Hurricane Irene Due Here in 20 Hours [Updated]

We expect heavy rain and high winds from Hurricane Irene.

Posted: Aug 26, 2011 12:28 pm

As if having an earthquake isn’t enough, here comes our usual late summer disaster, a hurricane. Hurricane Irene has churned through the Caribbean and the Bahamas, and is now beating its way up the east coast of the US. She (?) is due to pass off the coast of Virginia on Saturday evening, about 8PM. Before then, we are expecting steady 40 mph winds, big gusts, and heavy rain, even this far inland. I’ll post additional reports below.

We can smell the Dismal Swamp fires again this morning, as Irene has blown that smoke north to us.

Here is a map of Irene’s predicted track, from 11AM our time.

Posted: Fri. Aug 26, 2011 4:45 pm

Evacuating east coast vacationers are clogging the highways, many taking 64 West out of Hampton Roads. It is bumper-to-bumper in many areas.

The Governor is sounding the alarm: “For most it will be the most significant weather event for their lifetime… It’s a dangerous storm,” McDonnell said. “Possible mass casualty situations will have to be dealt with…”

Let’s hope not!

Below is the Tracking Map from 2PM our time and recent satellite image. Irene is getting closer! We are still waiting for the storm to turn east, but she keeps creeping westward.

Posted: Sat. Aug 27, 2011 7:30 am

Irene has finally made its turn to the east, and will stay off Virginia’s coast. The eye will pass over the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and may catch part of Virginia Beach, but Irene will not track far inland.

Hanover county has Tropical Storm warnings and Flash Flood warnings from the Weather Service. The first light rains began falling here about 6:30 am.

Presently, it’s 75° F, a light rain is falling, there is a slight breeze.

Posted: Sat. Aug 27, 2011 11:15 am

Irene makes landfall in North Carolina. She continues to go west of the predicted track.
Presently, it’s 74° F, a steady rain is falling, and there is a breeze, with gusts.

Posted: Thursday Sept. 1, 2011 3:00 pm

We lost electricity Saturday at 4:30pm, and have just got it back, 4 days and 21 hours later. Ugh. More on this unfun five days will follow.

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