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Here comes Isabel!
Right now it is 19:50 EST here on the Potomac in Washington DC area. Rainfall has not been torrential as yet, more or less steady but coming in bands. Landfall was about 7 hours ago and she is moving about 25 miles per hour and should pass about 60 miles west of us.
Winds are about 30 MPH with gusts of 50-55 mph. Like the rain, it is coming in bands. Wind strength is expected to peak about 2AM tomorrow, 35-40 MPH, gusts may hit 65 mph according to NWS. This will probably correspond to when the "eye" of the storm passes west of us.
I heard reports of a water spout near Kent Island on the Chesapeake; moving at 75 mph. I hear such reports and get concerned about Jeff H. and others on the Bay. I pray all of our online neighbors in Isabel''s path are doing alright.
My boat is buttoned up fairly well in a protected marina on the Potomac. Mast is up but genoa and mainsl and boom have been removed; dock lines doubled, spring lines have chafe guards on them. The main concern we have here is a storm surge; those in nonfloating slips (tied up to pilings) have done well if they have weighted spring lines to keep their boat from thrashing in the slip with bow and stern lines loosened to accommodate the expected tidal surge. Those of us on floating docks are hoping the water will not go high enough to allow the docks to float away. Hopefully the wind will abate soon enough tomorrow for me to visit the marina as the water level rises to see how things are.
It is nice to have a home on solid ground to ride out the storm. So far our power remains on and our trees still stand.
Mariners everywhere, keep safe.