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!

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