Irene is approaching the North Carolina coast and should make landfall sometime Friday night or early Saturday morning. We're praying for it to move on off to the East, but all projections show it to be moving slightly West. We are here at the coast getting things put inside from the decks so that no flying objects will break the glass in the windows. No one else in our neighborhood seems to be taking it seriously, but we feel that it's better to do it and not need to than to wish we had done it and didn't. It's so calm and beautiful here today. The sun is shining and a gentle breeze is blowing. It gives you a sense of complacency - like nothing could disturb anything on these beautiful beaches. The force of mother nature is awesome though - anything can happen as we all well know.
Our place is just south of Wilmington, North Carolina. You can go to this link to track Irene. The Weather Channel is really giving more coverage to the NorthEast since that area doesn't usually get an impact from hurricanes, but it will hit North Carolina first during it's strongest winds. We will be getting out of here and heading back home Friday afternoon.
Say a little prayer for everyone who will be affected by this storm. Things can be replaced, but lives can't. Just keep moving to the East, Irene - you're not wanted around here.