So we went to bed around 4:00 a.m. and got up about 45 minutes ago. I, of course, as the dedicated reporter I am, walked all the way outside (after having my first coffee), and ventured all of 100 yards from my front door. The things I do for you.
As near as I can tell, we're in the eye of what's left of Irene. It's been downgraded to a Tropical Storm with 60 mph winds. The news guys are out desperately looking for flooding over their ankles. (OK, I did just see a shot from somewhere out on Long Island with a largish boat floating down a street near a church.)
Here? Not so much.
However, there is one bit of devastation I must report to you. Y'know that picture I've been using for a while now for my banner? Here, I'll put it up again, so it stays on this post after the banner changes eventually.
As you may have noted in the first of those two pictures, the front door of the church is wide open. Come back a little later for some interior shots. I risked my life for you people!
Update 11:00 a.m. Argggghhhhh! THE SUN IS OUT! IT BURNS! IT BURNS, MY PRECIOUS!
(Actually, it's kinda nice to see, but how fun is that to say?)
Update 11:12 a.m. We pause now for a brief impression of Hurricane Irene (disguised as a knight on a castle wall).
Apropos of nothing, here's the inside of that church. There were about 10 people wandering around taking pictures.