A quick watercolor of our marshes with Irene's approach. Right now, 7:15 am EDT, the eye of the storm is just about to hit the Crystal Coast of North Carolina --- the same place we vacationed last weekend. According to the news, there are folks along the coast without power, the winds and waves are up, but because Irene has lost strength to a status of 1 instead of hurricane 3 that was predicted, things aren't as horrible as they might have been -- but, they warn us - we are less than halfway through the storm.
Here, west of the coast by 200+ miles, the winds are battering my trees and we're having bands of rain come through. The reports at the school tell me of high winds and flooding -- but all, thusfar, less damaging than might have been.
We're all keeping our fingers crossed that the storm passes without more damage - but it's a slow moving storm and we're expecting these windy, rainy, gusty conditions for the rest of the day.
Thank you for all your good thoughts and prayers.
Please vote if you can especially for those who will not have their power restored for a few days!