Last year it was Hurricane Earl.
This year it’s Irene (so far) but it’s still a gorgeous day on the coast of Maine, the calm before the storm. Light fog this morning from the tropical moisture starting to show up, but sunny overhead and no wind yet.
Tomorrow not so gorgeous. Irene is expected to pass inland and pound us with southerly winds and rain. I and other fishermen have been bringing in lobster traps from exposed areas; boatyards are busy; trailers and cradles have come up the ramp dripping with boats. A lot of summer people have left the island a day or two early to get back to school or work, and all of this has forced an end to the summer.
On a more positive note:
Prayers and blessings go out to Sarah and Che, getting married this afternoon. They timed it just right, as it should still be dry and sunny in eastern Maine. Jeri is headed that way now to play flute at the wedding, and she may get stuck on the mainland an extra night if I decide it’s best not to pick her up in the Hope tomorrow morning. But the storm is expected more for tomorrow night and Monday.
We’re never “stuck” on the island during a storm; it’s the mainland where we sometimes get stuck. It’s all a matter of right perspective.
For some pre-hurricane entertainment, here is Eric Clapton in 1982 singing “Good Night Irene”, the tune made popular by The Weavers.
Apologies for flashbacks to the ’80s and for the Lawrence Welk nature of it. But it’s still Clapton. Bizarre things happen during hurricanes.