The outer bands of the hurricane are just reaching us. The first big gust of wind started outside when I began writing this. Oh, and there was the first thunder.
I'm usually not worried about this sort of thing. In Alabama (maybe everywhere else, too), the news stations love to play up a tornado or hurricane. Ivan was supposedly going to be terrible up here, but we got no more than a few leaves blown off the trees.
Still, Dennis is heading right for us, so for once we did the appropriate preparations ... securing the patio furniture, closing the shutters. As Darwin was closing one shutter, the top hinge came loose from the window frame, so he took it down and stowed it in the workshop. Our shutters seem to be disintegrating before our eyes anyway ... that's one of the issue we need to address before we do an exterior painting Work Day.
Anyway, I'm off to watch the all hurricane, all the time channel. Wish us luck. :)