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.
Here’s the evac notice for Bogue Banks: http://www.carolinalive.com/news/story.aspx?id=505649
Thanks. I knew I saw it somewhere.
what’s with this fear to forcast the worst information today? Why sugar coat everything, this is why no one is prepared for problems when they arise, because the Media won’t go ahead and say that the Hurricane is going to come on land and curve right over NC, VA, MD, DC etc… instead the track is softened to “hopefully” keep the storm off of the coast.They’ve miss predicted the storm the entire track why try to keep making best case scenario predictions… I hate Weathermen. Just make the track right and then everyone will be releaved when the Hurricane “DOESN’T” make landfall.