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Friday, August 26, 2011

Atlantic Beach, NC (Hurricane Irene)

Atlantic Beach, NC (Hurricane Irene)


Atlantic Beach, NC (Hurricane Irene)

Posted: 26 Aug 2011 12:24 PM PDT

High surf from Hurrciane Irene beginning to batter the Atlantic Beach Coast.

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The Curl

Posted: 26 Aug 2011 11:44 AM PDT

Surf at Holden Beach NC as Irene approaches 2-26-11

 

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Stores prepare for storm in Asbury Park

Posted: 26 Aug 2011 11:18 AM PDT

Stores in Asbury Park, NJ prepare on Cookman Avenue, blocks away from Ocean by boarding up the windows facing east. Hotels, businesses and resorts have already announced their closing by 8pm tonight.

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Hurricane Irene: Flooding in Turks and Caicos

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 10:57 AM PDT

This video is was taken on the way to the airport in Turks and Caicos.  As you can see there are many areas on the islands that are flooded.  Many people can not get home.  One of our resort workers from the Beaches resort has not been able to go home for three days, because the roads have been flooded so badly. Our resort was the only place on the island with power, food, and water for the two intense days the hurricane hit Turks and Caicos.  The resort has two 5 million dollar generators that kept power and comfort supplied during the outage.

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strom rolling through Hilton Head Island

Posted: 26 Aug 2011 10:48 AM PDT

Was sitting at the beach this morning and looked out to the ocean.  Above me I saw this deep, blue sky hovering over the ocean in the distance.  After a few minutes passed, the deep blue turned darker and darker and closer to where i was sitting.  It was pretty awesome!  The storm clouds met with the sun and created a picture I'd never seen.

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Hurricane Irene: Flooding in Turks and Caicos

Posted: 26 Aug 2011 09:57 AM PDT

Hello,

 

We were finally  able to leave Turks and Caicos yesterday.  I shot this video on the way to the airport.  There are many areas without power, and lots of flooding on the Island.  One employee of the resort has not been able to get home for three days, because the roads have been flooded.  When we arrived at the airport, they were on back up power, and the lights finally came on around 2:00pm.  We also ran into a woman from California, who had been renting a Villa, and was without power for 3 days.  The flights were all delayed leaving Turks and Caicos, and our flight was delayed at least 2 hours, and there were many more stories just like ours.

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Landfall topsail beach nc

Posted: 26 Aug 2011 09:39 AM PDT

First look from the beach

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New wave of storms hits Hilton Head Island

Posted: 26 Aug 2011 09:29 AM PDT

New storms from Irene hit the coast of Hilton Head Island at 12:22pm.

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Getting ready for a date with irene

Posted: 26 Aug 2011 09:24 AM PDT

Getting ready

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Ocean City MD getting ready for Irene

Posted: 26 Aug 2011 09:19 AM PDT

Ocean city Md evacuated last night, stores closwd to get ready for Irene.

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Train derail.

Posted: 26 Aug 2011 08:58 AM PDT

What the train hit. -RJ Mahnken

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Train derail in NE.

Posted: 26 Aug 2011 08:57 AM PDT

Train derail. Courtesy of RJ Mahnken

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UN Office Bombing in Abuja,Nigeria.

Posted: 26 Aug 2011 08:49 AM PDT

The UN Office in Abuja, was rocked with a bomb blast in the early hours of Friday. Not less than 10 people was  confirmed dead, several others wounded and others are trapped in the building at the the time i got there.

According to a staff of the UN,the bomber was said to have driven into the premises through the exit gate where he detonated the bomb.

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Irene Band Jax Bch

Posted: 26 Aug 2011 08:39 AM PDT

Jacksonville Beach hit with a band of rain and wind from Irene

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People start piling up emergency packages for Irene

Posted: 26 Aug 2011 08:32 AM PDT

Greenwich Village,NYC, also in evacuation zone 'C'.An old lady has a cart full of groceries for sunday.She further mentioned-" I hope god won't make it worst.I know that in worst case I have to go to Baruch college, 24 th street and Lexington Avenue.God Bless America."

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Store Shelves Empty in NJ

Posted: 26 Aug 2011 08:26 AM PDT

This is what remains of the water aisle at a grocery store in Teaneck, NJ about 15 miles outside of NYC

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UN Office Bombing

Posted: 26 Aug 2011 08:23 AM PDT

UN office bombing,Abuja.

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Irene Preps: Long Beach Island, NJ

Posted: 26 Aug 2011 08:13 AM PDT

A Bank of America branch is closed and sealed Saturday morning in Barnegat Light, NJ. Fire Dept. personnel are canvassing neighborhoods making loudspeaker announcements in connection with the mandatory evacuation in effect for Long Beach Island. (Photo: Ben Von Klemperer)

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Preparing for Irene on the OBX

Posted: 26 Aug 2011 08:11 AM PDT

Good morning from the Outer Banks. At this point, Hurricane Irene is  still a threat to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It is currently a  category 2 hurricane, with a good chance of becoming a category 3 before  making landfall on Saturday west of Cape Hatteras. Due to these  circumstances, it is in most residents best interest to evacuate the  area to a safer location. This means that our incoming visitors should  not anticipate checking in on Sunday. We will continue to monitor the  storm, and as soon as the evacuation order has been lifted for  residents, we will try and assess all of our vacation homes as soon as  possible so that our guests can know when they can expect to arrive.  Stay tuned to our Severe Weather page, this blog, and our Facebook page for updates and information. Our Severe Weather page will have information on each vacation home and say whether it is  accessible and inhabitable. We look forward to seeing everyone as soon  as we can.

 

Unfortunately, at this time it looks like I will be evacuating as  well. As much as I would love to stay at home and keep you all updated  throughout the storm, I feel it is in my best interest to get safely out  of the way of Hurricane Irene. This storm looks much different than  Hurricane Earl last year, as we only experienced 60 mph winds with gusts  in the 70′s. The forecast for Hurricane Irene currently shows sustained  winds of at least 110 mph when it makes landfall. I don't think I want  to be standing in the way of those kinds of winds. We will definitely  continue to update on our sites listed above, so stay tuned there, but  unfortunately just not in the form of videos.

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Bomb Attack on UN Office Building

Posted: 26 Aug 2011 07:46 AM PDT

The UN Office in Abuja, was rocked with a bomb blast in the early hours of Friday. Not less than 10 people was  confirmed dead, several others wounded and others are trapped in the building.

The bomber was said to have driven into the premises through the exit gate where he detonated the bomb. The incident took place at about 10:30am.

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Firefighters get ready for Hurrican Irene

Posted: 26 Aug 2011 07:40 AM PDT

These firefighters are moving a lifeguard stand to higher ground at Atlantic Beach, NC. They are preparing for Hurricane Irene

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Maryland couple looking for Irene

Posted: 26 Aug 2011 07:19 AM PDT

This Maryland couple stopped by Atlantic Beach to see what type of waves Irene is bringing to the shores of North Carolina.

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Flickedup.com : "Our Idiot Brother" review

Posted: 26 Aug 2011 06:18 AM PDT

A clueless hippie with no real goals in life drives his family crazy but ends up providing some real life lessons, man.

 

Paul Rudd looks all hippie dippy as "Ned", an immature man-child who drives his family crazy, with his honesty,in the film "Our idiot Brother".

He spends most of the film hopping from one sofa to another after a series of unfortunate events.

First he crashes at his sister Liz's house, played by Emily Mortimer. She's an insecure Brooklyn mom married to Dylan played by comedian Steve Coogan.

He wears out his welcome and moves in with sister Miranda, Elizabeth Banks, a writer for Vanity Fair.

He leaves yet again, and finally he joins Natalie, played by Zooey Deshanel. She's an artsy bisexual bohemian living with her girlfriend, the strangely funny Cindy, played by Rashida Jones. Ned has a knack for always saying or doing the wrong thing. He means well but, his sisters aren't putting up with it.

 

Rudd's character works in this film because his easy, charming sweetness and unpatronizing wisdom make him seem simply uninformed and candid, not stupid. He's part "Forrest Gump" in his passive innocence and part "dude" from "The Big Lebowski" in his look.

"Our Idiot Brother" is not perfect, but, it is idiot-proof.

 

This is a sweet film about how being clueless and positive can bring out the best in people. Rudd's live-and-let-live character comes across as genuine, and proves someone so simple can right the lives of others. Even if it is three troubled sisters.

The flick-o-meter gives "Our Idiot Brother" a solid 3 out of five. The strong cast of comedians help in this film that plays heavily on lifestyles. The hippy, on one hand, and the manhattan yuppy on the other.

Its warm and funny, and really, what is there not to love about a clueless granola cruncher ? Plus, its only 90 minutes long.

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Baby turtle hatches and goes for a swim with Irene

Posted: 26 Aug 2011 05:40 AM PDT

We saw a baby turtle making it's way to the ocean while watching Irene off the coast of Hilton Head Island.

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Storm hitting Hilton Head Island from Irene

Posted: 26 Aug 2011 05:25 AM PDT

Rain and dark clouds are starting to reach us on the coast of Hilton Head Island.

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NC City Storm Preps

Posted: 26 Aug 2011 05:21 AM PDT

Anything that is not bolted down in Atlantic Beach, NC is being removed from the streets in this coastal town.

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Good Night Irene

Posted: 26 Aug 2011 04:49 AM PDT

The Tackle Box Tavern in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, put up this sign as Irene approaches the coast.

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Hilton Head Island can see Irene

Posted: 26 Aug 2011 04:17 AM PDT

A quick picture from our vacation rental on Hilton Head Island.  The storm surge has eroded a lot of beach and massive waves are pounding the coast.

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Deserted Tourist Town

Posted: 26 Aug 2011 03:45 AM PDT

As the sun comes up, it is unusually quiet at this popular area of Atlantic Beach, NC. Tourists & many locals left the island before Irene's arrival. 

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Irene Preps: Long Beach Island, NJ

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 11:47 PM PDT

A 7-11 on New Jersey's Long Beach Island is boarded-up early Friday morning in preparation for Hurricane Irene. The manager said he expected to close the store by Friday afternoon.

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National Strike Night Chile, Aug 24, 2011 Video

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 10:22 PM PDT

One of the situations of the nationa strike in Chile

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National Strike Night Chile, Aug 25, 2011

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 10:08 PM PDT

This video is taken in one of the main av. in Santiago (Gran Avenida).

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Boarding up...on the boardwalk

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 09:21 PM PDT

Ocean City resident Joey Hursh stands outside the candy store she works at and is helping to secure for the storm. As of 7pm Thur only a small handful of businesses had closed and boarded up their shops along the boardwalk. The Candy Kitchen was one of them. They plan to reopen Monday morning. (It's hard to see, but written on the plywood is "Irene is Mean") She sent her kids to relatives' homes in Pennsylvania and plans to leave herself once they force all residents to leave.

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I'm Taking The Chicks and Leaving!

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 09:17 PM PDT

Mandatory Evacuations for Hampton Roads were issued on Thursday to begin Friday morning for Sandbridge, a popular residential and tourist destination at the southern end of Virginia Beach.  Mandatory evacuations for flood prone areas of Norfolk will begin Saturday morning.

But many aren't waiting to evacuate and battle the huge traffic jam expected on Friday and Saturday may be too late.

At 11PM on Thursday, Hurricane Irene was only 597 miles from Norfolk with 115 mph winds.

Water off the Virginia Beach coast is averaging around  80 right now, a warm incubator for this growing hurricane, raging up the eastern seaboard.

Hampton Roads residents are used to hurricane watches and warnings, but most stock up and prepare, and rarely need to evacuate here.

But not this time.

Red flags flew warning swimmers of potentially dangerous waters and rip tides today as only a few people enjoyed what may be the last view of this beautiful beach.

Michael Shuman is a lifeguard in Virginia Beach, seen above, and teaches school in Elizabeth City, NC.  He was busy on Thursday evening "keeping swimmers from breaking the waist-deep rule," he said.

He said he had no plans to evacuate unless it got worse, but was keeping an eye on it.

"My mom evacuated us out of Virginia Beach when we were kids.  We went to Richmond," he recalls.  The hurricane predicted to hit Virginia Beach skirted around the beach and hit us in Richmond.  For Irene, she made reservations at a hotel in Charlottesville, Virginia," he laughed.

Frustrated parents and disappointed students moving into ODU in Norfolk to begin classes next Monday, were told yesterday they could unload but could not stay on campus this weekend, and sent back home.

Massive closings are continuously announced here, as this dangerous hurricane barrels closer, with no land mass predicted to slow her fury until she hits neighboring OBX, and spills onto Hampton Roads Saturday morning.      

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Lining up for gas during evacuation

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 09:15 PM PDT

A line for gas in Ocean City, Maryland...

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Evacuation schmacuation...

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 08:58 PM PDT

Visitors were being asked to leave Ocean City, MD beginning Thursday. But either that message wasn't getting out there or people just weren't too worried yet. A cop on the boardwalk told me in terms of crowd numbers, it appeared to be a pretty average August day on the beach. This LED screen is one of the few signs that a hurricane really is on its way.

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Cutting the vacation short

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 08:50 PM PDT

Sharon Polacky (top left corner) and her family posed for a photo on the last day of their now abbreviated vacation in Ocean City, Maryland. They planned to spend the week--Sunday to Sunday--there, but are now leaving Fri morning as people are being asked to evacuate. They'll take the loss on what they already spent for the unused rooms.

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Hurricane Party!

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 08:29 PM PDT

Be a man! Stay on Fire Island and hang out.  It's going to be exciting!  We'll be battening down the hatches and drinking the bar dry.  Let's invite Irene in and cheer that angry girl up, fire island style.

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Hurricane Irene Effecting Satellite Beach Florida

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 07:28 PM PDT

Nasty waves from Hurricane Irene pounding the shore line

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Virginia Folks Prepare for Irene

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 06:50 PM PDT

The line for propane and gas started early thurs afternoon

 

at BJS . Mini propane tanks left the shelves early not to

 

mention generators . Va prepares for the the largest

 

Hurricane since Isabel . Bottled water filled the grocery

 

carts of most shoppers. Earthquakes , severe

 

thunderstorms and possible Cat 3 hurricane all in a

 

weeks time.

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A thunderstorm, before Hurricane Irene

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 05:04 PM PDT

I this video from my apartment building from Atlantic City. The lights started flickering so, grabed my iPhone. It was a nice light show

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Irene touches Daytona

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 04:49 PM PDT

A few moments prior to the outer bands of Irene reaching the shores of Daytona Beach, FL.

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No water either

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 04:32 PM PDT

I recently sent a picture of the flash lights aisle being empty now this is a different store and they have no water. I'm out doing some stocking up and I'm finding alot of shelves empty. People are taking this serious!

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Pre-Irene Celebrations

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 04:23 PM PDT

My restaurant, RUM JAC RUM, in Ocean Bay Park, Fire Island, NY... serving up some specials before everyone is forced to leave the island.

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Ocean Waves before Hurricane Irene Passes by New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 03:38 PM PDT

Video taken around 2pm EST on August 25, 2011, at Canaveral National Seashore near New Smyrna Beach, Florida.  Normally the water does not extend this far on to the dune but today it was washing all the way in. High tide was not until 6:22pm.

 

It was difficult to steady myself taking this video as the winds were pretty strong and kept pushing me around.

 

Hurricane Irene was still over 260 miles from this point and yet the waves were very strong and high.  I estimated some of the waves to be at least 6 feet if not closer to 10 feet.

 

The water was washing on to shore where the turltle nests were so that isn't good for the turtles.

 

You could feel and see the power of the ocean just watching the waves.  Because of the salt mist, visibility was greatly reduced.  The air was very heavy and tropical making it hard to breathe.

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No flash lights!

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 03:30 PM PDT

All flash lights have been sold. I'm from long island NY

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Florida Surf

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 03:30 PM PDT

Surfers in Deerfield Beach Florida say the waves, thanks to Irene, were 10 feet and clean Thursday.

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Stuart Beach Stuart Fl

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 03:25 PM PDT

Afterschool fun in Stuart

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Benghazi Comes Alive

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 03:24 PM PDT

Video shot this past Monday night in Freedom Square, Benghazi

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Here Comes Irene!

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 03:23 PM PDT

From Hightower Beach, about 300 yds from my front door. People are swimming and surfing in this... I'm from Minnesota so am staying as far away as I can.

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Hurricane Irene passes by Anguilla

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 03:23 PM PDT

Just returned from the island of Anguilla BWI where hurricane Irene passed north of us and put on a light show.

I had the windows closed in the hotel because the wind would have clipped the noise gate on the cam corder and produced a garbly sound. So I was shooting through the glass...still though this is insane. Still headed out to Ripples for drinks....I wasn't going to let a hurricane slow me down hehehe ;-)

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Apple being unsuccesful? Please!

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 02:25 PM PDT

  My take on the whole thing "Steve Jobs" thing...

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Watching the Fireworks in Benghazi

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 01:55 PM PDT

Watching the sparks fly in Freedom Square, Benghazi this past Monday night.  Everyone was celebrating the (ultimately false) reports that two of Gaddafi's sons had been captured.  I suspect that the city will go positively mad when the inevitable does occur and all of the Gaddafi family is sitting together in a cage Cairo style.

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Surfers at Lauderdale by The Sea, Fl

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 01:07 PM PDT

Riding a wild surf!

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Hurricane Irene

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 01:03 PM PDT

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Local stores' shelves are emptying out in wake of Hurricane Irene

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 12:34 PM PDT

I went to the local Home Depot to get some emergency supplies (batteries, possibly a generator, etc.).   A worker their told me that they had been selling generators daily. Yesterday, about 16 were sold. 

 

By Friday, August 26, who knows what will be available for purchase?

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Lobster Quesadilla

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 11:16 AM PDT

The best thing I ever ate is the Lobster Quesadilla with Lobster Dipping Sauce at my friends' restaurant, Santa Cruz's Olitas Cantina & Grille! It's my favorite dish because the freshness of the lobster combined with the delicious cheese inside a warm soft tortilla tastes so good, and then when you dip it into the lobster sauce, it just adds a whole other level of richness and deliciousness. It's simple. It's fresh. It's rich. It's the best!

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Hurricane Irene Report Providenciales Turks and Caicos

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 09:44 AM PDT

Hurricane Irene Report Providenciales Turks and Caicos

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AM Irene Update from the OBX 8.25

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 06:43 AM PDT

As of this morning, Irene is still a Category 3 hurricane sitting over the Bahamas. Winds are at about 115 mph and unfortunately the track has not shifted any to the east, it actually moved slightly west. Landfall is still predicted around Cape Hatteras or slightly off the coast.

 

Dare County has issued an evacuation for all visitors as of 8am this morning, and we anticipate a similar message from Currituck County within the next 2 hours.

 

Our guests are beginning to evacuate, and as far as I could see, traffic doesn't seem too bad on Highway 12 and 158.

 

We'll continue to monitor and update on current and future conditions...

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King Tut and his M&M's

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 03:28 AM PDT

OK, it's not likely that King Tut would have experienced the taste of an M&M...in this life anyway, but in a tribute to the boy King, Aberdeen Centre in Richmond BC decided to construct the world's largest exhibit made entirely out of millions of "hand" sorted and hand glued M&M's. How many M&M's disappeared during construction is not known exactly but apparently occasional M&M tasting is part of the rigorous testing required for building this ginormous "melt in your mouth not in your hands" exhibit. I was happy to help out.

 

Application to the "Guinness Book of World Records" for world's largest build using M&M's  is well under way.

 

Dio, the engineer in charge of the M&M build tells me that his next goal is to construct a large scale model of the Statute of Liberty. Lets hope there's enough green M&M's available for that one!

 

Produced and Hosted by: Percy von Lipinski

Camera and Editor: Chris Newton

Associate Producer: Ken Burke

 



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New Zealand

Posted: 25 Aug 2011 02:05 AM PDT

Rotorua, New Zealand. Gorgeous place with geothermal pools, geysers, and mud pools.

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Polynesian Seafaring Voyagers arrive on the Shores of Malibu

Posted: 24 Aug 2011 10:54 PM PDT

Traveling around the Pacific Coast are a group of Polynesian Voyagers; Pacific Voyagers.They arrived to the shores of Paradise Cove in Malibu, and were greeted by the Chumash People and the Malibu community.

 

Paradise Cove, off Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), would be easy to miss if you didn't know what you were looking for. A charming community, with a sandy beach front Cafe'(Paradise Cove Beach Cafe), it is indeed a little paradise. The perfect place to welcome seafaring voyagers.
A voyage that would begin in New Zealand, quickly spread to include many other islands, including: Cook Islands, Figi, Aotearoa, Samoa,Tahiti (French Polynesia), Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Tonga, Hawaii, and Vanuatu.
The Pacific Islanders began their voyage in March. Sailing their Vaka's, vessels of indigenous islanders, they are following the ancient tradition of honoring the sea.
The Wishtoyo Foundation, Chumash of Malibu, performed a traditional welcoming ceremony. Gifts were bestowed on the seafaring travelers; produce from local farms, dry goods, and blankets for their trip.
Brown, one of the Polynesian voyagers from the Cook Islands, explains the reason for their trip, "We are helping our brother nations revive this part of their culture" The second message they are spreading on their journey is man's impact on the environment and marine life. "We are all connected to the ocean, bringing  together consciousness and culture."
The greetings, tributes, dances, and ceremonies, of both the Chumash people and the Pacific Islanders, were magnificent  to watch. While the waves crashed onto the shore, we were given a window into ancient rituals,
Hard to believe we were on a beach in Malibu and not on a Polynesian island.


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Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC) 2011

Posted: 24 Aug 2011 10:00 PM PDT

Last weekend on August 20th and 21st distributors, vendors, collectors, and fans gathered for the ultimate pop culture fusion experience of East and West at the Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC). This event included Nintendo, Hot Toys, Lucasfilm, Marvel, and DC Comics as well as an army of cosplay fans where individuals dress up in costume and accessories to represent their ideals. Majority of these costume characters are from anime series as well as movies like Predators and Star Wars.

 

Godaizer

The STGCC also hosted films and panels so creators can showcase their work. The first one was an animated 18 minute short by Singaporean director and producer Hillary Yeo called Godaizer. The film is about an old man and his grandson using a  decommissioned robot to defend their country against an awakened monster. The film was short and sweet allowing the action to speak for itself since there were no voice actors. However the disappointed followed afterwards when there was no question and answer session with the director.

 

DC Comics Paul Levitz

Former President and Publisher Paul Levitz without his signature mustache represented DC Comics at the STGCC and he is best known for his work on The Legion of Super-Heroes. During a panel spotlighting on him, Levitz describes his love of the giant cast of the Legion of Super-Heroes which provides a complexity of stories and increases his secret knowledge of what will happen next.

 

Levitz was the co-creator of the Huntress who is set to star in a limited series beginning this October. Starting in Gotham City the Huntress uncovers a human trafficking ring leading her to Italy and culminating with the largest price on her head by the end of the series. Levitz describes the Huntress as someone who is driven by attitude.

 

Levitz also briefly spoke about his book 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking and describing it as a museum in book form. He also answered a question from an audience member asking him how he begins a story. Levitz answered by always asking what is the tone and the driving goal.

 

Comic Creators East Meets West Panel

On Saturday Marvel Comics' Senior VP of Creator and Content Development C.B. Cebulski was the moderator bringing together today's talent from across the globe including American writer Paul Levitz, British writer Kieron Gillen, Hong Kong artist Stanley Lau, Malaysian artist Sonny Liew, and Filipino artist Stephen Segovia.

 

Kieron Gillen of Uncanny X-Men arrives to the panel dressed as the John Travolta character from Saturday Night Fever. Stephen Segovia encouraged upcoming Asian artists by expressing good stuff translates over boundaries while Paul Levitz encouraged writers to keep writing and to build a body of work including blogging. Levitz believes writing is like hitting your head against a brick wall until it breaks – that is when people know you have talent.

 

Levitz shared a story of how Watchmen writer Alan Moore caught his attention by writing a letter to his home describing Levitz as the greatest editor in America and how Moore is the greatest writer in England. The letter led to Moore beginning his run in Swamp Thing.

 

 

Marvel: Your Universe Panel

On Sunday an all-star international panel of talents dedicated to Marvel Comics provided their feedback hosted by C.B. Cebulski. The stars included British writer Kieron Gillen (Uncanny X-Men), Stephen Segovia, Leinil Yu (Superior), Carlo Pagulayan (Planet Hulk), Mico Suayan, Harvey Tolibao, and Ben Ang who was discovered at last year's STGCC.

 

Kieron Gillen believes the hardest person to write is the X-Men Storm who has varying experiences as a thief, goddess, and a leader of the X-Men since it is hard to pinpoint her point of view. Filipino artist Harvey Tolibao who was responsible for the drawing the STGCC Captain America #1 variant cover believes the hardest character to draw is the X-Men Jean Grey as the Phoenix. However due to his thick Filipino accent, the panel and the audience members believed he said 'Penis' instead of 'Phoenix.'

 

 

Room for Improvement

Unlike the comic conventions like the San Diego, Baltimore, and the upcoming New York Comic-Con, the STGCC had a sparse representation of the two comic publishers Marvel and DC Comics. One would have hoped the digital age of comics would bring more writers and artists from the two publishers to push their books into the international markets. Their comic movies foreign grosses such as Iron Man 2 and the Dark Knight represent nearly 50% of their total box office take according to Box Office Mojo.

 

Disney who currently owns Marvel Comics made over $1 billion worldwide for Toy Story 3. Nearly 61% of the total came from the international markets. If comic publishers established the same culture on comics as they do on their movie franchises then the comic book industry would not be on a declining trend however it is easy to say it than to do it.

 

Luckily numerous vendors took advantage and sold their toy-related movie and television series products including Transformers, Thundercats, Star Wars, He-Man, X-Men, and many more. Overall the experience was a buffet of past and present fusion of pop culture building enough momentum for next Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention in 2012.

 

REFERENCES

Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention http://www.singaporetgcc.com/

DC Comics http://dccomics.com/dccomics/

Marvel Comics http://marvel.com/

Devil Comics Entertainment http://devilcomics.blogspot.com/

 

Special Thanks to Hooilee Photography Studio

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Angelina's Pepperoni Pizza

Posted: 24 Aug 2011 09:17 PM PDT

I am a fan of my own pizza. This is pepperoni pizza I prepared at my restaurant, Angelina's Restaurant on Route 15 in Cambridge, Vermont. I love my pizza because I make my own sauce and dough and use quality toppings. Angelina's is known for having the BEST pizza. Patrons tell me time after time, "This is the BEST pizza I ever had." I feel confident recommending Angelina's to people because I know it will leave a good taste in their mouth. I have been making pizzas at Angelina's for over 26 years.

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The Future of Apple

Posted: 24 Aug 2011 08:46 PM PDT

What's the future of Apple now that Steve Jobs has resigned? This has been a very strategic move for both the company, the brand, and for Steve Jobs himself!

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Afternoon Update on the Outer Banks 8.24

Posted: 24 Aug 2011 01:34 PM PDT

After the 2:00 updated forecast on Hurricane Irene, there has not been  much of a change. The projected path seems to have moved slightly  further east, but not much. We're still keeping our fingers crossed that  it will keep inching eastward. As of now, the hurricane is a Category 3  blowing 120 mph and is situated over the Bahamas. This is still nearly  950 miles from the northern Outer Banks, so conditions have not changed  in Corolla and Duck. The swell has increased slightly, but only because  it was Lake Atlantic this morning. The waves are still only 1-2 feet and  visitors are swimming and enjoying a beautiful beach day.

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