In a few days, probably Saturday afternoon in to early Sunday morning, we are going to get battered by high winds and lots of rain. We could use the rain, but we'd prefer it to be a little more spread out.
Forecasters, who are often wrong, are predicting Irene to be a Cat 4 storm by the time it makes landfall. That's a bad storm. In the past 15 years, we've had our share of storms, mostly strong Cat 2's and weak Cat 3's. Floyd, who did billions in damage and killed several people, was a Cat 4 until just before making landfall, when it dwindled down to a strong Cat 2 as it came in. Floyd was a bad storm.
Right now, forecasters have the center of the "cone of uncertainty" slightly offshore as it passes Cape Hatteras. That would be good, as that would keep the worst quarter of the storm, the northeast quarter, away from us. If the storm tracks to the far west of the "cone of uncertainty" that's bad. That puts the northeast quarter of the storm in my yard.
I sure hope the weather guessers get it right.