In the cone of uncertainty about Earl
Here in Washington DC, there has been little talk about Hurricane Earl. It was a hot evening last night and the restaurants were bustling and people were out in large numbers. This morning, the temperature is pleasant and there is a light breeze. Looks like another sunny day.
Yet, when I check the weather, all channels are talking about the surf being up at Cape Hatteras in the Carolinas. The question is will Earl come westward to the Eastern Shore before shooting North to New York and Boston?
What they don’t say is that Washington DC, Baltimore, and Philadelphia lie in between. A few years back, a hurricane swept through the DC area. It was around for a long day before departing. In its wake we were left without power, trees were down disrupting traffic flow, and my mother-in-law was stuck with me on the tenth floor.
Just a little shift to the coast and Friday night and Saturday morning will be a big storm. I am moving my 30 flower pots from the balcony soon if the reports indicate that it is coming. I put the pots in front of the fireplace on plastic, the plastic sheets left over from when Homeland Security made us all buy duck (duct) tape and plastic.
There are a host of insects living in those pots. If they stay inside too long, they begin to creep out to see what is going on. I really need a hard rain and a blow to clean off the balcony.
“Some Hunker Down, Some Flee as Earl Approaches
Published September 02, 2010
A Sept. 1 satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Earl, a Category 3 hurricane, moving westward toward the North Carolina coast.
, N.C. -- Hurricane Earl was barreling toward the Eastern Seaboard on Thursday with winds swirling at around 145 mph and forecasters were trying to pinpoint exactly how close the strongest winds and heaviest surge would get to North Carolina's fragile chain of barrier islands.
They also were trying to figure out whether the storm would stay off the Northeast coast or bring hurricane-force winds to Long Island, the Boston metropolitan area and Cape Cod.
Tourists were largely gone from North Carolina's Outer Banks, but those resolute residents who stayed behind said they were prepared to face down the powerful hurricane.
"There is still concern that this track, the core of the storm, could shift a little farther to the west and have a very significant impact on the immediate coastline. Our present track keeps it off shore, but you never know," National Hurricane Center spokesman Dennis Feltgen said.”