Monthly Archives: September 2010

Here Comes Earl

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Riley’s school dismissed at 1:00 p.m. today ahead of Earl and is on a three-hour delay for Friday. It’s been overcast here all day–increasing clouds and wind as the afternoon progressed. Late this evening, I was amazed to stand outside and watch the clouds above swirl and move almost like I was watching someone hit the “fast-forward” button in the sky.

Here’s a radar image I just captured–the red dot marks our spot–and we’re right in the middle of the action right now.

One of our usual beach spots, Atlantic Beach, is getting hit with the wind and 12- to 14-foot waves. They are also starting to see the pier deteriorate. A couple of the pylons are coming loose and the whole thing may be gone by morning.

As of now (9:45 p.m.) the wind is really roaring and the rain has started in earnest. Thankfully, Earl has now been downgraded to a Category 2 with winds at 110 mph. The experts say that the worst will start to hit us around 2:00 a.m., but the worst will be over Friday morning.

We’ve “battened down the hatches” and prepared the best we can. I think we’ll be just fine!

His Name is Earl and Missing My "Zzzz"

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Okay, I’ve found the first disadvantage of living so close to the coast–his name is Earl and he’s projected to possibly hit very close to us. We are currently under a hurricane watch and they’ve issued a mandatory evacuation for Okracoke. Yikes!

I’ll be watching the weather very closely during the next 36 to 48 hours. At the moment, the weather folks are saying things could start to get rough late Thursday into Friday morning.

In other (boring) news, I discovered today the possible reason for my failing memory, fatigue, general confusion and terrible headaches. My doctor thinks I may be suffering from sleep apnea. He’s sending me to a pulmonologist and I will more than likely have to take part in a sleep study. Wonderful.

Oh, and I’ve completed my UT pedicure–it’s officially the start of college football season! I can’t wait!!