9 a.m., Sunday August 28. - Here comes the sun....
Irene is headed up the coast.
Here at the MIM Headquarters, the rain kicked up after going to bed. I could hear the wind get stonger and bounce against the window. I did wake up at 4 a.m. and walked around the house and look out the window. We still had power, and never lost it during the night.
The rain appears to have stopped now. Some small branches and leaves are down in the neighborhood, but nothing substantial.
Looking out my back window.
Here's a time lapse video from the Washington ComPost, showing Irene coming through DC yesterday.
10:20 p.m. - I'm going to head to bed for some rest. Rain has been off and on, winds are mostly gusting instead of sustained winds. What we've had, where I'm located, is no where near what I've been through with Hurricanes Allen or Gilbert.
A quick check at Dulles shows some flights have landed, most airlines have cancelled flights, though the airport says it's still operating.
Good night for now, more tomorrow.
8:30 p.m. - Starting to get a little more rain, as some of the bands get closer to Western Fairfax County.
The eye of Irene is off the Virginia Beach / Norfolk / Hampton Roads area.
Washington Dulles airport still has some flights arriving and leaving.
6:38 p.m. - We've had morons use the glo-BULL warming excuse for Irene (obviously, no one has told these people hurricanes have existed before there were SUVs), but now ass kissing worship of The Anointed One from partisan liberal Maryland Governor, Martin O'Malley, according to Newsbusters.
Keep in mind O'Malley is such a zombie drone liberal he compared Bush budget cuts to 9/11, and recently claimed the GOP was intentionally trying to harm the economy so Obama would lose in 2012.
5:42 p.m. - David Hauptmann sent this photo on Twitter of a strong band of storms through Arlington, VA. Here in Western Fairfax County, occasional wind gusts, but no strong rain, wind yet.
1:45 p.m. - Place this under the category of Too Much Alcohol during a hurricane turns people into Dumbasses. Bathing suit clad men in Virginia Beach went past a Weather Channel reporter and camera crew, with a full frontal streak on camera (h/t Kerry Picket via Twitter). Video via JammieWearingFool (VIEWER WARNING - full nudity @ 20 seconds).
UPDATE 11:05 A.M. - Irene is headed our way, with the outer bands near the DC Metro Area.
What it looks like just a few minutes ago in my neighborhood in Northern Virginia.
UPDATE 10:12 a.m. - First rain / winds should be in the DC area after 11 a.m., and in afternoon.
Storm surge from North Carolina, via brianstelter on Twitter.
UPDATE: 8:20 A.M. - Looks like the first landfall was made in North Carolina.
This is what the weather radar, via Weather.com looks like as of 6:45 this morning here on the East Coast.
The storm is currently a Category 1 hurricane, but still has powerful winds that can cause damage.
Up here in the Northern Virginia / Washington DC Metro area, we're under a tropical storm warning and a flash flood watch.
I'll post updates when I can, until this is over or if the power goes out (always a possibility).