All indications are that Hurricane Irene is going to be as big and as dangerous a storm as Katrina was in 2005. It has already done a lot of damage in the Bahamas, where they are accustomed to these kinds of storms, but it’s heading for the most densely populated parts of the Atlantic coast of the United States.
If you are in the path of it, and that includes being a hundred miles from the center of the storm, do everything you possibly can to protect your life, your loved ones, your neighbors who need help, and your property. Stay tuned to local media for emergency plans, and keep an eye on the weather via any source you have. I rely on Weather Underground for the latest and most accurate reporting of the storm’s path.