Like the rest of Eastern NC, we are bracing for Hurricane Irene set to make landfall about 40 miles from here around 8am tomorrow morning. All of the news channels are focusing on New York and the fact that they may get a hit off this monster... so they are panicking and evacuating and getting ready. For them it seems to be a novelty and "big news". For Eastern NC, this is the way of life.
You choose to live here and you choose to do the hurricane tango multiple times a year. We jut out into the ocean like a sore thumb. A goalie in the soccer game of hurricane season.
We've picked up the yard, moved the chickens into the barn, put break away halters and ID tags on the horses, pulled out our flashlights and candles. Filled our freezer with bottles of ice, stocked up on food we don't have to cook or refrigerate, and notified our families of where we will be.
That's all we can do. We are as prepared as we can be, now all we can do is wait. We probably won't have power tomorrow. We'll probably see some flooding. Hopefully we won't see any major damage.
It's been raining most of the afternoon, and the wind comes and goes. Nothing major at the moment but it is on its way. 10 hours from now we are expecting to start seeing Irene's fury.
For any you in its path, be safe this weekend.