As the 5 PM advisory comes in, it appears as though Irene is sacrificing power for girth - meaning staying at a Category 2 (the Outer Banks really needed that at least relatively good news), but about to spread some much needed rain further inward. But all eyes will be on those to our east, and all along the coast to the north. Having lived through Fran far inland, and still experienced the fury of nature through so many downed trees, any sort of storm of this magnitude is a serious matter. Get out of the way and stay safe, everyone.
I just did a reasonable picking of this and that tomatoes, and a pretty big harvest of beautiful sweet peppers. Anything that can blow away in the yard is secured. We are ready - although I will likely grind a batch of coffee tonight in case we lose power for any length of time (during Fran I ground the beans in a mortar and pestle!).