Woke up around 0600 to a beautiful red sky, but you know the saying “Red
sky in the morning Sailors/Shepherds warning” depending whether you are a land
lubber or a sailor. I was going to take some piccies, but within a few minutes,
it had gone and we were left with a grey sky, misty fog, high humidity and no
wind, with pressure at 1013mb.
We did a few maintenance jobs, cleaned the raw water strainers on the
freezer, engine and generator and then went ashore for the most fabulous lunch
at Ship n Shore. We watched in the marina as boaters prepared their lines and
fenders, taking up the few safe places remaining, and set off in the tender
getting back around 1500ET as the rain started. Now at 1600ET it has really
started raining, the visibility is closing down, we can hear the thunder, the
wind is getting up and the pressure is dropping.
Things didn’t seem too bad for a while, now it’s just gone midnight and I
have been on deck to stop a few things pinging and rattling, the wind is over
30kts, the pressure is still up at 1003mb and Irene is not supposed to arrive
until 1400ET, some 14 hours away from New York, which I can confirm on my GRIB
files. The pressure in the eye has been measured as low as 950mb, so we have
along way to go and it could get bumpy – I have now set the Wind Alarm to 50kts
to stop it going off.
Twitter Update from CCN Hurricane Watch
@cnnbrk Authorities close Port of New York and Port for Long Island Sound
late Saturday as #Irene closes in.
Ocean City, Maryland, received 8
inches of rainfall by early Sunday and was experiencing minor flooding.
@cnnbrk Officials in Maryland warn of potential failure of St. Mary's Lake
Dam due to heavy rains from #Hurricane #Irene
Sat here in my life jacket and just checked the track and it is at 37N
about 5 degrees south of us, so around 300 miles travelling NNE at 16 mph, so
around 1800ET before it comes up the river after us