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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season

Image courtesy NOAA

Squalls out on the Gulfstream,
Big storms coming soon.
I passed out in my hammock,
God, I slept way past noon.
--Jimmy Buffett

This Sunday is scheduled to be the Annapolis Ten Mile Run, one of my very favorite races that goes right through my hometown.  I love this race, and this year is supposed to be the sixth time that I've run it!  Well, that is all up in the air now.  Hurricane Irene is on its way up the coast and while the race is supposed to start at 7:45am on Sunday, Irene is currently tracking to be less than a mile off of the coast of Ocean City, Maryland at about  noon on Sunday, when it will be a Category 2 Hurricane with ~100mph winds.  The Annapolis Striders, who put on the race, at first put a ridiculous note on their website that the race would go on, no matter what, rain or shine.

Well, I'm from Annapolis.  I know that even in a light rain, the dock area floods.  The race course goes straight through the Annapolis dock.   Despite how positive the Striders wanted to be at first, I think that if we truly have a hurricane coming, the dock will either be closed or flooded, or both.

The Annapolis City Dock after Hurricane Isabel, 2004
Image Courtesy of The Capital
I've been watching the storm track and updates for a couple of days now.  A wonderful website for this is, which I usually watch all summer long to hear about what destruction is going on in various Caribbean places where I typically travel.  Right now, they have some pretty excellent Hurricane Irene resources, including a "Closest Point" tool, which shows you how close the storm will get to some coordinates based on the current models.  This is where I saw that the storm is going to pass .9 miles away from Ocean City.

I mean, it could be that this storm isn't a big deal, but as time passes, it is looking more and more like this is going to be a major event.  Todd and I have started making preparations, and it sounds like we might need to drive to Ocean City to board up my mom's condo.  I have serious doubts that this race is going to happen, which is a HUGE BUMMER.  However, now that I've decided that the race probably isn't going to happen, I've started making hurricane preparations.

[Obligatory side track because I have ADD] Did I mention we had an earthquake earlier this week??  I never even got to blog about that one because it's a release week at work and I'm super-busy those weeks.  I'll side track and say that yes, everything was fine in my area and that earthquake was stronger than the one we felt in Indonesia.  I was in a downstairs office doing a demo, and when it started I was convinced that it was our newly constructed second floor (that we only moved into last week) collapsing.  Then, we figured out what happened.  Anyway, this particular earthquake was a LOT more scary than the Indonesia one, where Todd and I didn't even lift our heads off of our pillows.

Hurricanes, earthquakes...  What's going on around here?

I'll leave you with a little Jimmy Buffett...  Stay safe out there.

[UPDATE: The race was officially canceled.  :( ]


Kandi said...

I was supposed to be visiting my brother on the eastern shore in VA tomorrow but we aren't going now. In fact, he might be evacuating and going to visit my parents instead.
I also heard that the wildwood, NJ half marathon was canceled. I had a few friends signed up for that race.

Black Knight said...

I am following the situation in USA, I see that now Irene has left N.Y. I hope you are safe. All the best.

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