Well, I'll be... As of 5 p.m. Saturday, Hurricane Irene still has her claws set on New York City. The real action is forecast to center on the city from 2 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, with winds expected to reach 50 mph and gusts as potent as 80 mph, with 6-12 inches of rain.
I took Abby & Spencer for an afternoon walk at 4:30 p.m., as the rain momentarily eased, and there were tons more folks on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade than when I was out an noon. Apparently, the notion that we're trapped at home is enough to keep a parade of peeps checking the action outside.National headlines: * A 2.9 mag earthquake reported near Albany, N.Y.! * Six deaths blamed on Irene: 1 dumb Florida surfer, 3 in N.C., 2 in Va. * Morehead City, N.C., completely blacked out by power outage * Columbia, N.C., reports 20 inches of rain * NY Gov. Cuomo aligns 1,900 National Guard troops * N.Y. airports closed all weekend.Back in Brooklyn: Gray and drizzly, but not anything close to alarming conditions at this point.Below is the center of the hurricane as of 5 p.m., and on the right is NY1's prediction of the worst of Irene's winds, peaking around noon Sunday. I'll keep shooting the scene as long as my bloomers don't blow off.