It’s looking like Earl might hit the east coast harder than any storm since Hurricane Bob (which I watched as a child way back in ’91 as it destroyed half the trees in my yard in Rhode Island). Evacuations have begun in Hatteras and Ocracoke already, and I heard earlier this evening that Bogue Banks (home to Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle, and within swimming distance of three bloggers from the SFS network) has also started evacuation, though I can’t seem to find any internet sources for that. Half of the Deep Sea News crew are also due to be inundated by this storm if it makes landfall. Suffice to say, all of us marine bio nerds hope everyone is being safe this weekend (which also begs the question: how the hell did so many of us end up in North Carolina?).
In other news, the Discovery Channel headquarters was invaded and held hostage by gunman who apparently has a history of protesting outside the building (all hostages seem to have gotten out unharmed, but the gunman himself was shot by police). PZ Myers has his entire rant-filled list of demands up, which just goes to show that there are extremists all over the environmental/political spectrum.