Of course, the whole east coast is getting ready for Irene to visit. We live quite a bit north of Cape Hatteras. The last time a hurricane was in this area was around WWII. The news media is going nuts. (I sometimes think they select which stories to follow based on how close to Doom's Day it brings us. The only good thing is that they will stop going on about the earthquake.)
Since, I work with computers I take a lot of this computer modeling with a little salt. (Remember Y2K.) I know we need to do some preparation -- it could as easily get worse as better. But we also shouldn't go crazy.
And I know it is going to hit some people. So, I have been praying for those along Irene's path. Safety, peace and grace.