Monday, September 11, 2006

The Wind Whistles Like a Nightingale...

...Florence Nightingale, that is. Hurricane Florence is approaching the island as I type, with the closest point of approach expected to be 60 nautical miles to the West at 7am.

All hatches have been battened down, all buckets filled with water and all wine bottles prepped for early consumption. It has rained for much of the day, and the tree frogs are croaking in anticipation of the oncoming storm.

I ventured out earlier to do my patented "finger in the air" wind speed check, and reckoned on about 35 knots, with gusts rating higher. It was far too chilly to attempt the much more accurate "nipple-ometer" test, which is accurate to 3 knots , but requires being

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