It's expected to be a whopper! NYC's first major hurricane since 1985's Gloria. I remember that one! We had just moved into the neighborhood and the storm knocked all the beautiful weeping willows down all over the place. But man did we have fun in the days after! Every neighborhood kid came to our co-op backyards to play hide and seek and to climb through the weeping willow 'monkey bars'. I vaguely remember my mom ranting about watching out for bugs.
Hurricane Irene is set to make landfall here by tomorrow evening and into Sunday. So I will certainly be offline for at least 24 hours. Please be safe and secure all my East Coast Voyagers! Hopefully the storm will weaken enough that it will do minimal damage and flooding. But NYC is wisely taking every major precaution it can, evacuating low-lying areas and hospitals and in an unprecedented move for the history of NYC, shutting down all mass-transit and bridges by 12 noon today. Looks like I'll be trapped at home, but that's probably the safest place I could be. I'm just not gonna stay near any windows. We have trees smashing down around here even in small thunderstorms.
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