Hurricane Irene is now located off the coast of North Carolina and is a Category 2 storm with sustained winds of 100 mph. It is forecasted to follow the coast northward where they are expecting it to weaken somewhat before it hits landfall in Connecticut and proceeds into Massachusetts.
They expect the eye of the hurricane to pass through western Massachusetts although computer models are projecting a variety of different scenarios. At this point, since we are in northeast Massachusetts, it looks as if we can expect more wind than rain but it seems to be changing continually. Wind gusts expected in the 70 mph range. We should know more about the path through Massachusetts by tomorrow.
Our local supermarkets and hardware stores have empty shelves as all residents here are taking this storm very seriously. Neighbors have begun to board up coastal homes and bring in outdoor furniture.
We have flashlights, bottled water, nonperishable food, a generator filled with gasoline, cell phones charged up, perscriptions filled, extra cash in case atm's are out for a while, and lots of books and games for entertainment.
The storm should be here in our neck of the woods by Sunday.
We are ready to hunker down and ride this one out.
I'll keep you all posted...unless of course we loose power.