Monday Open Line

We hope everyone is safe and not too much damage from the hurricane this weekend.  We fared quite well on Saturday, all morning our power was in and out, but when it was out it only lasted a few seconds.  The yard ended up covered with leaves and small branches, but other than that nothing to report.  Still, many lost power, our neighbor lost power for about 10 hours.  Reminder that out here in the country, neighbor means about a mile.  But regardless of reports that damage was less than expected due to possible media hype, as of this writing 18 people have lost their lives to Hurricane Irene.  Areas along the coast are experiencing the flooding that was promised, with Hatteras and Ocracoke islands have been cut off, stranding at least 2,500 people. Gov. Bev Perdue said that N.C. Highway 12, the only road linking the whole 200-mile chain of barrier islands, was breached at least once.  An estimated 4 million people lost power across the east coast, and may not have it restored for days.

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This weeks presidential weekly address: Coming Together to Remember. President Obama pays tribute to the first responders, those who have served, and those who lost their lives ten years ago in the September 11th attacks. Visit for ways to commemorate the solemn anniversary in your community.


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