questionsplease check in here as the storm passes you by…

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I even considered naming people that I was worried about, and then realized how very many there are. Stay safe, please, and let us over on the quiet coast know that you're all okay.

That means you too, sister. @LaVikinga, I know that the storm may have passed you by, but I still want to hear that you're okay.

I'll be following the storm coverage, but that doesn't tell much, especially not here, in my Fortress of Solitude.

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@shrdlu: Thanks for adding this question, I was thinking the same thing. Wooters are smarter than the average bear, and that is 9/10ths of staying safe. I hope everyone makes it through OK.

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lol, talk about a reputation builder...

From what I've read, the hurricane is already weakening tremendously.

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Rain just started coming down in the northeastern part of Maryland.

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@loubriccant: We started getting showers around 10:30 this morning... Actual rain should start here in a couple of hours...
Storm appears to be moving inland a bit as it crosses N.Carolina... It is predicted to stay a Cat 1 until it reaches central New England...

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@iggz: I asked that someone post the "check in" thread. @shrdlu was nice enough to do it HOURS later when no one else did. YOU could've done it, ya goof, so don't be throwing de rocks dere, mister.
Often flooding from the rain run-off & saturation AFTER the winds pass can cause a huge amount of destruction, so there is still a worry. Over soaked earth contributes to the toppling of trees almost as much as strong winds, especially the older, top heavy trees. Just a reminder when everyone is out cleaning up yard debris...pay attention to your surroundings. Stay away from leaning trees and like mentioned in the other thread, don't attempt to drive through deep puddles.

@shrdlu: We've had only brief sprinkles and the occasional gust of wind for the last few days. Other than that, nothing. We looked at insurance premiums & played the odds when we decided to homestead where we are. So far, we've been lucky.

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@lavikinga: iggz being iggz... On the good side, his is one more post toward getting this question on the popular page where it belongs...

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Eastern Shore of MD: Has been raining here light to heavy since very early morning. Property is already becoming slightly flooded. I have drained the pool 3 times, and did one final dump after we briefly lost power. Some people in surrounding areas have already lost power. Winds are beginning to pick up at this time. Local news is reporting 75-90mph winds tonight.

Luckily, over the last two years we have had at least 20 pines removed from the property. We have battened down the hatches pretty well and will hope for the best. Don't know how much longer our power will stay on.

I hope everyone else is doing well.

Sadly, NC reported it's first death (tree branch).

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I'm surprised this hasn't made it yet. Maybe this will help.

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@chris12345: Looks as if your comment pushed it to popular!

Speaking from North Florida, we're quite happy Irene missed us completely and wish well to the more northern East Coasters.

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If we have a tornado with this, then we'll have a weather trifecta on the week; earthquake, hurricane & tornado. Wait, was that a frog that just landed on my roof? :)

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Here in DC, the sky is falling. Rain up the wazoo and then up the next wazoo. I feel much safer looking at the TV screen than looking out the window.

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Greetings from the Left Coast, specifically the Pacific Northwest, where it rains buckets most of the year 'round - sometimes accompanied by high winds in the 50-60 mph range. We have flooding too, but not often all at the same time.

Here's hoping the East Coasters are all okay.

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@loubriccant: Landslide and fire would be great, too, along with sink holes & flood.

@gertiestn: Yeah, but watching the TV will get you hyped up too. I know what happens when Jim Vance and Ol' Topper Shutt get on the tube and announce snow in the forecast. The entire viewing area panics. MILK BREAD TOILET PAPER BEER! I remember the shopper's mantra from years ago. Can't imagine the hurricane hype doing anything but whipping the DC metro area into a frenzy.

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I'm safe here in Iowa. There were a few clouds today. I got worried.

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@coolphilip04: Were they the deceptive fluffy white clouds or the dark ominous looking clouds with lightening bolts coming out of them??

Lots of traffic in the city, don't know where they are all going...
Big Exodus from Cape Cod, they are planning to close the 2 bridges connecting the cape with the rest of the state... The MBTA (Mass Bay Transit Authority) has decided to close down all mass transit for the entire day Tomorrow (Sunday)...

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Rain continues to pound DC. Had a terrific treat a little while ago, though; realized I hadn't checked the mail today so went down to the lobby and found that the good fairies at Woot had managed to see that my three random shirts showed up today, when I needed something to lift my spirits. And I really scored! I like all three! Let it rain!

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Living here on the west coast I did not imagine this storm would have any affect on my life. But at the racetrack today I didn't see one of my favorite racetracks on simulcast...Monmouth was shut down because of the storm. Hope all is well for you folks out there!

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Can people please limit the chatter? Best wishes are appreciated... and sharing your pre-storm experience is good to read, but please lets limit the posts to your perspective 'as the storm passes you by'?

The thread is small now, but will grow. Best to make an effort to keep it organized so those of us worrying about the storms arrival can read your experienced insight.

If I recall correctly there is another popular storm thread. Lets chatter there and map it here. Ok?

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@gertiestn: Please drop another update when you read this. I'd like to know that your windows are intact and the house hasn't floated away.

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@gregorylikescheapstu: [shrug] I like the chatter, and I prefer to keep the news all in once place.

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eye just passed over, power sill on. the outer band has one more pass. 5+ inches of rain. new pool in my backyard.

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Storm has passed. No damage. Winds are down to 30mph. Minor debris is everywhere. Power went out 9 times but always returned (I am still amazed with this). I hope everyone else has fared well.

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Fun fun fun... Power went out about an hour or so ago... Heard from relatives in southern New Hampshire (1 1/2 hours north) that their power is out... I'm running on a laptop with battery backup hooked to the modem, router & switch...
Winds are getting stronger with Tree limbs and young trees getting knocked down... One house in the neighborhood is loosing it's aluminum siding....
Would be nice day to sleep, but I'll have to silence the battery backup alarms first... Later...

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@hobbitss: Hope your get power back soon. I talked to my sister in Connecticut and she has been w/o power since 6am.

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@hobbitss: Northern NH is rain, not much wind around here, a few gusts, but there have been a few trees knocked over.
Haven't lost power and there are a couple Hummingbirds visiting my feeder. Must be driven by hunger or just goofy to be out in this rain.

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Metro Boston area: Steady rain this morning, followed by a period of torrential downpour. Mostly dry but gusty since; more rain and high winds forecast through the evening as Irene passes over. Very quiet on my normally busy street; nobody is on the roads, including no public transit buses (the MBTA shut down all service today, including the subway system).

Middle of the state was hit harder, according to local news reports: trees and lines down, ~100K w/o power.

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@xdavex: I can also back you up on the hummingbird thing. The hummingbird feeder was the last thing we brought in because they were continually coming back as the storm approached. In fact, after I did take it down I was standing looking out in the sunroom and I saw a hummingbird looking for the feeder - it then came over to where I was standing and looked at me thru the glass like "come'on, what gives?" They have never done that before.

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Power still out.. The winds have died down some... Had to load a second laptop battery and swap the battery backup hooked to the modem, router & switch... The big Maples in my yard looked like the Womping Willow for a while, fortunately they are big and healthy...
Batteries are running down and it is time for an ice cream dinner...
Later...

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@mfladd: Except for a few silly humans they were the only creatures I saw out today. Aside, here is a shot of the elusive nocturnal ones. This was my back porch at my old place.

Quiet here now, the event is over. Rivers and steams flooding where they usually do, just more than normal. Didn't lose power.

@hobbitss:Hope you're back on grid soon, and anyone else who lost power.

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@xdavex: Great pic. The one thing I don't have to deal with where I am is Bears..oh my. The worst I have to deal with is black widows and copperheads. Luckily, they don't go after my hummingbird feeder.

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Storm just passed over my area near lake George . Power went out 3 times and came back, 4th time right now no power. Amazingly strOng winds considering I'm inland and I didn't think it came by hat close. Been hearing nothing but sirens all day. Hopefully everyone that all those emergency vehicles rushed to is ok. I also hope the power comes back soon. Back to reading odd Thomas by candlelight for me, phone is about out of juice.

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I have survived... :-) Back at work, still no power at home... Had Black-raspberry ice cream for dinner, it was getting soft but everything else was still frozen... Fridge was still cold this morning but if the power doesn't come on soon I will be throwing out a lot of food tomorrow... :-(
Commuter Traffic was light this morning... 650,000 homes without wake-up alarms this morning... My not-smart phone has an alarm... :-)

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@xdavex: Terrific photo! I clicked on the link expecting to see hummingbirds - what a surprise!

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@xdavex: LOL... That is the biggest Humming bird I ever saw!!!

Still no power at home, haven't even seen a service truck anywhere in town... Lots of people and places still without power...
Looks like I might be buying a generator tomorrow...
I will be cleaning out the freezer tomorrow if the power isn't on when I get home tonight... The fridge contents went this morning... :-(

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Power finally was restored this morning just short of 4 days... Have to throw out every thing in the freezer... Managed to save a few burgers by cooking them yesterday as the last items defrosted...
Local university had to take down the remains of a big old tree... I drove past the trunk sections (4+ feet in diameter) last night and went to take some photos this morning but they had already taken them away...

Lots of work to do now that I have electricity back...

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Power went out at 6:30pm on Sat. night, restored about 2 hours ago. All refrigerated and frozen food is long gone. We're safe, but I had a small to medium sized branch from across the street crash through a window in the living room. The scary part was that it happened during the height of the storm and the window is the top one. The living room has a vaulted ceiling and the top window is about 22 feet off the floor. I had to get the ladder from the garage, bring it into the house and use plastic and gorilla tape to seal the window as best as I could, all the while getting pelted in the face with rain and wind. I had to go up and patch my patch-job a couple of times, but it held pretty well.

Flooding was minimal here on the top of bay because the the winds were actually blowing the water south and into the lower bay and ocean. The biggest problem was downed trees. Our power-lines are underground, so we usually fair pretty well when it come to power loss. This time, not so much.

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. . .but then, the Zombies came. . .

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@loubriccant: I'm so very glad to hear from you. You were one of the outliers, and I was starting to get worried. I'm sorry about your window, and the food, and very relieved to hear that was the worst of it. Welcome back. :-D

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@loubriccant: glad to hear all is well from the storm. And more importantly that you survived the post-storm zombies. You have to let me know your weapon of choice. As for the power, I understand. I talked to my sister in CT and she told me she received a call from the power company yesterday telling her that she MIGHT have power by this weekend.

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@loubriccant: It's good that you're good. On the small plus side, long-term power outages mean daily BBQ(s) till the meats' gone. Good luck.

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@shrdlu: Thanks! Unfortunately, the storm related stuff did absolutely nothing for my recovery. I had a minor setback, but you should start seeing more of me around here over the next week or so.

@mfladd: Thanks! I hope your sister is okay! The Zombies did finally bite me. I was able to get away and bandaged the bite mark with bacon, so I should be fine. :) Oh yeah, my weapon of choice in this instance was the salt-shaker! Little known fact; if you are not a Zombie and you bite a Zombie, then they will become normal. They are rather bland though, so that's where the salt-shaker comes into play!

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@drunkcajun: Thanks! The last thing I need is to throw something on the grill. My poor grill rarely gets a break. Lately it's been Rotisserie Zombie and Zombie Kabobs!

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@loubriccant: Lubey, it is good to have you back. I am sorry to hear about the setback but am glad you are doing better. As for that Zombie bite, bacon is good but I would still put a liberal sprinkling of Old Bay on that wound for good measure! Yes, my sister finally had her power back last Sat! She said that electric crews in the state literally had police escorts on jobs because the populace was so upset. Anyhow, look forward to seeing you around.

p.s. you missed International Bacon Day on Sep 3rd. :)

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@mfladd: I forgot the Old Bay! I wonder if it's too late? No, how could it be?

We had a couple of crews from Indiana getting us back on line. No trouble with violence in our area, but many of us did try bribing them when we saw them working in other neighborhoods. Didn't work.

I did have a bacon, egg & cheese croissant on the 3rd, so at least I was in the spirit of International Bacon Day.

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@loubriccant: Ah, you are speaking of your physical recovery, then (it took me a couple of times reading through your statement). Still, I'm happy to see you.

Deals has been almost unbearable, with a loss of more than one-third the normal traffic. I've been voting up things I'd normally just ignore, just because I was happy to see them.

There are still a few folks that we haven't seen since the storms, but I hesitate to name them. Sometimes I'm like an old setting hen, and I know when there's chicks missing, even if I don't know which ones. :-{

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@shrdlu: Sorry I wasn't more clear. When the hurricane came, I just did a lot of physical thing I shouldn't have, but what was I supposed to do? I'll be okay with a little more time. The great thing about Maryland is that we have some of the best medical facilities in the world. Between Johns-Hopkins, the University of Maryland Medical Center and the little known (outside of Maryland) Greater Baltimore Medical Center, I'll be fine soon! If not, I'm leaving you all of my old books, movies and screaming monkeys! :)

I know what you mean about the "old setting hen". I hope everyone is okay.

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@shrdlu: I have also noticed a decrease but not as keenly as you I am sure. What do you think is behind the 1/3 less traffic on the site? It can't just be storm related.

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@mfladd: I'm just not sure. Deals has been horrible. Last weekend, the Fresh tab was down to four pages. The Fresh tab for questions still had five. That's just wrong, in so many ways. I don't believe it's just storm related, although Deals doesn't have the handy dandy maps that regular Woot does.

Look at the Lock&Lock deal posted a few days ago:

http://www.woot.com/Forums/ViewPost.aspx?PostID=4618199

The stats on that are almost even, across the board. You don't see a lot of activity from Mississippi or Nevada, but they're in such dire financial straights you wouldn't expect them to have a lot of money to spend.

Take a look at the Sewing Machine & Serger offer from last week (8/30):

http://www.woot.com/Forums/ViewPost.aspx?PostID=4613696

Man, UT, ID, and OR are lit like Vegas, with WA and WI right behind. The rest of the states are hit or miss, but you get the point.

Deals is beginning to be crowded with crap, mostly.