It might have been Tuesday, or even Wednesday, when I was looking at a spaghetti map of the Irene forecasts. All of them had the storm going east of the coast; one had it make a little jog and up the Chesapeake Bay
. So sure were a few of the going east forecast
that one tv weather
prognosticator said Irene was so far east we would have a fine and sunny weekend. Nah.
I am a bit tired right now. I just spent the entire day at an American Red Cross shelter for those displaced by the earthquake. Quite a few people with a very unusual East Coast
story to tell.
I am a volunteer for the American Red Cross.
While we were doing shelter world Irene changed from an easterly direction to a "Up yours - Chesapeake Bay
Tidal". Right now, 2208 EDT, people are working on the logistics of opening shelters house and care for tens of thousands of people who could be displaced by Irene.
I volunteered for and expect to put in 12 to 16 hour shifts this weekend helping people displaced by the storm. This is what we do as Disaster Services volunteers. I have worked on many hurricanes, my first was Katrina, I know what can and possibly will happen this weekend. Yet I and all the others hope it will not.
If you are in the area and end up in a shelter ask if there is a Pam from Prince George's there. Also post a note on the bulletin board (if there is one) that you are on CF. I am sure you will not be alone.
I get some sleep tonight, I have to work tomorrow, then some sleep tomorrow night. After that? I will be a bit tired, but happy I can help people make it through their most terrible night.