We interrupt our normally scheduled blog post to bring you this update:
Hurricane Irene has arrived in Wilmington.
Thankfully, she has weakened - noted evidence of answered prayer.
I last left my house around 4:00 pm today for a quick ride over to Wrightsville Beach in between squalls. I wanted to peak at the surf. They are not evacuating the barrier island this time, though they do have a curfew tonight.
The skies looked menacing and the surf was definitely kicking up. The pictures below don't do the sight justice. But they were the best I could get in the rain and wind gusts - the wind blew my tightly Velcro'd Nike visor off!
First, here's the status of bread in Wilmington grocery stores right now:
A favorite ocean-front restaurant all boarded up.
We passed some guys riding the wind on skateboards with umbrellas and bed sheets for sails. Yes, they were going the wrong way on a one-way street but Irene was only blowing one direction.
Some shots of the beach. It was hard to keep my lens dry. You can't see it but rain is falling.
This black dot is my visor that blew off while I was on the pier and landed by the dunes.
Rick went after my hat for me, proving chivalry is not dead. The wind is pelting him with rain drops and sand coming off the beach.
Here's the Intercoastal waterway, already looking pretty full. I wondered if it was high tide.
Here's the marsh that backs up to my neighborhood - it was also looking quite full at 5:oo pm.
The rain is picking up outside now and it's dark out. I understand half of Wrightsville Beach has already lost power tonight.
Hopefully we will sleep peacefully through much of the storm. I'm just happy I'm not sleeping there -this particular yacht decided to drop anchor in the middle of the waterway and ride out the storm there.
I'm normally all for southern hospitality but I'm hoping Irene doesn't overstay her welcome. And I sure hope she plays nice while here.
Praying for the Northeast!