Earlier this week, the east coast experienced an earthquake that was felt throughout the Carolinas. We barely had time to ewww and ahhh over it though. A hurricane was on its way.
Irene is now knocking on our doors. The Outer Banks has been evacuated, as have places along the Albemarle-Pamlico peninsula (if you're looking at a map, it's the raggedy flap in the middle of the coast.) We're a bit further inland, but white clouds are looming on the eastern horizon, and our weather radio is already bleating warnings of high winds and flash floods. We're hoping Irene will stop being a diva and turn east.
I'm following the storm on the National Hurricane Center, The Weather Channel, and Twitter, where the Carolinas organizations I follow are constantly updating their statuses with weather information, evacuation and ferry updates and more. Let's pray it's overkill, but as the old saying goes, it's best to err on the side of caution.
If you're along the coast, I hope your impact is minimal, and the rain just enough to water the land and put out a couple of wildfires.
NASA photo of the storm: