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As Hurricane Irene turns her pretty little face in my direction (Charleston, SC) I have to admit – I’m a little excited. I’ve never been in a hurricane before. They promised us one a couple years ago named Emily or Ella, or something else girly that started with “E” but she petered out before she reached us, and it barely even rained. And several years ago we had some rain bands that closed the bridges (there are a lot of bridges here). But I’ve never been here for a direct hit. From what I heard of Hugo and Floyd I don’t want to be.
Seriously, people in this city tell time by Hugo. When we were house shopping one of the most common things we heard was “oh the house was built just before/after Hugo” (my house, for instance, was built in the Year Of Hugo) or “we replaced the roof after Hugo”. When you ask someone when something happened first they think of Hugo, what year that was, and then subtract or add from that: “oh, I’d say about ten years after Hugo… 1999”. There’s even a restaurant called “The Wreck” that was built over a boat thrown ashore during Hugo (and has really good fried seafood and hush puppies).
I do not want to live through a Hugo-type hurricane. But a small one? One that knocks the power out for a few hours and sounds like death and hell coming down a rollercoaster straight at my house? That might be a little exciting (I like rollercoasters).
In all likelihood Irene will turn north and hit the Outer Banks, cause that’s what most hurricanes do around here. But if she wants to send a few rain bands my way and cancel work on Friday, I wouldn’t mind so much.
Are you in Irene’s path? Are you worried? Have you lived through a hurricane before? I’m kind of curious what it’s like.