This afternoon I got to walk around the beach a little, and got my feet wet. The water temperature has dropped several degrees today, thanks to Ophelia. It's still not clear whether she'll get here, or when, though it's looking likely. It's a tropical storm rather than a hurricane, now, so we'll probably face weather ranging from so-so to bad, but no evacuation.
More pics... http://mha.14850.com/photos/2005/0509hatteras01/
P.S. The picture here was taken outside a store where I found a torch-style cigar lighter for a 20th the price of the ones I was looking at in Ithaca, and it'll do just fine. Add a canister of butane from the hardware store across the street, and together they're still only a tenth what they were asking for just the lighter in Ithaca.