MC writes in after a weird and unexplained absence:
First the earthquake, next should be Irene on Saturday. DC does not do well with tropical systems either.
The Mandarin has wisely steered it, by way of apology for the earthquake, toward North Carolina.
Hope this helps all the DCers cope with horrific hardship and recovery after the Quake of 11. Even now, local news reporters are on the Potomac, awaiting the inevitable tsunami that they understand now follows any earthquake.