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Irene Comes Calling

It’s been raining steadily for 6 hours now. Sometimes we get a surging downpour that lasts a few minutes, but most of the time it’s just a steady rain. Nothing biblical at this point. I did the far away half of my Sunday cleaning job this afternoon. If I get to the local part tomorrow, fine. If not, fine.

It’s amazingly quiet outside. It kind of reminds me of 9/12/01 when there was no air traffic, except this is even more than that. There is no road traffic. We live a few hundred yards from one of the three great trans-NJ highways; NJ is the pass through state, with hundreds of thousands of folks driving through the state every day from PA to NY. Or at least east to west and west to east across the state. So if I go outside I can always hear the highway, any hour of the day or night, no matter what. But not now.

The talking heads and the Powers That Be have been on the TV and on the radio constantly for the past two days. Our Governor, Chris Christie, noted for his sharp remarks, has infamously outdone himself this time: “You’ve maximized your tan, now get the hell off the beach!” No BS from the big guy. Love him. And I guess everyone finally listened. Down at the south end of the state just about the entire Cape May County has been evacuated. The whole county. 800,000 people. Beats me where they’re going, or staying. But the whole coast is shut down, boarded up, and emptied. They are not alone. I saw several local businesses with their windows boarded up, and most of the rest of them closed early. Get out, go home. I heard this afternoon that there were several small armies of cherry picker trucks and wood chipper rigs heading into the state from points west, and marshaling just inside the border. Getting ready.

The quiet outside is really amazing. The whole state is hunkered down, waiting. The breezes are picking up now. I’m listening to the leaves rattle on the trees. It’s far more than a sussuration, but no branches or twigs are flying around yet.

And “outside, a wind was rising”.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/28/2011 at 01:11 AM   
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