In the past six years or so, those of us with Beach Cottages located on the Southeastern Coast of North Carolina have gotten a little complacent. We haven't been hit by a hurricane in years. Hurricane Irene, however, has gotten our attention.
When you live on the Southeastern Coast, in August and September every year you develop a heightened awareness of pools of disturbed weather that swarm off the West Coast of Africa and head West.
Sometimes they solidify into Tropical Storms and cross over the Windward Islands, the Dominican Republic and maybe Cuba - with The Weather Channel in hard, constant pursuit - reporting every waggle in full color.
|Jim Cantore and all the team at The Weather Channel become a part of your family and set up camp in your living room.|
NOAA's National Hurricane Center is bookmarked on your toolbar. Hours, sometimes days, are spent in front of the TV trying to determine whether you are in the Cone of Certainty.
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For a number of years now, somewhere around Day 3 the storm takes a hard right and loops back out into the Atlantic. This time, it doesn't look like that is going to happen:
As of right now, we are Dead Center in the Cone of Certainty.
Now Hurricane Irene Has Our Attention.
And we just Renovated the Beach Cottage.
I'm going to check on Jim and the team...I don't think they've had breakfast yet. And I have to stock in groceries and beer...and lots of wine. There's a check list around here somewhere...