Don’t stick around for the view of Irene, folks.
The category 3, rapidly working on a 4, hurricane is gaining strength as she heads for the eastern seaboard of the United States, looking like she will make landfall by Friday.
Residents in coastal cities and towns are scrambling to protect their assets from the storm–some plan to ride it out, while others are already planning their evacuation. The projected path of the hurricane is painted as a parallel with the east coast, meaning it could wreak havoc on the Northeast, after hammering Miami, Jacksonville, Savannah, Wilimington, the OBX, D.C., Baltimore…the list goes on. Yesterday’s earthquake was nothing more than a natural disaster tease compared to the blow that Irene could deliver.
The extreme weather patterns of the past several years, putting millions face to face with extremely strong and frequent storms that have given way to devastating hurricanes and tornadoes, have hopefully reached their peak. Hopefully.
That having been said, the earth’s underfoot movement has been extreme as well over the past 5 years. All the major subduction zones within the Pacific Ring of Fire have given way to a monster quake–well, all except Juan de Fuca along the coast of the Pacific Northwest. The strange earthquakes centered in Virginia and in Colorado over the past 48 hours are additional head scratchers. Yep. There was significant geological activity in CA yesterday, too…but you can’t count that as strange.
And what was the general scientific consensus as to why all those birds and fish were dying this winter? We never really got an explanation for that, did we? Huh.
Add to it all FEMA’s fresh and concentrated ad campaign about preparation for a variety of natural disasters, and it seems that the powers that be are basically suggesting to lace ‘em up tight, because we may be in for it for awhile longer.
On that note, the chocolate chip cookie sitting on my desk is looking lonely. Gonna spend some time with it now.