Sitting here in limbo… Waiting for Irene to come…
It’s been raining here in Amesbury, MA a few hours now, but the winds and heavy rain still has a few hundred miles to go before it hits us. I live in an old house on the Merrimack River, about 5 – 6 miles from the coast. We’re expecting to have surge floods here along with Tropical Storm strength winds and rain.
Scott Nance checked in with a post a little over an hour ago, he’s in the D.C. area riding out the storm. It’s going to be a long night for East Coasters, either in the midst of Irene right now or waiting for her to come.
Irene has been “weakened but unbowed” as she heads towards NYC, who expects the storm to hit around 2:00 am.
I’m not sure what to expect here, winds 58+ – 75+ mph, flooding in the Merrimack River, which is right across the street from the house I live in (the house in up on a little knoll), possible power outages, the Hurricane Irene gamut. Expect the worst, hope for the best.
The mayor of New Bedford, MA is now calling for evacuations and the MBTA will be suspending service as of 8:00 am tomorrow morning. I’ll keep this post as an open post with updates as I can. Stay safe readers on the East Coast.