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Irene makes landfall in North Carolina

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Final prep going on here - Monroe, CT

Cloudy - No rain or wind yet.

No service tomorrow.

Rev. Kurt Huber
St. Peters, Monroe, CT

I'm in Norwalk, CT, on Long Island Sound. Grace Church was flooded out in the 1954 hurricane, when it was located on the Norwalk River. We relocated further away but who knows - it's still only a few blocks away. We in town have not been ordered to evacuate.

Preparations have gone as far as they can. Cloudy. Occasional drizzle. No wind yet. It feels strange - disorienting - like I can't tell what day it is since life does not seem to be carrying on in the neighborhood the way it usually does on a Saturday.

Service cancelled for tomorrow. Elderly all checked up on. Keeping iPhone charged. Sent the bulletin - always full text English and Spanish side by side, with readings - to those who have email. Have already planned a post hurricane Service of Thanksgiving, bilingual, with my Hispanic Missioner counterpart for Thursday evening at 7.

The porch rockers have been lashed to the railings, the hatches battened down next door at the church, and now we wait.

As Old North's steeple famously came down during Hurricane Carol in 1954, we have spent more time dealing with reporters who can't get their facts straight. Sigh!

Steve Ayres

From the LA TIMES:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/nationnow/2011/08/hurricane-irene-boston-braces-for-a-pounding.html

At Old North Church in Boston, officials decided early to take no chances. The church, open daily this time of year, will be closed Sunday as a precaution.

The historic site, where the church sextant hung two lanterns on the signal of Paul Revere in 1775 to warn rebels that the British were coming by sea, has twice lost its distinctive steeple. The steeple fell during an 1804 storm and again when Hurricane Carol hit in 1954.

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