Hurricane Irene made landfall on the North Carolina coast this morning as a category 1 storm. According to the Wilmington, NC Star News, "Tens of thousands are without power and parts of at least several roads are impassable due to downed trees and power lines. Early reports also show some beach erosion and minor damage to structures in some areas." There are also reports of tornadoes. This is all very serious, but "some beach erosion and minor damage to structures in some areas" sounds like Irene isn't living up to the hype of the 24-hour disaster porn news channels. The Outer Banks have faced much worse than this. Hopefully, Irene will continue to weaken as it moves up the coast towards LC readers and friends Ron, Mark, Doug, Ray, Junior, and everyone else in it's path. Stay safe guys.