Irene is approaching us. Satellite pic shows she made landfall around 8am on the Outer Banks, NC. Gusts there are up to 76 mph there, which is lower than predicted. We are having bands of wind and heavy rain but intermittently. High gust is 26 mph and still from the NE, with just over an inch of rain.
If the Sat image is right it looks like it is turning inland which would degrade the storm considerable. There is still a front just to the west of Irene which is moving slowly east. Not sure what that may do other than do some shearing of Irene.
On the up side we are really really ready. Beatice just finished making a big pot of Hurricane Butternut Soup, we have Italian bread and tomato salad. All the ingredients to ride out a storm.
More later is we still have internet and power. To get conditions in our yard go to http://www.wunderground.com/weatherstation/WXDailyHistory.asp?ID=KVAONLEY1 .
11AM discussion from the National Hurricane Center:
IRENE IS FORECAST TO GRADUALLY WEAKEN AS IT MOVES ALONG THE EAST COAST OF THE UNITED STATES DUE TO LAND INTERACTION...DRY AIR ENTRAINMENT...AND INCREASING SOUTHWESTERLY SHEAR. IF THE CENTER OF IRENE MOVES MORE OVER LAND THAN FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 12-24 HOURS...IT COULD BE SLIGHTLY WEAKER THAN PREDICTED. WHETHER IRENE IS A STRONG TROPICAL STORM OR HURRICANE OVER NEW ENGLAND WILL MAKE LITTLE DIFFERENCE IN THE EXPECTED IMPACTS OF DAMAGING WINDS...A DANGEROUS STORM SURGE...AND FLOODING RAINS.