Saturday, August 27, 2011

We Have Angered Mother Nature...

...and this woman is serious.

Earlier in the week, the East Coast was hit by the most powerful earthquake in 67 years, with a 5.8 magnitude quake epicentered in Mineral, VA, near Richmond. Apart from some historical buildings—including the Washington Monument, Smithsonian Castle and the Washington National Cathedral—sustaining damage, the area was left mostly unharmed, although shaken.

And now, up the coast, comes Hurricane Irene. The storm, which was once as strong as a Category 3 hurricane, has hit Puerto Rico and the Bahamas, and as of this post, is battering North Carolina's Outer Banks and the Virginia Beach area. It's expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds to the DC area, and hit the New Jersey/New York area a bit harder.

As with any storm, the media is going crazy. I'll admit I don't quite understand what value having news reporters being interviewed as they're nearly blown off their feet by storm winds and pelted by heavy rain, but we've already seen plenty of that. And of course, as early as Thursday night, you could barely find bottled water and there was nary a "D" battery in sight.

It's my hope that the amount of media hype will be inversely proportional to the storm's actual effect, and I'm hoping we might be able to withstand losing power. But we have bottled water and peanut butter and an emergency stash of peanut M&M's, so we'll be ok.

Be safe everyone.

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