Daniel suggested I go to the ATM so that I have some cash, just in case, so now I’ve got a 20 dollar bill and a moderately heavy piggy bank. Pretty sure that’ll be enough to buy me a place on the ark or whatever.
NASA shot of Irene today, August 27
The GOES-13 satellite saw Hurricane Irene on August 27, 2011 at 10:10 a.m. EDT after it made landfall at 8 a.m. in Cape Lookout, North Carolina. Irene’s outer bands had already extended into New England. (Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project)
… and earlier this week in a shot showing the the storm in a full-earth view
Rull friggin’ big.
Went into the City this morning before the trains shut down to pick up a couple things (it was weird– a bizarro version of my normal morning: instead of Trader Joe’s & Starbucks, I went to Food Emporium & Dunkin’ Donuts). I think the weirdest part about this whole thing is just the waiting. The anticipation of the unknown. The hurricane isn’t even supposed to hit until tomorrow (night) but with no transit there’s nowhere to go. Outside the air is heavy and damp and hot and so going for a walk (where? somewhere) isn’t much of an option.
I’ve done my laundry, I’ve done the dishes, I’ve made up food that will last or at least stay stable for a while if the power goes out, I filled up a bunch of 1.5L Poland Springs bottles I found in the recycling and threw them in the freezer, just in case…
And now, I wait.
I’ve got a turbo red Eton Microlink FR160 radio tuned to WNYC that also has a flashlight, can charge my iPhone, and is powered by a crank. Do your worst, Irene. I got this.
*This example of Supreme Emergency Preparedness brought to you by my parents and what I’m 98% sure was a KQED pledge gift.