After spending much of the summer preparing for tomorrow's Pigtown Festival, it looks like it's going to be a wash-out. The forecast here in Baltimore is calling for 3-5 inches of rain and 40 mph winds throughout the day, and power outages all around. At lunch today, I saw trucks from the local gas & electric company driving around.
The skies are begining to cloud and there's been a steady breeze all day today. You can see on the image above from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), that the clouds are over Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay. Hanna's a huge storm, with high winds expected as far out as 300 miles from the eye.
I've been through more hurricanes than I can count, here on the Chesapeake Bay and along the Atlantic Coast. They all have names that resonate with people here - Isabel, which put several feet of water into downtown Baltimore and our architectural salvage warehouse; Hurricane David, which I remember because I was at the beach by myself and Agnes, a rare early June storm which made entire towns along the Patapsco River disappear.
Hanna's being closely followed by Ike, which will probably ruin the cocktail party we're having at work on our porch on Tuesday.