Talk about a strange week!
First on Monday last, We had an Earthquake hit the region about 1330.The center of the quake was many miles to the north west of us and there was not any damage here in the locale area. Just some shaking.
Now the smoke on the other hand! Abut 5 weeks ago during a thunder storm, A fire was started by lighting strike in "The Great Dismal Swamp" about 45 miles from the Homestead. And over the next week it grew to over 6,000 acres! The 160 fire fighters that have been fighting this thing have been able to contain this thing, BUT it mostly involves a Peat Bog and is producing large amounts of smoke! So much so that now everything smells of smoke. Depending on the direction of the wind, It has been so bad at times that the State Patrol has closed some of the roadways until the winds shift and the smoke moves to anther area!
And now for Irene!
It is 1230 Friday afternoon and the leading edge of the storm is already producing rain. It comes in bands and is quite heavy at times. The predictions is that we could receive 6" - 10" by the time the storm moves off to the north. This in one way could be a good thing. If we get enough rain and it can penetrate the peat bog and get at the fire, it may be able to put this thing out!
Boy I hope so!!
I will be back after the storm is over!