke has a vehicle. Photo: C. Leinbach
Flooded Sunset Drive. Photo: C. Leinbach
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