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Me & Irene

Bodie Island Lighthouse, one of the Outer Bank...

Bodie Island Light in NC. (Image via Wikipedia)

I thought it might be a good idea to take a sec and let everyone know I am safe from the hurricane that is now making landfall in North Carolina. I started getting emails and tweets last night wishing me well and hoping for my safety. Thank you so much to all who’ve been looking at the storm map and thinking “wait a minute, I think I know someone there.”

I live just outside of Charlotte, about 300 miles inland from the Outer Banks. North Carolina is deceptively large. It’s breezy here right now, but not so bad that the hummingbirds aren’t able to make their rounds. The forecast here is for gusts of perhaps thirty miles per hour.

A few made a point to check on my son. Thanks even more for that. He is in Raleigh at North Carolina State University, about 2.5 hours east of where I am. He’s going to get a little more weather there, but I think the winds there will top out at around 40 mph. His dorm is like a fort, but I’m guessing he won’t spend the whole day in that fort.

I know a lot of the folks who read my silliness are along the east coast and in the path of this storm. Please take it seriously and let me know you came through alright…once the power comes back on.

If you would, please keep the folks living on the Outer Banks of NC in your thoughts today. There are a lot of good people living out there who are having a bad day. When you start planning your vacation for next summer, keep them in mind. They will be ready and you’ll be happy you went there.

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22 Comments on “Me & Irene”

  1. Blogdramedy says:

    Excellent PSA. We’ll get the tail end of Irene sometime around 2am Monday morning and we’re just hoping it doesn’t hit water again before it arrives. We were in Halifax when Juan hit with a Cat 2 and it was nasty. Our thoughts are with you all in NC today. Keep safe.

  2. xacrest says:

    Oma, I just got into Greensboro last weekend for my first degree course – it’s been pretty similar to Malaysian weather for the past few days but this hurricane thing is new to me, so I’m glad I’m situated inland. Good to know you’re doing okay. Take care.

  3. Lenore Diane says:

    I have several friends on the ‘coast’ of NYC. As the meteorologists have said – due to the amount of rain the NE has received this year, the ground is already saturated. Even winds of 30 – 70 mph could cause countless trees and power lines to topple.
    Good to hear you are well inland and safe. May the same be true for those on the east side of Irene.

  4. Snoring Dog Studio says:

    I’m relieved to hear you’re doing fine. Hoping for quieter moments for others and a swift recovery.

  5. Debbie says:

    Glad to hear you and yours are surviving — everybody acts like a “little wind and rain” is nothing, but I know a hurricane of that size isn’t something to play with. I have family along the Gulf Coast, and I’ve heard first-hand what Katrina did. Batten down the hatches!

  6. k8edid says:

    I am glad you are okay – and I second your motion to vacation in the Outer Banks. A truly beautiful spot…they will be ready, I’m sure.

  7. Katybeth says:

    Glad to here the weather is missing your region. . “When you start planning your vacation for next summer, keep them in mind. They will be ready and you’ll be happy you went there” How thoughtful and what a really nice idea.

    Have to wonder if God gave the devil a second chance and put in him charge of weather this year. Sheesh!

  8. sekanblogger says:

    Here’s hoping you and Irene don’t get to be intimate…..

  9. Pie says:

    Glad to hear you’re safe, Oma. I’m sure we’ll receive news here of the hurricane’s effect on the areas it will hit in a day or two. I only hope the damage is minimal.

  10. Queen says:

    my mama’s in durham; one of my best friends is in raleigh. they’re both OK. i think i’m gonna get more rain than they did here in northern virginia.

  11. Laura says:

    I’m glad you and your family are safe. I’m a little concerned that you didn’t mention The Jolie, though.

  12. Glad to hear you and Omawarison are okay…the worst of our weather (rain and a little bit of wind) will probably hit tomorrow afternoon and evening.

    Wendy

  13. Glad all is well. I was worried about you because I think the Jolie isn’t there to protect you?

  14. […] hope Irene has passed you and those you love with a minimum of damage and heartbreak. Oma over on Blurt suggested: “When you start planning your vacation for next summer, keep the Outer Banks of NC. in […]

  15. Greg says:

    I was in Charlotte last Tuesday and felt the quake in my hotel room on the 11th floor. It was up, down, up, down . . . Did you feel it?

  16. Betty says:

    Things are pretty bad here in southern CT. Almost everyone I know is without power. Fortunately, the Bubble came out better than most. The power lines are underground in our condo complex , so unless a transformer blows, we stay illuminated. As little as 1/4 mile away, however, trees have fallen on homes, across highways and side roads, and of course power lines. My parents live about 8 miles away, they lost power at 5:30am on Sunday and are not expected to get it back until Friday. Ditto for a friend just 2 miles away in the other direction. Needless to say, my freezer is now full from friiends trying to save the perishables. I’m also a popular destination for cell phone charging.

  17. planetross says:

    There just aren’t any hurricanes in Japan … typhoons, but no hurricanes.
    … and they are all numbered … kind of impersonal.
    I feel sorry for people affected by them though.


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