Johnie, wdwgrandma & uscwest and anyone else on the Eastern seaboard.....stay safe this weekend with Irene heading your way. Us here on the Florida Gulf coast will feel minimal effects (rain..some wind) of the storm if it stays on this course.

Make sure you stock up on batteries, non perishable food, water (1 gallon per person per day), radio, etc. Make sure your cell phones are fully charged, that you have full gas tanks in your car, that you have cash on hand and full propane tanks for your grille if you have one.

If you lose power it could be days/weeks before it comes back on depending on the severity of the storm.