I don't expect a direct hit, but I expect power and internet power to be lost for some time and maybe widespread damage in my region. There were times where my area got heavy rain from remnants of a tropical system, but I believe this region hasn't encountered such a phenomenon like in a VERY LONG TIME and I am getting very concerned on what the outcome may be. My neighborhood and area isn't prone to flooding, but wind damage is still very possible.
Things can still change, but if it comes to it, I hope there's at least minimal damage from Irene after it passes. I'm keeping an eye for any possible evacuations if the worst is to come.
So with that said I am writing this post while everything is still calm and while I still have internet and power.
Effective Sunday August 28, 2011: I will be on temporary leave here until Irene passes or until power is restored, whenever that may be, if power goes out.
Hope I come out of this with minimal or no damage (and alive if my family chooses to stay put in the house).