Readers from the eastern seaboard are reporting some of the goings-on as Hurricane Irene tracks toward them.
One reader wrote: I live in Maryland. We can count on getting hit with the remnants of a Hurricane about once a year or so. / I went to the grocery store this morning at 8 to pick up more canning lids and the store was already wiped out of water and toilet paper. The bread aisle was being restocked while I was there, as was the milk. / I was out and about again at noon, and the lines at the store were phenomenal. Cars parked over a mile away and people were hoofing it in to the grocery store. The parking lot was gridlocked. / We live far enough away from the shore that our biggest concern is a power outage. / I pray for the folks on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Lots of Low-Lying areas and high tide is scheduled to hit at the same time as the worst of the storm; Sat. at 5 p.m. The losses are going to be phenomenal. / Stay safe, everyone!
Another reader wrote: I live in Southeastern Virginia, and we'll be getting hit tomorrow sometime between 2:00p and 6:00p as near as we can tell. / As the previous posters mentioned, the stores are being stripped right now, and gasoline is getting more difficult to find. At lunch today I was out and about to: (1) pick up a few not really needed items, because I wanted to (2) get a sense of the level of desperation of the non-prepper population. The local BJ's Wholesale store had very little in the way of bread, batteries, bottled water, and whatnot left on the shelves. Also, their filling station ran out of regular gasoline and the manager said the trucks couldn't get down to our area because of the heavy evacuation traffic. All in all, though, everyone seemed to be keeping a level head. / But really, this week has been one for the record books. Tuesday we get an earthquake. Saturday we get a hurricane. I'm guessing that on Sunday, while we're still out of power, the locusts and frogs will hit.
Will other readers in the path of the hurricane check in and let us know what's going on? This way, too, we can be more specific in our prayers. Again, please stay safe folks...