By Lars Dalseide | August 28 2011 08:43

Hurricane Irene hits in the Mason Neck area of Lorton, VirginiaLorton, Virginia - I write this around five in the afternoon on Saturday as Hurricane Irene makes her way up the East Coast. Between the reports of evacuations from sections of New York City and closures of Interstate Highways throughout Virginia, most of us have stocked up on supplies and battened down the hatches.

Local news is broadcasting from the Outer Banks, Old Town Alexandria and points north to gauge the storms progression. The primary concern for most is how long will the power hold. A neighbor with a monster gas powered generator is more worried about his satellite tv reception, but he's the exception and not the rule. Especially when you consider that power outages have already reached the 1,500,000 East Coast households mark.

Whether Hurricane Irene has already passed you by or is knocking on your front door, stay safe and stay inside. You'll see plenty once the winds have gone.

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