Waiting on a Hurricane

Being from Oklahoma, I am used to watching the weather and the current satellite imagery and paths of storms.  Thunderstorms and tornadoes are common.  As a native Oklahoman, I have been the idiot standing outside watching the sky while the sirens are going off. 

Now I live in South Carolina about 50-75 miles inland from the coast.  I have been watching Hurricane Irene imagery.  Reading information on what Hurricanes can do and have done.  It's like a train wreck, I can't stop watching.  On the other hand, watching the predictions is an agonizing process. 

The biggest difference is TIME.

Tornadoes spring up over the course of an evening in an area.  Warnings are in terms of minutes. Hurricanes develop over days.  Warnings start a week in advance.  Three days ago Hurricane Irene was modeled to be coming straight for us.  Now we may get rain on Saturday.

Check out the latest satellite animation from The Weather Channel at http://www.weather.com/maps/news/atlstorm9/spec_floater3_large_animated.html.  We are basically just north of the HA in Charleston.  We are praying for family and friends in the path of this storm.  Batten down the hatches and stay safe!

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